Academy season gets under way

First session of the year for Academy athletes

I went to the first Academy session – for those in school years 4 and 5 – last Saturday May 1 at Imberhorne Upper School. It was my first time at an Academy session and it was great to see these 25 athletes of the future taking part in a variety of activities under coaches Eddie Vermeer, Phil Rogers and Belinda Sims with help from Belinda’s daughter Izzy Sims.

A number of parents (and brothers and sisters) were there as well, among them a couple of our athletes from the past – in one case someone from the recent past and in another case from a more distant past.

From the recent past Erin Harnett came along to watch her sister take part, along with their dad Oliver. Erin is now in the army – she holds our under 15 girls club record in the 300 metres.

Going back further to the late 1990s and now watching his daughter taking part in the session was Tony Read. Tony was a good middle distance runner who represented Sussex in the English Schools Championships. He was also a more than capable high-jumper.     

Annual membership fees are now due

A reminder that your membership fees should have been paid by the end of April. If you haven’t paid your fee as yet then please do so in the next few days.

And while we’re talking about money a reminder that our Tuesday and Thursday evening training sessions are no longer free. From now on there will be a charge of £2 for each session you attend – please pay your £2 by cash.

Sussex Festival of Athletics Saturday 8 May at K2

We have a number of athletes taking part in this coming Saturday’s meeting at K2 and we wish them well. We’ll bring you results when we get them.

Match on Wednesday May 26 at Lewes

Now we are in May we can begin to look forward to some matches, even more so in June and July. On the evening of WEDNESDAY MAY 26 we have a match for under 15s (school years 8 and 9) and under 17s (school years 10 and 11) on the track at Lewes. We are awaiting more details of this match and we will be contacting athletes in the near future.

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