Lots of schools cross-country last week

Various Schools cross-country races last week

A bright sunny day for the primary schools races at East Court last Wednesday which was very welcome after the heavy rain we had last Monday morning. After getting the course ready in the morning on the top field we could then watch the races and support the runners on their 3 laps.

The top 13 athletes in each race are guaranteed a place in the all Sussex finals later in the winter and 2 of our boys – Oliver Maranzano and Luke Higgins – came in the top 13 and so will compete in the final. None of our girls finished that far up the field with Katya Kashubina and Hannah McKenzie finishing in the 20s.

On the same day down at Brighton the Sussex secondary school races were taking place. The top 20 in the various races will go to an inter-county match in February. Cameron Wells finished 20th in the junior boys race, while Antonia Deeley was 21st in the intermediate girls race – we’ll have to see if there any athletes dropping out to let Antonia into the Sussex team.

Then yesterday Saturday saw the Surrey Schools races. I understand that Naomi Insole was running in the senior girls race and presumably Ethan Scott in the junior boys – but I haven’t yet seen any results.

Sunday morning training at East Court

Last Sunday I was foolish enough to wonder if I had felt a touch of summer warmth at East Court. This Sunday I certainly felt a touch of winter chill as the snow swirled round East Court in the morning. So apologies to those young athletes who turned up for training and who I sent home straightaway.

The weather also caused the cancellation of Saturday morning’s jumps training.

Sussex (and Surrey) Indoor Championships on February 17 and 18

The indoor county championships take place in mid February and you can enter on-line now. Go to the Sussex AAA website for the details. We know that indoors doesn’t appeal to everyone – and in particular the middle and longer distance runners – but sprinters and jumpers should seriously think of entering.

When I last looked our only entrant so far was Isaac Lancaster in the under 15 boys pole vault. However there are still 3 weeks for you to enter. The coaches will talk to a number of our athletes who we think will gain from competing over the next couple of weeks.

What’s happening over the coming week ?

Monday January 22 – circuits in Imberhorne gym. 6.30 to 7.30.

Tuesday January 23 – training at Imberhorne for invited athletes from 7 to 8.15.

Thursday January 25 – training at Imberhorne from 7 to 8.15 Middle distance group out on the roads.

Saturday January 27 – long/triple jump session at Imberhorne from 10 to 11.30.

Sunday January 28 – East Court training from 10.30 to 11.45.

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