We’ve had a busy weekend (updated for information about last weekend’s matches)

Last Saturday at Brighton

Yes this last weekend has been very busy with competitions on both Saturday and Sunday On Saturday we had the Sussex Championships for both under 11s and under 13s at Brighton and then on Sunday we went to K2 for a match for our senior athletes (including under 17s and under 20s as well as older athletes).

The Saturday competition may have seen just one medal coming back home to East Grinstead, though if they’d given medals for fourth place we would have had more. The one medal came in the under 13 boys hurdles race with Leo Sena coming home in third place. Sam Scantlebury unfortunately hit an early hurdle, but recovered well to finish in one of those fourth places. Also on the track Bella Bowditch came safely through her heat in the under 13 girls 75 metres and then just lost out on third place in the final by a fraction of a second with a time of 14.06 seconds. Another fourth place on the track came the way of Alexander Stafford in the 1500 metres. Oliver Maranzano came through his 200 metres heat to finish fifth in his final.

In the field events the under 13 boys saw both Oran Scott and James Vermeer struggling to hit the board – had they done so they might well have both brought home 4 metre jumps. Oran’s best jump of 3.80 metres saw another of those fourth places, with James not far behind with 3.73 metres. Oran went from the long jump to his first attempt at the javelin and produced a very good 22.80 metres with both Harrison Eales and Leo Sena not too far behind.

Our under 11 Academy athletes in their blue and yellow club vests seemed to be everywhere. 19 out of the 42 boys taking part were our athletes and they produced another fourth place with Ewan McCabe finishing in that position in the 4 event quadkids championship. He was 1 of only 2 athletes who went over 2 metres in the standing long jump.

Last Sunday at K2

On Sunday our senior team (which includes under 17 and under 20 athletes as well as adult athletes) had their second league match of the season at Crawley’s K2. We were again rather short of athletes – as were some of the other clubs – with 5 men and 5 ladies. However it was good to see a couple of under 17s make their first appearance – Mia Mackie in the 800 metres and Lucas Cordingley in the high jump (1.53 metres) and then volunteering to do the 100 metres. And good to see Abigail O’Shaughnessy improving on her previous performances in the 100 metres and long jump and also good to see under 20 Ella West back in action – though not too happy with her first performances in 2 years.

Our usual busy athletes – Wayne Gadd with 7 events and Sarah Killick-Bird with 9 – were of course moving from one event to the next all afternoon. Sarah was hugely surprised (but hugely delighted) to win the shot putt and she added to it with a win in the high jump – as well as a number of second places.  Dorian Szatmari’s 5.91 metres long jump was only good enough for fourth place which he followed later with a bouncy triple jump.

Match this coming Sunday

Not quite so busy this coming weekend but our under 13s will be back in action at Tonbridge School in Kent – alongside our under 15s – for their second league match of the summer.  Match starts at 11.15 and will go on to about 5 for a long day in what the weather men are saying will be a warm sunny day.

Training as normal this week

Training will be as normal this week – Tuesday at Sackville and Thursday at Imberhorne.

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