A day spent at the track at William Parker School in Hastings got our league season under way for our senior athletes. The banking on the eastern side of the track seemed to keep most of the wind away and the weather was better than we had reason to expect. Unfortunately the male part of the team was extremely low on numbers – just 5 of them. Particularly disappointing was the lack of younger athletes. Tim Ivorson (who is now into his 30s) was our youngest male athlete – and he had an extremely busy day taking part in all 5 track events up to the 1500 metres, plus the long hurdles plus a high jump and then both relays. Eddie Vermeer added an 800 metres run (plus both relays) to his usual throwing schedule (where he recorded 4 second places). Our only A string first place came from Lincoln Campbell in the shot while Phil Rogers had B string wins in the javelin and, rather surprisingly, the discus.
The ladies were somewhat better off, although they had suffered with athletes dropping out through injuries during the week. Georgia Volrath-Dale dislocated her collar bone a couple of weeks ago but still managed to take part in her first senior match – and with her first attempt with 4k weight she only went and won the A string hammer with a new under 17 club record of 24.85 metres (with Janet Hollamby winning the B string). Later Georgia did the shot putt but by now she was suffering and her arm spent the rest of the afternoon in a sling.
Abby Beswick’s strong start to the season continued with her first outdoors long jump over 5 metres – 5.14 her best. She then ran away from the rest of the runners to win the 100 metres in a new best of 12.8 seconds. Later in the afternoon the 200 metres race was made up of both A and B string runners and Abby pushed Chloe Hollamby hard for the first 150 metres – Chloe won the A string in 26.3 and Abby won the B string in 26.8. Chloe had earlier won the 400 metres A string and the B string shot. She was later to win the A string discus.
Sarah Rusling also enjoyed a successful afternoon with wins in the B string long jump (4.93 metres) and B string 100 metres (13.6) and later she won the A string triple jump with 10.37 metres. The Killick-Birds were a bit late arriving but were soon in action – Sarah providing a pair of first place when she won the B string triple jump and Ellie winning the B string 100 hurdles – though it has to be said that she was helped when another athlete fell at the third or fourth hurdle. Gemma Hayes found herself against the typical fast-running teenage Hastings distance runners.
The afternoon ended with a very swift winning ladies relay team of Abby, Ellie, Sarah R and Chloe in a time of 52.8 seconds – while at the very end of the day we had perhaps one of the slowest 4 x 400 mens relay teams, not helped when half-way round his leg Eddie hurt his leg. This meant he had to walk for 200 metres before passing the baton on to Graham Taylor.
We came third out of the 5 teams in the match. Hastings were clear winners with just over 340 points with Havant on 260. We scored 230 points – and perhaps with a few more athletes we would have overtaken Havant ?? – while Invicta East Kent and Holland Sports were way behind on 60 and 40 points respectively.
Full results will appear on the website in due course.
I will bring news from the weekend’s open meetings when I can.
This coming Sunday April 27th there is a match for our under 17 and under 20 athletes at Dartford while the following weekend on Saturday May 3rd our under 13 and under 15 athletes go to Gillingham for their first match.
And the first session of our Academy (for school years 4 and 5) gets underway this coming Saturday morning at Imberhorne Upper School.
What’s happening over the next week ?
TUESDAY APRIL 22nd – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7.
THURSDAY APRIL 24th – training for all at Imberhorne School from 7.
SATURDAY APRIL 26th – Academy training at Imberhorne School from 10.
SATURDAY APRIL 26th – possible jumps training session at Imberhorne from 10.
SUNDAY APRIL 27th – Under 17 and Under 20 match at Dartford.V