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Changes to Tuesday evening training sessions

From this week – starting on Tuesday May 24 – our Tuesday evening training sessions will take place at Sackville School rather than at Imberhorne Upper School. In addition the Tuesday session will run from 7 o’clock to 8.30 for all of our athletes – however old you are.

However please note that Thursday evening training will still take place at Imberhorne School and will still be split into 2 sessions with the younger athletes training from 7 to 8 and older athletes from 7.30 to 8.45. (Saturday morning Academy sessions will also continue to take place at Imberhorne.)

We are doing this because the grass track at Imberhorne is not yet available as it is too wet to be marked out (and has not been rolled) and we need our athletes to train on a 400 metres track. There will still be a charge of £1.50 for the sessions at Sackville, though your training season ticket will of course be valid.

Any questions about this change then please contact Lester Medcalf or Phil Rogers.

Last Saturday at Lewes

A busy weekend with matches on both Saturday and Sunday. We’ll start with the under 13 and under 15 match on Saturday at Lewes.

Pride of place has to go to our under 15 boys sprinters who secured six first places. The 100 metres saw Ethan Carrick win the A string in 12.3 seconds with James Pringle winning the B string in 12.4 seconds. The 200 metres saw Ethan again winning the A string – 25.1 seconds – while Harry English took the B string race in 26.8 seconds. The longer 300 metres races then saw James winning the 300 metres in a very good 39.9 seconds with Harry taking the B string in 42.3 seconds. And then when the 3 boys joined up with Danny O’Sullivan for the 4 x 100 metres relay they brought home another first place.

The 3 sprinters also helped out in the throwing events with Ethan in particular putting the shot 8.55 metres to earn a second place. Elsewhere among the under 15 boys Luke Davison cleared 1.35 metres in the high jump, while Jack Sanders was busy throwing the shot and javelin.

In contrast the under 15 girls found things rather more difficult, not helped by Erin Harnett only arriving as her hurdles race started. The best individual performances came with second places in the B string events – from Izzy Sims in the 1500 metres  and Jemma Edgar in the 800 metres. Izzy Sims and Katie Wheeler also came up with a pair of third places in the discus. However the girls saved their best until last when Antonia Deeley, Izzy, Jemma  and Erin teamed up for the 4 x 300 metres relay to earn an excellent second place in a new under 15 club record – at one time it looked as if Erin on the last leg might make up a gap of about 50 metres, but it was just too much to ask.

Back to the boys where under 13 Cameron Wells was near his best when winning the high jump with 1.30 metres – he narrowly missed clearing 1.35 metres which would have been a new personal best. He also went over 4 metres again in the long jump. Eoin O’Donoghue continues to improve in the shot putt and his best putt of 7.30 metres (a pb) gained him the A string win, with Cameron MacInnes winning the B string event with a personal best of 5.83 metres.

Despite showing too much space between the top of the hurdles and his hurdling leg Daniel Wheeler was a comfortable winner of the under 13 75 metres hurdles in 15.1 seconds. He also threw the javelin a healthy 16.33 metres. Daniel le Roy ran well in the under 13 sprints and Sam Rushton kept the points coming in in his first match.

In the under 13 girls events Maddie Sims again ran away with the 800 metres to win in just under 2 minutes and 37 seconds and she added to this by winning the long jump with 4.08 metres – her first time over 4 metres. Hannah Plumb was again a clear winner of the high jump with 1.38 metres and she also threw the javelin over 20 metres for the first time – which gave her second place in that event. Olivia Barton supported Hannah well to win the B string javelin. She, along with Lucy Rogers, again improved her shot putting.

Appearing in her first match Millie Davis showed much potential in the 75 metres, when she won the non-scoring race in 11.0 seconds, as well as coming third in the 150 metres. And while Olivia Aston was close to her best in the sprints the competition was strong. In the 70 metres hurdles Ella West’s time of 14.7 seconds gave her second place with Issy Carrick recording 15.3 seconds in the B string.

And just when we thought that Lucy and Hattie Williams weren’t coming they arrived in time for the under 13 1200 metres races – the first time they have taken part in a match for us.

Competing against 6 other clubs we were hoping that we might do a little better than we did in the first match in April when they finished 5th. However although we closed the gap between us and the rest of the teams we still ended up in fifth place. The third match of the season will be on Sunday June 19, again at Lewes. I think this is Father’s Day. I’m sure your Dad would rather come to Lewes  to watch you doing athletics than having a meal somewhere !!


Last Sunday at K2

On Sunday we were the co-hosts at K2 with the combined Holland/Dorking team. However even with the match close to home both the mens and ladies teams were badly affected by injuries, illnesses and athletes deciding they had other things to do.

As usually happens the men produced an early first place with Phil Spivey throwing nearly 50 metres to win the hammer throw, with Eddie Vermeer capturing second place in the B string with just over 30 metres. And the ladies also produced some early first places. Amber West added 5 centimetres to her previous best in the pole vault to win with 1.65 metres. And the sand-pit was again a successful area for the ladies. Abby Beswick’s jump of 5.41 metres and Sarah Rusling’s 4.59 metres gave us a double win. And in her first match Tori Gache did the non-scoring long jump and was the only other jumper over 4 metres with 4.04 metres.

Later in the afternoon Sarah returned to the sand-pit to win the triple jump with 10.18 metres with Amber setting a new best to win the B string event with 9.32 metres. Again we had another non-scoring jumper with Mia Russell jumping over 9 metres – 9.25 metres being her best. Mia had earlier won the B string shot putt with just over 7 metres – her first putt with the 4k weight – and she later came second in the high jump with 1.46 metres.

Other second places for the ladies came in the 100 metres with from Abby (12.8 seconds) in the A string race and Tori (14.7 seconds) in the B string race and Tara Deeley with over 15 metres in the B string javelin. Sarah Rusling was busy all afternoon, adding three throws and the high jump to her sand-pit endeavours.

And then in the 2 relay races at the end of the day the ladies picked up another pair of second places. I was especially pleased that the 4 x 400 team of Sarah, Mia, Abby and Tori decided that they weren’t going just to jog round and they ran a strong race for their second place.

However the men were finding everything very tough indeed. Daniel Rusling’s 5.53 metres long jump earned him second place in the A string while Phil Rogers’ 5.13 metres got him second in the B string. They also joined up in the triple and high jumps. The track races were very very hard – Matt Burroughs, Lincoln Campbell (30 years older than most of his opponents) and Jamie Allbeury all did their best on the track but with nobody to run 1500 or longer and no hurdler we were giving away points. Eddie Vermeer and Phil Rogers likewise did their best in the remaining throws but the competition was strong.

No surprise that we ended up in a very distant fourth place at the end of the match. The next match is on Saturday June 18 at Eltham – it would be great to see more athletes there.

Under 17/20 match at Kingston on Sunday May 29

This coming Sunday our under 17 and under 20 athletes join forces with athletes from Haywards Heath and Lewes to compete at Kingston. I’m afraid to say that the response has been hugely disappointing with, once again, no East Grinstead male athletes so far coming to the match.

Half-term athletics

For those of you in school years 7 up to 11 there is a Combined Events schools meeting at K2 on Wednesday June 1. Details are available on the Sussex AAA website. You can ask your school to enter you, or you can enter directly – entry is free. If you need further information then speak to one of the club’s coaches.

And also during that half-term week we have a Sussex Under 15 league match at Horsham on the evening of Friday June 3.

Our own Tuesday evening session at Sackville and Thursday evening session at Imberhorne will take place during half-term week.

What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday May 24 – training for all at Sackville School from 7 to 8.30.

Thursday May 26 – training for all at Imberhorne Upper School from 7pm.

Saturday May 28 – academy training at Imberhorne from 11 to 12.

Sunday May 29 – Under 17 and under 20 match at Kingston.




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