Yesterday in Gillingham (updated for results)

Under 13/15 match on Saturday in Gillingham

A cool windy but dry day was awaiting us at the Medway Park track in Gillingham for the first match for our young athletes. We had 29 athletes in total – 19 under 13s and 10 under 15s. It was great to have so many athletes, with many in their first-ever match. To see our athletes – and mums and dads – encouraging each other in their various events was good to see. This sort of coming together and supporting each other is one of the reasons that some of us older coaches and club officials give our time and energy to the club and its athletes.

The fact that we had so many athletes meant that at any one moment we had 2 or 3 athletes competing. So it was difficult to keep up to date with what was happening. And in this report I might find it hard to mention everybody. But of course everybody contributed to our points score and so contributed to an excellent THIRD place out of the 8 teams taking part. We were ahead of the 3 other Sussex teams – Worthing, Lewes and Hastings – taking part. The full results will appear on the facebook pages.

Our 10 under 15 athletes all had a busy afternoon as they all did 3 individual events as well as fielding 2 relay teams. First places were a bit difficult to find, but the under 15s managed a few. Henry Aronson looked impressive in his 800 metres where he led all the way round and held off a strong challenge in the home straight to win in a very good 2 minutes 11.7 seconds – he also showed a deal of his strength in his 300 metres with a time of 42.4 seconds. The under 15 shot putts also brought us a couple of firsts. Or Shay’s 8.34 metres gained him a B string win (and he and Ben Beard added 2 second places in the discus with Ben gaining another second place in the B string javelin). In the girls shot we nearly had a double first with Mia Russell’s 8.31 metres winning the A string and Jemma Edgar’s 6.26 metres gaining a second place in the B string. Mia equalled her pb in the high jump with 1.49 metres giving her second place in the A string.

Jemma continued a good afternoon’s work with our fourth first place winning the B string long jump with 4.47 metres (with Amber West’s 4.48 metres placing her third in the A string) – and Jemma gained another second place in the B string 800 metres. Also on the track Emmie van Lieshout set a new pb in the 200 metres when coming second in her under 15 A string in 28.0 seconds.

Under 13 athletes came home with a number of second places with perhaps the best performance coming from a double second place in the boys 800 metres from Ben Aubrey (2 minutes 33.7) and Ollie Dallas (2 minutes 37.2). Eoin O’Donoghue was probably surprised to come second in the B string javelin, with Jack Sanders throwing 16.46 metres for third place in the A string javelin.

Among the under 13 girls Erin Harnett produced a new pb of 1.30 metres in the high jump for third place in the A string with Hannah Plumb second in the B string with 1.15 metres. Erin also found a new pb of 12.8 seconds in the hurdles only giving her third place while Olivia Aston’s 15.4 seconds gave her a good second place in the B string.

We had other second places from Izzy Sims in the 1200 metres B string in 4 minutes 28.9 with Antonia Deeley third in the A string with 4 minutes 22.5. And like Eoin O’Donoghue in the boys event Rosie Pumford was probably surprised to come second in the B string javelin.

The 4 x 100 metres relays at the end of the day saw a good second place for the under 15 girls, despite a couple of dodgy baton changes with the boys under 15 team and the girls under 13 team coming home in third place. while at more or less the same distance Mia Russell’s 8.31 metres won the girls A string shot.

The next match in this league is on Saturday May 30 at Bexley. This is at the end of half-term week and we ask you to make every effort to be available. If you are away for half-term week please ask your parents to be back in time for the match on that Saturday.

This Tuesday evening May 5 our under 13s are going to K2

Our under 13s – school years 6 and 7 – are back in action on Tuesday evening at K2. For the match at Gillingham on Saturday we were restricted as to how many athletes we could ask to compete. For this Tuesday evening meeting there is no such restriction and all under 13s are expected to be at the match. We are asking you to meet at K2 by 5.30 or as soon after as you can.

A weekend without any matches

This coming weekend we don’t have any league matches which will give our various officials a week off before the following weekend on May 16 when our under 17s and under 20s have a match at Poole.

However this coming Sunday we have arranged a special pole vault coaching session at Imberhorne by a specialist pole vault coach.

What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday May 5 – match at K2 for all under 13s (school years 6 and 7). THERE WILL BE NO TRAINING FOR YOUNGER ATHLETES IN THE EVENING.

Tuesday May 5 – training for all other athletes (school years 8 and above) at Imberhorne from 7.30.

Thursday May 7 – training for all at Imberhorne from 7pm.

Saturday May 9 – academy training at Imberhorne from 10.30.

Sunday May 10 – special pole vault coaching session at Imberhorne from 10 to 12. By invitation only.

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