The last performance of the summer ?

Ryan Spivey ended his 2013 summer season in much the same way as he spent the rest of the summer – with yet more pbs. He was representing Sussex Schools in the English Schools Decathlon championships over this recent weekend in Birmingham. 2 pbs on the Saturday and another 2 on the Sunday and as usually happens in his decathlons he starts slowly but then gradually moves up with his stronger events coming later. So on Saturday morning he ran the 100 metres in 12.29 seconds and then came the first pb with he got very close to his first 6 metre jump – 5.99 metres was his best jump. But as I have said many of his fellow decathletes run faster and can jump further. His second pb came in the third event where he putt the shot 12.44 metres. His high jump of 1.82 metres was probably a bit below what he was hoping for, but he finished the day with a strong run of 52.67 seconds in the 400 metres. After the first 2 events jump he was 16th of the 30 athletes, but he improved to 9th by the end of the first day.

Day 2 started with the 110 metres hurdles and a time of 15.93 seconds which was followed by a discus throw of 32.66 metres. The pole vault brought Ryan pb number 3 as he cleared 3.20 metres. By now he had edged up another couple of places to 7th – but with 2 strong events to come. He was again over 51 metres in the javelin with 51.32 metres and he was the only thrower over 50 metres. And in the final event, the 1500 metres, he ran away from the rest of the field to record another pb with 4 minutes and 27.96 seconds. This gave him a total of 6182 points – his best decathlon score – and put him up into an excellent fourth place. (And his 758 points for the 1500 metres was his best score out of the 10 events.)

So very well done to Ryan. Those of you who see Ryan at training nights will know that he hardly wastes a second in the time he spends at the track – he normally arrives at 6.45 and is one of the last to leave. Now you know why he does it and what hard work can do for you.

Somewhat nearer to home many of us were helping out at the club’s 10k race held yesterday morning – the fourth year that the race has been held. A lot of hard work by Colin Day and the rest of his team and well done to them for what seemed to be another successful morning. The results can be found on the 10k website www.eg10k.co.uk.

Looking into the next few weeks as summer turns into autumn we have a number of events coming along as follows:

Sunday September 29th – first Sunday morning session at East Court from 10.30

Tuesday October 1st – winter circuits sessions start at Imberhorne from 7.30

Friday October 4th – presentation evening/social do at Chequer Mead from 7.30

Sunday October 13th – primary schools cross-country races (and years 7 and 8 secondary schools) at East Court.

But what’s happening this week ?

Thursday September 26th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7. This will be the last summer session. Next week we start our winter training schedule.

Sunday September 29th – training at East Court from 10.30.

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