Not long to Christmas

This last update before Christmas is much busier than I was expecting it to be. Firstly news of the Sussex County Cross-Country Championships. They will take place on Sunday January 5th but they will not take place at their traditional home at Stanmer Park in Brighton. Instead they will take place at Bexhill Down.

I also need to catch up with a few performances from indoor meetings during December. On December 8th Wayne Gadd was in action at the indoor track at Eton. He did a couple of 60 metres hurdles races with times of 9.30 and 9.21 seconds and then added a 1.65 metres high jump.

The previous day – December 7th – Cat Shin was long-jumping at Loughborough University and she recorded a best jump of 4.84 metres. Then on December 15th she long-jumped again, this time in Cardiff, and guess what her best jump was ? It was again 4.84 metres. In both meetings she went beyond 5 metres though the mark on the plasticine meant she’d no-jumped. And the club indoor female long jump record is ………. 4.84 metres by Laura McGarty in 2008 at Lee Valley.

Our last training session at Imberhorne School on Thursday evening was marked by more Christmas hats and other assorted festive clothing than I’ve seen before. And after 10 minutes we had sleet, hail, thunder, lightning followed by heavy heavy rain for the rest of the evening. So a somewhat shorter session than normal followed before everybody headed off home for a hot bath or shower.

I’ve just had my copy of Athletics Weekly which this week features the top UK performances of the 2013 summer. I’m pleased to tell you that we had 4 athletes in the top 20 in the UK. For the girls Lois Drummie was placed equal 19th in the under 15 triple jump (though if they’d used her wind-assisted jump of 10.17 metres she would have been equal 13th). Chloe Hollamby’s  40.70 seconds in the under 17 300 metres put her 18th.

For the boys Ryan Spivey’s decathlon score of 6,182 points put him 10th and, in the under 13 boys section, Oli Stuart’s 12.2 seconds in the 75 metres hurdles put him equal 10th. So well done to all these athletes on their 2013 achievements – and well done to all our other athletes who did pbs over the summer.

And finally we wish all our members – and of course anyone else who is reading our website – a very Happy Christmas. When we get back into our regular training sessions in the New Year the days will be getting longer and we’ll be getting closer and closer to the 2014 summer track and field season. I’m beginning to get excited about the summer season already.

What’s happening over the next couple of weeks ?

CHRISTMAS EVE TUESDAY DECEMBER 24th – extra session at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45.

SUNDAY DECEMBER 29th – normal Sunday morning training at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45.

NEW YEAR’S EVE TUESDAY DECEMBER 31st – extra session at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45.

SUNDAY JANUARY 5th – Sussex cross-country championships at Bexhill. See Jo Aronson for more details.

SUNDAY JANUARY 5th – normal Sunday morning training at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45.

TUESDAY JANUARY 7th – first Tuesday evening circuits session of 2014.

THURSDAY JANUARY 9th – first Thursday evening training session of 2014 at Imberhorne School.

THURSDAY JANUARY 9th – Horsham sprints and hurdles evening (indoors).

Please remember that if you are coming to any of the East Court sessions you need to bring trainers and either spikes or football boots.

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