News from Ashford and Eltham

Don’t forget that Tuesday evening training is now back at Imberhorne

A reminder that we have now finished our sessions at Sackville on Tuesday evenings as they are now getting the facilities ready for the autumn term. We will now be back at IMBERHORNE from 7 to 8 on Tuesday evenings for the next 2 weeks – August 20 and 27 – after which there is no Tuesday evening training until next year !!

South of England Under 13, 15 and 17 championships

We had 3 athletes competing at the South of England championships at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford in Kent. On Saturday Gabi Holland ran in the heats of the under 13 800 metres where she finished second in her heat. This gave her a place in the final to be held on the Sunday, but an injury she sustained on Saturday meant that she was unable to take her place in the final.

On the Sunday Rebekah Tyler was competing in the under 17 girls shot putt. She was a little below her best, but nevertheless her best throw of 11.77 metres gave her the bronze medal. Even if she had thrown her previous best she still would not have finished any higher with the 2 girls finishing first and second having featured highly in the English Schools Championships.

Cameron Wells was in the under 17 pole vault on Sunday afternoon. Again a little below his best with a clearance of 3.70 metres – the unhelpful wind played its part. We think he finished in 6th place.

Both Rebekah and Cameron will compete in the All-England championships at Bedford in a couple of weeks.

Senior match on Saturday at Eltham

Our senior team had their fifth and last match of the season on Saturday – and we were up against 3 of the top 5 clubs in the league. So a tough match to finish up with and no great surprise that we finished the match in 4th place, though we still scored a healthy number of points.

Perhaps not a surprise that the 2 under 17 athletes I’ve already talked about should have produced some of our first places – Rebekah won both the A string long jump and the A string shot. Her winning jump was just under 5 metres – a distance which she is keen to reach and which would have been hers yesterday if only she had got somewhere near the take-off board. Her winning shot putt of 10.96 metres with the 4k weight (it was the 3k in this year’s English Schools event) would have been an entry standard throw for the under 20 schools championships.

Cameron Wells had to wait until all the other pole vaulters had completed their competition before he entered the event at 3.50 metres – which he cleared first time. This was to be his only successful jump as he didn’t clear his next height. Saving it up for Sunday’s competition I hope.

Other first places came from athletes supporting Rebekah’s 2 first places – Abby Beswick winning the B string shot and Sarah Rusling the B string long jump. Sarah Killick-Bird had 2 B string first places in the high and triple jumps. And though not winning her 400 metres race Karen Wells beat Janice Watts’ club record in the 400 metres for over 50s.

Open Meetings over the bank holiday weekend

There are a number of open meetings over the coming weekend for those who want to finish the season in events of their own choice. On Saturday August 24 Herne Hill Harriers have an Open Meeting at Tooting Bec while on Bank Holiday Monday August 26 there are Open Meetings at both K2 in Crawley and at Tonbridge. Go to the various clubs’ websites for more information.

County Combined Events Championships on September 7 and 8 at Sutton

A reminder of these combined events championships over the weekend of September 7 and 8. Read the Sussex AAA website for more information. Entries have to be made by August 31.

What’s happening in the next week ?

Tuesday August 20 – training at IMBERHORNE for all athletes from 7 to 8.

Thursday August 22 – training at Imberhorne. 6.45 to 7.45 for under 13s and for middle distance group. 7.30 to 8.45 for other athletes.

Saturday August 24 – Open Meeting at Tooting Bec.

Monday August 26 – Open Meetings at K2 and at Tonbridge.

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