It’s been a busy last few days but we start with a reminder from last summer. On Thursday evening the local newspaper company was holding its annual sports awards for 2014 – at the Harlequin Theatre in Redhill. And I’m very pleased to tell you that the award for the best sporting memory of 2014 went to Abby Beswick – following her win in the Sussex Schools Championships when she broke the 80 metres hurdles record that had stood for well over 40 years. You may find photos of Abby at the awards ceremony on our facebook pages.
Then over this weekend we have had the Sussex and Surrey Indoor Championships at Sutton. We had 14 athletes taking part (with Olivia Aston not well enough to take part). A number of our first year under 13s took part in their first county championship and will have enjoyed the experience. Eion O’Donoghue in the boys 60 metres while Luci Sydenham, Hannah Plumb and Freya Healiss did both the 60 metres and long jump while Lucy Rogers copied her dad by doing the long jump. Luci Sydenham did well to come third in the Surrey long jump with 3.35 metres.
Naomi Insole and Jemma Edgar did both the long jump and 60 metres in the Sussex under 15 girls competition. Both jumped well with Naomi’s 4.51 metres earning her a good third place with Jemma fourth with a best of 4.30 metres. In fact Jemma jumped 4.30 metres twice in the competition and do you know what number she was wearing ? Number 430. The 60 metres was always going to be more difficult and Naomi just missed out on making the final.
Lois Drummie, competing in the Surrey championships, came third in the final of her 60 metres hurdles race and then putt the 3k shot over 9 metres for the first time – 9.25 metres her best with one other attempt over 9 metres. Vicki Pellett was putting the shot in the Sussex under 17 event and her best throw of 9.50 metres gained her first place.
Abby Beswick, fresh from Thursday night’s awards, started with the Sussex under 20 ladies long jump. A series of no jumps – 2 of which looked a long way – didn’t help her but she managed a fifth round jump of 5.17 metres for second place. Later on Saturday she got through to the final of the 60 metres where she came fourth. She returned on Sunday to win the under 20 shot with 9.07 metres but in doing so she injured her back and this prevented her taking part in the hurdles.
In the Sussex under 17 mens 60 metres races Jamie Holme did well to get into the final where he came away with a time of 7.68 seconds. Jamie Osborne also ran in the 60 metres race but was not able to make the final. He then went to the long jump where a best jump of 5.02 metres gave him third place. Another long jump third place came in the Sussex senior mens competition where Phil Rogers had a best of 5.07 metres. And the final East Grinstead athlete taking part was the newly 50 year old Lincoln Campbell. Competing against athletes 25 years younger than himself in the Surrey 60 metres races he did well to record 7.67 seconds but this was not fast enough for him to progress.
Also on Saturday there was the last Sussex Cross-Country league match of the winter at Lancing. The indoor championships took away one or two athletes and I expect half-term also had its effect – but the number of EG athletes was disappointingly small. However we had a number of excellent performances with Maddie Sims the second girl to finish in the combined boys and girls under 11 race. Tom Dean came a very good 6th in the under 15 race and Ewan Dallas was 7th in the under 17 race. Erin Harnett in the under 15 girls race and Tim Ivorson in the senior race were our other 2 finishers. Well done to them all. You can now put away the mud and concentrate on the summer track and field season.
Looking ahead to this coming week a reminder that although it is half-term week we will be training at all the usual times and places.
What’s happening this week ?
Tuesday February 17 –circuits session at Imberhorne school gym for invited athletes. Meet 7.25 for a prompt start.
Thursday February 19 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.
Saturday February 21 –long/triple jump training at Imberhorne from 10.
Sunday February 22 – training at East Court from 10.30 to 11.45.