It’s been a hectic weekend (updated for more information about matches over last weekend)

We’ve just had a very busy weekend

With matches on both Saturday and Sunday it’s been a busy weekend for the club. On Saturday the under 13s and under 15s had the short journey to Lewes for their second match of the season on a pleasantly warm afternoon. The under 13s were disappointingly low in numbers, although Gabi Holland again did her best to make up for this with 3 A string wins in the 1200 metres (AAA grade 1 performance and a new club record), hurdles and javelin. The under 15 girls were able to fill all of their events with the exception of the pole vault with Ella Kessell coming close to matching Gabi’s performance. Ella had A string wins in the hammer and discus and second in the javelin, well supported by Emma Smyth winning the B string hammer and discus – Emma also helped out in the B string hurdles. Grace McCullough kept up the good work of the throwers with a big win in the A string shot.

The boys saw Ellis Beynon becoming our newest 5 metres long jumper with a best of exactly 5 metres – and he and Jed Defriend both improved their 100 metres pbs. Oscar Staples had 3 no throws in the javelin in the previous match but this time all 3 throws were OK with a best of over 15 metres. Well done indeed.

But perhaps more important was the atmosphere with a good number of athletes, lots of mums and dads (and grandparents) making a lot of noise whenever an East Grinstead athlete was competing. If you couldn’t get to this match then come and experience it when the team competes again on Sunday 23 June at Ashford.

Then on Sunday the senior team travelled to Wimbledon for their second match of the season. It was great to see a number of under 17s making their first appearance in the senior league – Lucy Rogers, Cameron Wells, Beau Beames, Patrick Spurle and Daniel leRoy – and the return to league action in an East Grinstead vest of a slightly older athlete Karen Wells. An injury to Wayne Gadd was however a bit of a downer. The match was always going to be a difficult one and we were never likely to get close to the top 2 teams – and we just about had enough points to come third of the 4 teams.

Star performer was Rebekah Tyler with A string wins in the 100 metres (even if we didn’t get under 13 seconds) and 200 metres and then in the long jump with a best of 4.99 metres – you will get 5 metres soon. Sarah Killick-Bird did her usual many events and kept the points coming.

An innovation for the senior match was that in the 4 x 400 relays teams had to have 2 ladies and 2 men. We were able to field both an A team and a B team with the A team of Sarah K-B and Rebekah, Patrick and Daniel setting a new club record. The fourth match in July will be the next time we have mixed relays – the teams that day will have a target to aim at.

The senior team’s next match is on Saturday June 15 when we go down to Lewes.

 A slightly less busy couple of weeks ahead

After the very busy first few weeks to the season we have a slightly less hectic part of the season. But we still have matches. This Sunday May 26 our under 17s and under 20s (school years 10 and above) go to Mile End in East London for their second match of the season. And on Thursday May 30 our under 15s have the first match in the Sussex Under 15 league – this match is in half-term week and so we’ll probably have one or two athletes away ?? The weekend of June 1 and 2 then sees no matches at all.

(Please note that the above under 15 match was originally to be held on the Friday evening – but has now been moved to the Thursday evening at K2.)

During the half term week – on Wednesday May 29 – the Sussex Schools combined events championships take place at K2. I’ll give a few more details of this when I’ve found out more myself.

What’s happening in the next week ?

Monday May 20 – circuit training at Imberhorne.

Tuesday May 21 – training at Sackville from 7 to 8 for all athletes.

Thursday May 23 – 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 25 – academy training at Imberhorne from 11 to 12.

Sunday May 26 – match for under 17s and under 20s (school years 10 and above) at Mile End in East London.



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