News from yesterday’s senior match at Horsham

A busy day at Horsham yesterday for our last senior match of 2014. And it was extra busy as we were the home team and had lots of additional things to do. So many thanks to Mary Lord and Julie Beswick for operating the office – Mary on the microphone and Julie doing the results. And thanks to the hurdles boys who moved the hurdles round and to everybody who helped make everything go to schedule – which includes many helpers from Haywards Heath as well as our own club members.

We lost a number of our athletes who were watching the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, as well as a number who were holidaying. But it was good to see Nori Ishii competing again, alongside Kieran Johnstone who probably found himself doing more events than he was expecting. Perhaps more poignantly Graham Taylor told us that this would be his last track and field competition for the club. Graham started competing for the senior men in 1981 – the first year in which we entered a senior league. Graham actually missed the very first match that year but went on to compete in over 100 consecutive matches – and over the last few years he has re-appeared on several occasions to help fill some gaps.

As some sort of counter-balance to Graham we did have a number of our under 15 athletes coming along to compete as non-scorers and to gain some experience of senior athletics – Tom Dean and Dan Elliott (both of whom will be eligible for the senior team in 2015) and Emmie Van Lieshout and Mia Russell (who will have to wait until 2016).

Indeed one of the highlights of the day was Tom Dean’s run in the 800 metres which saw a new pb of 2 minutes 2.8 seconds to break his own under 15 club record. Another new club record came from Abby Beswick in the long jump where her winning jump of 5.24 metres beat Sarah Rusling’s under 17 record of 5.22 metres – Sarah was jumping alongside Abby yesterday and won the B string with 4.72 metres. Sarah then went on to win the A string triple jump with 10.38 metres with Sarah K-B winning the B string. And Daniel Rusling was agonisingly close to jumping 6 metres for the first time in the long jump when his 6th jump was 5.99 metres.

Abby set another pb when she won the 200 metres in 25.8 seconds and was second in the 100 metres in 12.8 seconds (which equalled her pb). Emmie Van Lieshout also set a pb in her non-scoring 200 metres (28.1 seconds).

There were probably other pbs – I think Gemma Hayes threw the hammer further than she did last year when she filled a gap. And she and Sarah Killick-Bird both set pbs in the 400 metres when they volunteered to fill that gap – I don’t think they’ve run 400 metres flat before though Sarah has done the 400 hurdles many times. Indeed she won the long hurdles yesterday.

Wayne Gadd found himself pole-vaulting alongside Graham Taylor for the first time in many years – one of 7 events he did during the afternoon (plus a leg of the long relay).

And I’m sorry if I’ve missed any more pbs – there’s not always enough space to cover everybody in these notes. The results will soon appear on the website.

In the match itself North Devon were a clear winner but it was close between ourselves and the combined Lewes and Haywards Heath team. Indeed we think that we ended up level in second place with Bracknell fourth and Sutton fifth.

And suddenly we seem to have run out of matches. Our older athletes have no more league matches and will have to see what Open Meetings are around, with perhaps some thinking about  Combined Events competitions. Our under 13 and under 15 athletes have one more match, but not until the first week in September when they will be back at school. Where has the athletics summer season gone ?

What’s happening over the next few days ?

Tuesday August 5 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7.

Tuesday August 5 – Open Meeting at Tonbridge.

Thursday August 7 –training for all at Imberhorne from 7.

Saturday August 9 – long/triple jump training at Imberhorne from 10 to 11.30.

Saturday August 9 – academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30

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