The summer season has started (updated for more news from last weekend’s match at Hastings)

News from Saturday’s senior match at Hastings

A chilly day at Hastings with a 20 minute hail shower when we were judging the high jump – which we sheltered from while the track events continued. We were short on athletes, though many of the other clubs were also missing athletes. As usual our athletes were asked to do a variety of events and I thank them for just getting on with it and doing their best.

I have the provisional results which show us in second place behind Horsham but ahead of Worthing and Swale. Let’s hope that these positions are confirmed when the final results are received.

A big well done goes to Ella West in her first year as an under 17 and who triple-jumped over 10 metres for the first time to win the A string event (with Sarah Rusling winning the B string). And at the end of the day Ella made up the numbers in the 4 x 400 relay.

We had a clean sweep in the high jump with 4 first places. Wayne Gadd and Dorian Szatmari won the A and B strings for the men with Sarah Killick-Bird and Abby Beswick doing likewise for the ladies – though Sarah was nowhere near 100% with a chest infection.

Rebekah Tyler claimed three A string first places. She started with the shot putt and followed this up in the 100 metres. Then later it was the 200 metres, though she was not at all well after the longer sprint. Dorian Szatmari also made it three first places. As well as the above B string high jump he won the A string long jump with 5.84 metres and the B string 100 metres.

But all of our 12 athletes – 6 men and 6 ladies – performed well and each of them played their part in securing that second place (if that’s confirmed).

The seniors have their next match on Sunday May 19 at Wimbledon.

It may be school Easter holidays but ……..

….training at Imberhorne continues as normal on Thursday evenings.

It’s time to renew your membership

You should now be playing your membership fees in time for the summer season. Paying by bank transfer is the simplest but you can also pay by cash or cheque on training nights. New club members will also need to buy a club vest (and you can try one on at our training evenings).

Next match on Saturday April 27

Our next match will be for our youngest athletes – school years 6, 7, 8 and 9 – on Saturday April 27 at Ashford in Kent. Team managers will be in touch with our athletes in the next few days.

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

The Sussex County Champs will soon be with us. Entries have to be made by Monday April 29 at the latest – so if you are thinking of competing there isn’t that much time to do so. More details on the Sussex AAA website – or talk to one of the coaches.

Open Meeting at Crawley on Saturday April 20

There will be another open meeting this coming Saturday at K2. Details on the Crawley AC website.

Change in training sessions after Easter

All members should have received a note recently telling you about changes to training sessions after the Easter weekend.

Firstly there will be Tuesday evening training for everybody at Sackville School from 7 to 8.

Thursday evenings continue at Imberhorne but the timings have changed. 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 or 8.45.

What’s happening in the next couple of weeks ?

Monday April 15 – NO circuit training this week. Restarts on April 29.

Tuesday April 16 – NO sprint and long/triple jump training this week.

Thursday April 18 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7 to 8.

Saturday April 20 – open meeting at K2.

Tuesday April 23 – training for all at Sackville School from 7 to 8.

Thursday April 25 – 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 April 27 – match for school years 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Ashford in Kent.



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