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News from Saturday’s Schools Championships

A good day for our athletes on Saturday with a number of medals and some near misses. Starting at K2 and one of the early field events brought us a pair of first places. Perhaps no surprise that Abby Beswick won the senior girls long jump in her very last appearances at these championships with a best jump of 5.30 metres – a little below the distances she has been jumping recently with more than her normal number of no-jumps. Although this was below the entry standard for the All-England Schools she has achieved the required standard in 3 other meetings this year.

However something rather less expected came our way in the intermediate girls long jump. Amber West opened with a pb of 4.69 metres and to our surprise nobody else was able to jump further on the day. Amber had another jump of 4.69 metres, and there was a 4.67 jump as well. So an excellent first place for Amber.

A third gold medal arrived our way in the afternoon in the junior boys 100 metres. Ethan Carrick and James Pringle had both come through their heats in the morning and then in the final it was James who came first in a very close race with a pb of 11.88 seconds – Ethan fourth in a pb of 12.09 seconds. We had another finalist in the 100 metres races when Emmie van Lieshout came through her morning heat in the intermediate girls race – and another fourth place in her final with a pb of 12.88 seconds.

Staying on the K2 track Erin Harnett and Antonia Deeley had both been away in Spain with their school during the week – not the best preparation for a county championship. And not surprisingly they were not quite at their best. Erin 2:42.74 in her 800 metres and Antonia 5:28.01 in her 1500 metres. Tori Gache ran in the 800 metres for intermediate girls and found it rather hard going. I haven’t been able to find her time as yet.

And then in one of the last field events of the day there was another medal for one of our athletes when Ben Beard’s best throw of 31.20 metres brought him third place in the intermediate boys discus.

However this wasn’t the last medal of the day because down in Street in Somerset Mia Russell was taking part in the Somerset Schools champs. An early fourth place in the intermediate girls triple jump with a pb of 9.43 metres was followed by another pb in the shot putt where her best putt of 9.21 metres earned her second place.

(Earlier in the week Maddie Sims had taken part in the regional independent primary schools championships at the Bromley track. She won the 600 metres and then produced a pb of 4.33 metres to win the long jump. She will now go forward to the national finals in both of these events – to be held in Birmingham on June 29 I think it is.)

Training this week

As you will know by now Tuesday evening training takes place at Sackville School. All age-groups train from 7 to 8.30.

Please note however that there will no training this Thursday June 16 for any age-group. The track at Imberhorne will be cleaned and repaired this week and so will not be available on Thursday evening. In addition we have an under 13 match on Thursday evening at Horsham and this will involve a number of our coaches.

A busy few days coming up

At the end of this week we will be busy with a number of different matches. On the evening of Thursday June 16 we have an under 13 match at Horsham – Phil Rogers is contacting you. A couple of days later on Saturday June 18 our senior team will be going to the Sutcliffe Park track in Eltham in south-east London for their third match of the season. And to complete this busy few days our under 13 and under 15 athletes go to Lewes for their third match of the season on Sunday June 19 – but please do not take footballs or rugby balls.

What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday June 14 – training for all at Sackville School from 7 to 8.30.

Thursday June 16 – match for under 13s at Horsham. Meet at Horsham by 6pm.


Saturday June 18 – senior match at Eltham SE9 5LW.

Saturday June 18 – no academy training this week.

Sunday June 19 – match for under 13 and under 15 athletes at Lewes.

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