Five medals and lots of pbs from an excellent Combined Events Championships

Results from the Sussex County Combined Events Championships

It was a great couple of days at Sutton for the Sussex Combined Events championships over the weekend – even the weather behaved itself with long sunny periods and no rain. We won medals in all the age-groups that our athletes entered, with perhaps the best performance coming in the very last event of the championships.

On Saturday it was the boys in pentathlon action (5 events on the day) with Danny O’Sullivan and Cameron Wells in the under 13s and Ben Beard and Henry Aronson in the under 15s, while the slightly older Phil Rogers was in the veterans pentathlon. Danny competed in last year’s event and seemed to be a bit behind many of the other athletes but a strong run in the last event, the 800 metres, got him up to third place and the bronze medal. Cameron will have another year in this age-group and will have seen what a difference a year can make.

In the under 15 boys Henry and Ben were having their own battle for third and fourth place, with Ben hoping to have scored enough points in the first 4 events to outweigh the advantage Henry would expect to gain in the 800 metres. Both boys got pbs in the long jump (4.80 for Ben and 4.73 for Henry) and shot (9.54 for Ben and 7.38 for Henry) though Henry’s hurdling was a bit better than Ben’s. But the 800 metres saw Henry finishing some 18 seconds ahead of Ben to win the private contest and to gain third place in the Sussex competition with Ben fourth.

Phil Rogers completed the haul of third places on the first day in the Masters’ event. Masters finish their 5 events with the 1500 metres- not one of Phil’s favourite events, or indeed a favourite event of any combined-eventer. Disappointing long jumps and discus throws also didn’t help Phil.

Sunday morning saw the under 15 girls soon in action in the long jump with Naomi Insole setting a new pb of 4.55 metres and Daniella Taylor a pb of 4.26 metres. There were pbs galore in the shot for Naomi, Jemma Edgar and Emmie van Lieshout and then the high jump saw another pb for Emmie of 1.32 metres. The final event saw Jemma just holding to win the race, with Emmie finishing strongly and saying how much she’d enjoyed the 800. Adding the points together saw Jemma gaining third place with Naomi and Emmie in fourth and fifth places.

In the under 13 pentathlon we were hoping that Erin Harnett might bring home another medal although there would be strong athletes from Horsham and Crawley to overcome. Our other 4 athletes – Freya Healiss, Hannah Plumb, Issy Carrick and Lucy Rogers – will be back next year as under 13s and, like Cameron Wells in the under 13 boys, they will have gained much from the experience (and especially taking part in events that they don’t normally do).

Erin set a new pb in the long jump with 4.22 metres with a pb of 3.27 metres for Lucy Rogers as well. There were 3 hurdles races and Erin found herself having to run into the strongest wind before setting a new pb in the shot. The high jump saw Hannah Plumb add another centimetre to the pb she set at last weekend’s under 13 final with 1.26 metres. Lucy Rogers, Issy Carrick and Freya Healiss all high-jumped for the first time in competition with Freya using a straddle technique rather than a flop. Erin would have been disappointed to have only cleared 1.29 metres.

All down to the 800 metres and a very strong run from Erin took her from third to second place overall, and not that far from the winner. Indeed Erin’s point score of 2123 was a new under 13 club record, beating Lois Drummie’s 2071 from 2011.

Change in training sessions

A reminder that there will be no training sessions at Imberhorne this week or next week, but we’ll be re-starting Thursday evenings on October 1.

What’s happening over the next week ?

Tuesday September 15 – training in the evening has now stopped until next spring.

Thursday September 17 – we are taking a short break and there is no training for a couple of weeks. We re-start on Thursday October 1.

Saturday September 19 – academy training at East Court from 10.30 in preparation for the primary schools cross-country races on Sunday October 11.

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