News from Open Meetings at Crawley and Tonbridge last weekend

On Saturday afternoon I saw Georgia Volrath-Dale leaving Hastings with an arm in a sling after her hammer and shot in the senior match at Hastings – after setting a new under 17 club record with the 4k weight of 24.85 metres. Then on Sunday she’s throwing the hammer again at the Crawley Open ! And setting another under 17 club record – only this time with the 3k weight (which is the new standard weight for under 17s) which went 26.18 metres. And also setting a new club record for the hammer, but this time in the under 15 girls category with a 3k weight, was Vicki Pellett where she went over 30 metres for the first time with a best of 30.84 metres. This beat her own record.

Also in the rain at Crawley Jamie Holme made his first appearance in the under 15 boys 100 metres with 12.87 seconds – a race where twice the starter’s gun failed. Chloe Hollamby (under 20 in 13.11 seconds) and Amber West (under 15 in 14.53 seconds) also ran the 100 metres. Chloe Hollamby added a 200 metres in 26.45 seconds. The Aronsons also got their season under way with Henry taking a big slice of 30 seconds off his previous best in the 1500 metres with 5 minutes and 3 and a bit seconds. Sister Lizzie got the discus moving with a fraction over 15 metres.

In much friendlier conditions on Easter Monday at Tonbridge Abby Beswick was hoping to get closer to the English Schools entry time in the sprint hurdles but hitting the fourth hurdle got in the way. She also ran in the 150 metres but she somehow was missed out of the female races and she had to run against some pretty fast men. Although she came last in the race she still produced a fast time of 19.36 seconds – half a second off her time at Crawley at the end of March. And 4.66 metres in the long jump wasn’t quite as good as her 5.14 on Saturday, but 3 no-jumps out of the 4 didn’t help.

A reminder of what’s happening over the next week

THURSDAY APRIL 24th – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7.

SATURDAY APRIL 26th – Academy training at Imberhorne School from 10.30

SATURDAY APRIL 26th – possible jumps training session at Imberhorne from 10.

SUNDAY APRIL 27th – Under 17 and Under 20 match at Dartford.

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