News from young athletes match at Ashford

Match on Saturday April 27

Our youngest athletes – school years 6, 7, 8 and 9 – went to Ashford last Saturday for their first match of the season. We didn’t have as many athletes as we would have liked and finished 5th of the 7 teams taking part. As always the athletes that did go to the match did their very best in their various events and we thank them for their effort.

I don’t have the full results but I do know that under 13 Gabi Holland came home with three first places – no surprise that one of them was in the 800 metres – but the hurdles and the javelin first places were unexpected. And Chloe Grantham, now a first year under 15, also produced a first place in her javelin with just over 22 metres – Emma Smyth made it a double first in winning the B string javelin with over 20 metres.

I’ll bring you a bit more detail when I’ve seen the full results.

A reminder that we have recently changed our training sessions for the summer

Tuesday evening training for everybody will take place at Sackville School from 7 to 8.

Thursday evening training continues at Imberhorne as follows. School years 6 and 7 will train from 6.45 to 7.45 while the distance runners will train on the Imberhorne playing fields from 6.45 to 8. Other athletes will train from 7.30 to 8.30.

These new Tuesday and Thursday sessions will continue for the rest of the summer.

It’s time to renew your membership

Now we are almost in May you really should have paid your membership fee. If you don’t pay soon you may well be struck off our membership list.

Sussex County Championships on Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12 at K2 in Crawley

A late flurry saw a good number of our athletes entering the Sussex County Championships. You have until midnight on Monday April 29 to enter.

Matches in the next week

Matches are coming thick and fast at the moment and you really should be taking part in many of them. If you don’t compete regularly then we may cancel your membership. Our coaches give their time to help you improve your athletics – and this can only be tested if you compete.

Sunday May 5 sees a match for those in school years 10 and above at Medway near Gillingham. Oliver Harnett is the team manager for this age group and has been.

Tuesday May 7 in the evening sees our youngest athletes in school years 6 and 7 competing at K2 in Crawley. Team manager Suzie Shelley will be contacting you with details of this match. All of our under 13 athletes are expected to compete in this match – there is no training for under 13s that evening.

What’s happening in the next week ?

Monday April 29 – circuit training at Imberhorne.

Tuesday April 30 – training for all at Sackville School from 7 to 8.

Thursday May 2 – training for all at Imberhorne. Years 6 and 7 from 6.45 to 7.45. Distance runners from 6.45 to 8 and all other athletes from 7.30 to 8.30.

Saturday May 4 – academy starts at Imberhorne from 11 to 12.

Sunday May 5 – match for school years 10 and above at Medway.

Tuesday May 7 – match at K2 for those of you in school years 6 and 7. No training for this age-group but training for all other athletes at Sackville from 7 to 8.

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