Looking forward to the start of the summer league season next Saturday

Just a few days before the first league match of the season for the senior mens and ladies team. This Saturday will we go down to the William Parker School track in Hastings for the opening Southern Athletics league fixture of 2014 – let’s hope the weather continues to behave itself. We are in division 3 south of the league and on Saturday we will be competing against teams from Invicta East Kent, Havant and Holland Sports in addition to the home Hastings team. We are missing a few athletes but we hope that the athletes who take part will be rewarded with a string of pbs. The match is for adult athletes and for those in school years 10 and above. If you haven’t been contacted but are available then please let Lester Medcalf or Eddie Vermeer know.

It will of course be the first match since John Rogers died. Let’s look to do well in memory of him.

As it is the Easter weekend there are also a couple of local Open Meetings for you to take part in. On Sunday there is a meeting at Crawley and then on Easter Monday Tonbridge have a meeting on the Tonbridge School track. And over the next couple of weeks some of our other teams get their league matches under way. On Sunday April 27th the under 17 and under 20 athletes have a match at Dartford and on the following Saturday May 3rd our younger under 13 and under 15 athletes go to Gillingham in Kent for their first match.

Over this weekend we’ve had a couple of athletes in action – Lois Drummie in her first under 17 80 metres hurdles race. It was at the Tooting Bec track and unfortunately she was the only entrant for the race. She ran alongside younger athletes and, not surprisingly, she won her race in the reasonable time of 12.51 seconds. This puts her third in our all-time list for under 17 80 metres hurdlers behind Abby Beswick’s 12.2 seconds and Alison Ash’s 12.4.

Also in action, in yesterday’s London Marathon, was Lee Clark – his first marathon after a number of half-marathons and other road races. He gave Mo Farah a bit of a start and couldn’t quite make up the gap. But he did get round the course in just over 4 hours 45 minutes. So very well done to Lee.

What’s happening over the next week ?

TUESDAY APRIL 15th – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 16th – jumps training session at Imberhorne from 2.30 to 4

THURSDAY APRIL 17th – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7.

SATURDAY APRIL 19th – first match of the summer for senior athletes at Hastings.

SUNDAY APRIL 20th – Open Meeting at Crawley.

MONDAY APRIL 21st – Open Meeting at Tonbridge.

TUESDAY APRIL 22nd – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7.

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