The summer season’s begun – and in warm sunshine

First match of the summer season

Warm sunshine made a welcome appearance at Sutcliffe Park in Eltham for our first senior match of the summer. (And the very impressive improvements in the facilities in the couple of years since we were last there also made an impression.) As always seems to be the case it would have helped if we had had a few more athletes – especially among the men – but second place behind the very strong team from Bexley was nevertheless an acceptable start to the season.

 A number of athletes made their senior team debuts – Erin Harnett, Antonia Deeley and Rebeka Tyler for the ladies and Erin’s dad Oliver, Arthur Bridgland, Dorian Szatmari, Michael Sullivan and Luke Davison for the men – and the ladies produced a number of first places.

Perhaps the most notable performance came from Rebeka Tyler at her first attempt with the 4k shot. Her putt of 8.49 metres put her in 8th place in our all-time list of female shot-putters – and she also won the A string 100 metres and then the B string 200 metres.

Our 2 Sarahs again took part in lots of different events during the afternoon as did Amelia Barton who surprised herself when coming first in the B string 100 metres.

The men found the going quite a bit harder and the best performance was Dorian’s long jump of 5.57 metres which earned him second place in the A string event. Oliver Harnett took on both the 5000 metres and 2000 metres steeplechase – and a bruised big toe was his reward.

First match of the summer for under 13s and under 15s this Saturday

Our younger athletes start their season this coming Saturday with a trip to Ashford in Kent. Phil Rogers and Karen Wells are busy contacting athletes with more details of the match. Let’s hope that we have a good turn-out. For many of those competing this will be your first opportunity to savour club athletics. We wish you all well.

A reminder of our training sessions

A reminder that we are now training at Sackville on Tuesday evenings and Imberhorne on Thursday evenings. Both sessions run from 7 to 8, although on Thursday evenings the coaches will offer extra training from 8 to 8.45 or so. The extra training will mainly be on the more technical events – hurdling and field events.

What’s happening over the coming week ?

Tuesday April 17 – training at Sackville School from 7 to 8.

Thursday April 19 – training at Imberhorne from 7 to 8 or so. Extra training available from 8 to 8.45.

Saturday April 21 – match for those in school years 6, 7, 8 and 9 at Ashford in Kent.

Saturday April 21 – Academy training at Imberhorne from 11 to 12.

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