(Updated to include news of the under 13 match on Sunday afternoon.)
The last 2 track and field matches of the season have come and gone and we’re just left with some combined events competitions – see more at the end of this note.
On Friday evening the under 15 athletes took part in their Sussex League final down in Brighton. We have performed very well in the 3 previous league matches, but we were missing a number of athletes for this final match – especially among the ladies. And with a very crowded and busy timetable some of our athletes found that they had to miss events.
Teri Pellett was offering prizes for any pbs during the evening – and 8 athletes took advantage of this. Daughter Vicki didn’t qualify for this but was very close to her best in winning both the hammer (41.80 metres) and shot (8.93). However Kiall Fellows threw his hammer further than before (21.11) and gained Teri’s first prize. Tom Dean won the 800 metres, beating the athlete who beat him at the Sussex Schools Championships, but was just below his best. But our fourth first placer did produce a pb when Dan Elliott won the high jump with a good clearance of 1.60 metres. Jamie Osborne equalled his pb in the B string high jump with 1.55 metres for second place.
Emmie van Lieshout also equalled her pb in the high jump with 1.20 metres and a couple of the girl throwers also recorded pbs to qualify for Teri’s prizes – Hannah Sands in the discus with 11.98 metres and Tara Deeley’s 16.42 metres javelin throw also being a new club record with the new 500g implement.
It was good to see Sam Havers in action at last after an injury hit summer and he set a new pb of 12.9 seconds in the 100 metres and Ben Manning was the last of 8 pbs when he ran 5 minutes 10.3 seconds in the B string 1500 metres – Harry Durgan running well to come third in the A string race.
Rienel Bronilla nearly set a pb in the long jump. He just touched the plasticine with his first jump but the judges measured it at about 5.50 metres (but it was a no jump). He no-jumped again with his second jump before jumping 5.30 metres with his third and last jump to come second in the A string. In the ladies long jump Amber West jumped 4.30 metres from behind the board.
But despite the best efforts of all our athletes – whether mentioned above or not – we simply didn’t have the number of athletes to finish very high up. Of the 9 teams taking part we finished in 7th place.
A couple of days later on Sunday afternoon it was back down to Brighton for the under 13 final. As with the under 15 match we again suffered from shortage of athletes, especially among the boys. In his first match for the club Ethan Carrick produced 2 excellent sprints – coming second in the 75 metres in 10.41 seconds and third in the longer 150 metres in 20.8 seconds – while the girls’ best performance came from Jemma Edgar with a long jump of 4.48 metres for third place.
Otherwise it was a case of athletes trying their very best against much stronger opposition. In the girls’ longer races there were good performances from both Antonia Deeley and Erin Harnett in the 600 metres with both girls going under 2 minutes while in the longer 1000 metres Katie Wheeler overtook 3 athletes in the last 100 metres of the A string race with Izzy Sims coming fifth in the B string.
The rest of the athletes – Toby Penlington, Danny O’Sullivan, Jack Sanders (including a few more metres in his javelin), Millie Robertson, Hattie Doswell, Amy Ellis and Rosie Pumford – covered as many events as they could, especially in the girls throws. 9th out of the 10 teams was mainly due to the lack of boys and perhaps another 2 or 3 athletes might have pushed us up a couple of places.
Looking ahead to this coming weekend we have the Sussex and Surrey Combined Events Championships at Sutton and we have 11 athletes taking part in the Sussex championships and 2 in the Surrey championships. We look forward to some good performances from Erin Harnett and Jemma Edgar (under 13 girls), Danny O’Sullivan (under 13 boys), Naomi Insole and Emmie van Lieshout (under 15 girls), Tom Dean, Jamie Osborne, Scott Shephard and Ben Beard (under 15 boys), Abby Beswick and Lois Drummie (under 17 ladies), Sarah Rusling (under 20 ladies) and Phil Rogers (over 40 men).
What’s happening over the next few days ?
Tuesday September 9 –– training for all at Imberhorne from 7. Please note that this is the last Tuesday evening session of the year.
Thursday September 11 –training for all at Imberhorne from 7.
Saturday September 13 – day 1 of Sussex and Surrey Combined Events Championships at Sutton Arena.
Saturday September 13 – academy training at East Court from 10.30
Sunday September 14 – day 2 of Sussex and Surrey Combined Events Championships at Sutton Arena.