News from recent matches

Under 13 match on Thursday evening

Our under 13s (school years 6 and 7) had their second midweek match of the season last Thursday evening on a rather cool and windy (and wet in the last half-hour or so) evening. Not at all good weather for athletics. We had a good turn-out of athletes – over 20 in total – though missing out on a few girls which left some gaps in our team.

Highlights were a win for Gabi Holland in the 600 metres as she lead all the way but had to hold off a strong challenge in the home straight and another win for Albert Holroyd in the discus (with Harry Rogers supporting him well with a second place in the B string discus). Both Gabi and Albert earned third places in their second event.

In his first match of the season Luke Foulds came second in his hurdles race and we had a scattering of third places – May Sippetts in the B string 600 metres behind Gabi and then an impressive and somewhat surprising 3rd place in the A string javelin. Maisie Holloway earned third place in the A string shot with William Taylor adding 5 centimetres to his previous best high jump.

Overall we finished in fifth place. The good turn out of athletes was great to see.

The next midweek match for the under 13s will take place on Tuesday July 16.

Senior match on Saturday

A rather thin team went to Lewes for the third senior match on Saturday. The inter-county schools match on the same day took away 3 of our under 17 athletes as well as a couple of parents who would also have competed for us at Lewes. But as always seems to be the case the athletes who were at the match produced a number of excellent performances and meant that we did better than we feared.

And, as has often been the case this year, our throwers again did great things. For the ladies Abby Beswick and Sarah Rusling came home with 5 first places in their throws. Not to be outdone the men also produced 5 first places in their throws – Scott Clark in the B string shot plus Eddie Vermeer and first year under 17 Matti Fish. In particular Matti won the A string javelin – in all his throws he was of course throwing the heavier senior men weights. We even had Wayne Gadd non-scoring in the discus !

Elsewhere the afore-mentioned Wayne Gadd alongside Tim Ivorson came up with a double first in the 400 hurdles and also on the track Patrick Spurle and Beau Beames flew the flag for the under 17s in the 400 and 800 metres (and later in the 4 x 100 relay).

We ended up with more field points than the other 4 teams in our match but had to settle for third place overall.

The next match for the seniors will be on Saturday July 13 at Worthing.

Under 13s and under 15s in action this coming Sunday June 23

Our weekend under 13 and under 15 teams go down to the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford in Kent this coming Sunday for their third match of the season. Team managers Claire Sippetts (under 13s) and Ed Kessell and Holly Brinkworth (under 15s) hope for good turn-outs from the 2 age-groups.

What’s happening in the next week ?

Monday June 17 – circuit training at Imberhorne.

Tuesday June 18 – training at Sackville from 7 to 8 for all athletes.

Thursday June 20 – training at Imberhorne. 6.45 to 7.45 for under 13s and for middle distance group. 7.30 to 8.45 for all other athletes.

Saturday June 22 – academy training at Imberhorne.

Sunday June 23 – Match at Ashford’s Julie Rose Stadium for under 13s (school years 6 and 7) and under 15s (school years 8 and 9). First event 11.30.

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