A rather unpleasant day’s weather was waiting for our under 13 and under 15 team at Lewes on Saturday in our first match of the season. We had rain in the morning with a cool wind blowing all day (and once again the wind was blowing against the sprinters). The sun came out for about 30 minutes in the middle of the day – but otherwise it was thick cloud. With no cover at Lewes our athletes and their mums and dads had to find shelter wherever they could. In addition our athletes found themselves against athletes who were mostly twice as big as we were !!
We were also missing a number of athletes – especially the under 13 girls where Hannah Sands was our only athlete. And we only had 3 under 15 boys. Of course for a number of our team this was their first experience of club athletics and we hope that, despite the weather and the size of some of the other athletes, they enjoyed the day. It was great to see all of our athletes competing with great enthusiasm and encouraging each other when they competed.
We only had one first place, but it was a very impressive performance from Oli Stuart into the wind in the under 13 75 metres hurdles where he took 0.3 seconds off his previous best in a time of 13.3 seconds. He also jumped a healthy 4.12 metres in the long jump. In the under 13 boys javelin Ben Beard (18.32 metres) and Kiall Fellows (14.79 metres) produced a pair of second places. The same pair also produced a third and second in the shot – Ben 6.40 metres and Kiall 5.62 metres. It was good to see Alfie Cubberley competing again – I’m still surprised to know that he is an under 13 – in the high jump and 800 metres. A pair of Robbies – Easton and Byrne – together with Dylan Holland, Harrison Ede, Paddy Mayo, Scott Shephard and Henry Aronson made sure we filled all the under 13 boys events.
In contrast to the boys Hannah Sands was on her own in the under 13 girls where her best performance, much to my surprise, was her javelin throw of 12.60 metres for second place. The older under 15 girls were without Lois Drummie (which probably cost us a couple of first places) and Vicki Pellett led the way with a couple of second places – 18.12 metres in the discus and 7.17 in the shot. In the hammer Sarah Hennessy broke her own club record with 14.86 metres while Lizzy Aronson threw her first ever hammer in the B string. Rio Barker found the going hard in the sprints but, together with Lizzy Mycock, Katie Byrne and Tara Deeley, did their best to keep the points ticking over.
The under 15 boys also found the going hard with Phillip Hatch third in a competitive 800 metres in 2 minutes 22.4 seconds. Jamie Osborne wasn’t 100% well but produced a good 4.23 metres in the long jump for third place. Matt Hennessy threw whatever he could lay his hands on and did well to pick up a pair of second places in the hammer (19.76 metres) and discus (19.14 metres).
Not surprisingly we didn’t get anywhere near the stronger teams in the match, which saw a clear win for Lewes. We came fifth out of the 7 clubs with Dartford and Medway below us. We have the second match on Saturday June 1st at Dartford’s track.
What’s happening this week ?
Tuesday May 7th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7
Wednesday May 8th – last day for entries to Sussex County Championships
Thursday May 9th – training for all at Imberhorne from 7
Saturday and Sunday May 11th and 12th – no league matches this weekend. A chance for our officials to catch their breath.