Our senior mens and ladies team had their fifth and last match of the summer season last Saturday at K2. We were competing against 2 strong teams – Newbury and Hastings – who both managed to fill most of the events. Indeed Newbury filled all of the events and Hastings filled everything except for one B string whereas we had 19 uncovered events. Many of our uncovered events were the longer races, although we also failed to have any pole vaulters.
So guess where we finished in the match ? That’s right – third. The fourth team in the match – S Factor – didn’t have any athletes.
The men had a very hard struggle all afternoon and only one first place came our way – when Ryan Spivey at last threw over 50 metres in the javelin with a winning throw of 51.03 metres. A new club record. He had earlier set another new best in the 400 metres where he ran as a non-scorer in 52.2 seconds. (And despite this fast time he was only third in the race – if he had run as a scoring athlete we would not have scored any more points !) Lincoln Campbell earned two good second places in the B string sprints with Nori Ishii second in the A string 100.
Wayne Gadd left it late for his first appearance of the summer and had his usual busy afternoon – especially in the first hour when he did the shot, high jump and 400 metres hurdles all at the same time. And before he went home he had also done the long jump and javelin.
Eddie Vermeer picked up three second places in the A string hammer, discus and B string shot. In the discus his throw of 29.06 metres beat his own male over 35 record that he set at Salisbury three weeks ago – which itself had beaten Wayne Gadd’s old record. Tim Ivorson made his debut in the hammer when he replaced Phil Spivey at the last moment after Phil hurt his back in the warm-up. Otherwise Tim kept to his more familiar track events with Wilem Fields-Jewell running the 400 and 800 in pretty decent times, albeit against stronger and older competition. Phil Rogers had a rather quieter time than usual with the high and long jumps as well as making his debut in the discus as he prepares for the pentathlon later in the year.
As has been the case all year the ladies had more success than the men. They got off to a good start on the track when Sarah K-B won the 400 metres hurdles. She later set a new personal best in the 100 metres hurdles with 18.0 seconds. Chloe Hollamby just lost on the finishing line in the 100 metres, though equalling her best time of 12.9 seconds – and 40 minutes later she ran under 60 seconds for the first time in the 400 metres to win in 59.4 seconds. Ellie K-B made it a double first in the B string 400 metres race. It was good to see Yasmin Rashid competing again and she won the B string 100 metres. In the longer 200 metres sprint Abby Beswick again impressed as she set a new pb of 27.6 seconds.
Stef Ripley took on both the 800 and 1500 metres races and Gemma Francis was foolish enough to volunteer for the 1500 metres. Gemma Hayes was due to run a couple of the longer races, but was involved in a car accident on Friday morning when another car drove into the back of her car on her way to work. Gemma is fine, but was in no condition to run on Saturday afternoon.
Tessa Martin made a welcome return to the triple jump and wasn’t far short of 10 metres. But her 9.96 metres was enough to win the A string and Sarah K-B made it a double first. Tessa had earlier won the B string hammer – though down on her previous best – and then the B string sprint hurdles. Ellie K-B added a win in the A string high jump to her earlier 400 metres success. And in the throws we saw an excellent 25.11 metres javelin throw from Gemma Francis in the A string javelin while Janet Hollamby included a new hammer best of 17.38 metres in her busy throwing afternoon.
In our previous match at Salisbury we were all pleased – and a bit surprised – when our 4 x 100 relay team won very convincingly. And here at K2 they did it again. Although only one of the team of Yasmin, Tessa, Abby and Sarah K-B had been in the Salisbury team – Abby.
As I’ve already told you we ended up in third place – with 204 points some way behind Hastings on 289 and Newbury on 327 points. If we ignored all the events where we did not have any athletes the scores would of course have been much closer – Hastings would have scored 211 and Newbury 238. Let’s see what we can do about filling those gaps for next year.
On Sunday we had Sarah K-B and Vicki Pellett representing Sussex in an inter-county match against most of the counties in the south of England. The standard is very high and Sarah did well to get through to the final of the 400 hurdles – 71.67 seconds in her heat and a somewhat slower 73.57 seconds. Vicki putt the shot 8.54 metres and threw the discus 20.21 metres. She is not 100% fit as she has a problem with an ankle. But well done to these two ladies on being selected.
What’s happening in the next few days
Tuesday August 13th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7
Wednesday August 14th – helping at Ashurstwood Sports Day from 9.30 to 12
Thursday August 15th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7
Saturday August 17th and Sunday August 18th – South of England Under 15 and Under 17 championships at Ashford – we wish Chloe and Lois well.