Senior match on Saturday in Hastings
A good start to the season for the senior team down in Hastings with a number of pbs, one or two club records, and a general willingness of our athletes to do events that they may not normally expect to do. We were perhaps surprised ourselves by coming second – a long way behind home club Hastings and just a few points ahead of Horsham with the combined Haywards Heath/Lewes team and Holland Sports quite a bit behind us.
As very often happens Sarah Killick-Bird got us off to a good start on the track with a win in the 400 hurdles – and she carried on gaining points by winning the B string high and triple jumps. In an early field event Lincoln Campbell was probably surprised to win the A string shot with Eddie Vermeer making it a double by winning the B string. From there Eddie went over to the hammer and won the A string with 31.97 metres. Matt Burroughs had never handled a hammer until 2 days before the match but came second in the B string. The male throws continued to go well as Eddie finished second in the A string discus (27.55 metres) – Phil Rogers winning the B string with 20.08 metres – and Eddie was also second in the B string javelin. Among the lady throwers Georgia Volrath-Dale threw a good-looking 28.33 metres for second in the hammer with Gemma Hayes’ responding to my request to throw more than 10 metres with a best of 13.09 metres.
In the sprints Abby Beswick continued her excellent start to the season by winning the 100 in 12.7 seconds and then running even better in the 200 where she stormed round the track in 25.0 seconds, beating the previous best ever 200 by one of our ladies of 25.3 seconds by Nicky Harris in 1995. Lois Drummie made it a double in the 200 by winning the B string in 27.2 seconds although she found the last few metres hard work. In the mens sprints Jamie Holme was second in the A string 100, and in a very competitive 200 he finished fourth but took a little bit off his previous best with 24.0 seconds. The 100 also saw a B string win from Matt Burroughs in 12.2 with non-scorers Lincoln and Nori Ishii close behind in the same race.
In the longer runs under 17 Ewan Dallas was close to his best in both the 800 and 1500, while Tara Deeley was just outside her 1500 pb which she set last week (and she threw a respectable 15 metres plus in the javelin).
The horizontal jumps weren’t quite as successful as they sometimes are. Abby couldn’t reproduce her previous week’s effort in the long jump and was second with 5.01 metres. Sarah Rusling produced a good season-opener in the triple jump to come second with 10.29 metres (with, as mentioned earlier, Sarah K-B winning the B string triple). In the mens triple Daniel Rusling and Nori Ishii both got over 11 metres and we hope to see further improvement over the summer.
We were looking for good things in the 2 sprint relays and the mens team was just pipped at the finish while the fourth runner Sarah K-B in ladies team just managed to hang on for first place. In the long relays to end the day all we were looking for was to get the baton round. This the men achieved though they finished last, as did the ladies – although in their case there were only two teams in the race.
Next senior match is on May 30th when we go to another town on the south coast – but much further as it will be in Poole.
This coming Saturday May 2 we’re going to Gillingham and then the following Tuesday evening May 5 we’re going to K2
This coming Saturday May 2 our under 13 and under 15 athletes will be going to Gillingham for their first match of the season. As there are a limited number of opportunities for under 13s to compete at Gillingham we have had to restrict the number of athletes who have been asked to compete. However on the following Tuesday evening there is no such restriction and all under 13 athletes are expected to compete. (Under 13s will be in school years 6 and 7.)
However we could do with a few more under 15 athletes for next Saturday in Gillingham. If you are in school years 8 and 9 and are able to compete please let Lester Medcalf know.
What’s happening over the next 10 days ?
Tuesday April 28 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.
Thursday April 30 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.
Saturday May 2 – match at Gillingham for those in school years 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Saturday May 2 – academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30.
Tuesday May 5 – match at K2 for all under 13s (school years 6 and 7). THERE WILL BE NO TRAINING FOR YOUNGER ATHLETES THAT EVENING.
Tuesday May 5 – training at Imberhorne from 7.30 for older athletes only.