We’ve had a very busy few days and, with summer sunshine finally here, we have seen a large number of excellent performances from our younger athletes. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings last week we had our club championships for under 13 and under 15 athletes at Imberhorne School – and it was great to see so many athletes taking part, especially the boys. And good to see that lots of you took part in all 6 events, even if you had never tried some of the events before.
We hope to get the full results up on the notice board at training on Tuesday evening and we will also get the full results up on the website as soon as we can – but there’s a lot of typing for me to do. There was a great under 15 boys high jump contest going on past 9 o’clock on Thursday evening as Jamie Osborne and Tom Dean slugged it out. They twice rescued themselves with third attempt clearances when the other athlete was already clear, with Jamie doing this at 1.45 metres. But it all came to an exciting end as Jamie cleared 1.47 and, for once, Thomas couldn’t rescue himself. And both lads had to disappear quickly to take their discus throws – though Dan Elliott’s 17.48 metres was a bit too far for them. Another excellent performance came from Kiall Fellows in the under 13 discus which he won with 21.27 metres.
Many of the same athletes were then in action again on Saturday for the fourth and last Youth Development League match of the season at Hastings. Again warm sunshine was awaiting us, although being close to the sea probably meant we weren’t quite as hot as you were in East Grinstead. Athletes love warm sun on their backs and this meant a huge list of personal bests from our athletes – whether on the track, in the jumps or in the throws. Oli Stuart followed up his amazing feats of the previous weekend by taking another slice off his hurdles time – with 12.2 seconds. This equals the Sussex Under 13 County record, and there’s still time and the opportunity for him to go even faster over the next couple of months.
Emmie van Lieshout had a great afternoon by winning both under 13 girls sprints – 10.8 seconds in the 75 metres and 21.7 in the 150. Amy Sands came down to help mum Kim with the administration, but was persuaded to have a go in the under 15 girls javelin – which she then went and won with a throw of 16.33 metres. Our only other first place came from Liam Rieley in the under 15 B string 1500 metres – where he went under 5 minutes for the first time, as did Ewan Dallas in the A string. Liam also did a new pb in the long jump and discovered that he could throw the javelin a good distance – as could Ben Beard in the under 13 javelin.
Jamie Osborne went over 5 metres for the first time in the under 15 long jump while Vicki Pellett had three second places in the under 15 throws – but with new pbs in the discus and hammer – and Lizzie Aronson went over 6 metres for the first time in the shot. Scott and Jess Shephard also produced a string of new pbs. And lots of pbs for those I haven’t mentioned. Let’s hope for some similar weather for future matches and more pbs.
What’s happening this week ?
Tuesday July 16th – training for all at Imberhorne Upper School from 7
Thursday July 18th – training for all at Imberhorne Upper School from 7
Friday July 19th – Under 15 league match at Horsham. Meet at Horsham 6.15 – but 5.30 if you are throwing the hammer.
Saturday July 20th – senior match at Salisbury. We’re going by coach. Meet at Imberhorne Upper School by 8.15 am for a nice early start to the day.