GB and SLH Juniors Update
Tom Holden GB Junior
Racing for GB Juniors vs. Home Country Seniors at the Manchester Home International Match on 17th Aug, Tom Holden won silver in the Mile. As is often the case, the race was tactical and started slowly, with the pace for the first two laps being a leisurely 71s and 67s. However, the pace picked up on the third lap, to 60s, with runners jostling for position as they approached the bell. In a well judged and tactically managed burst, Tom went into 2nd place down the back straight and really pushed the leader, the Senior AAA’s 2016 Mile champion Alex Tovey, right to the line. Tovey managed to hang on and win by 0.5s, with both of them completing the last lap in ~55s. Tom's time was 4:14.52
The GB Junior Team of 48 won 16 medals in total, but Tom was the only one to win a medal in an endurance/middle distance event.
The race video can be viewed at the below link.
Boys A Squad News
- SEAA U15 1500 Championships. Sam Sheppard – Nick Smith
Running at Ashford last weekend, Sam and Nick competed in the SEAA U15 Boys 1500 with the managers insisting in running two heats, even though there were only 17 entrants. Sam ran sensibly to do the minimum and negotiated his heat to finish 4th in 4:34 and qualify for the next day’s final. Nick got a bit separated from the lead pack and struggled to close the gap, finishing in 4:47 and just off a ‘fastest loser’ qualifying place. The final started too fast with the lead pack running at sub 4:00 pace. The leader broke free and won by 10s in 4:09, chased by a pack of four. Sam kept his cool and pace but although the leaders dropped back, Sam couldn’t quite close the gap to run with them and ran the last 800 on his own and finished 6th. He did well to maintain the pace throughout and secured another pb, bringing his 1500 time to 4:23.96, placing him sixth in the county rankings.
- Eltham BMC 17th Aug
Also reinforcing the competitive side of the club, Alex Lyne and Ben Clark made the effort to compete at the Eltham British Milers Club 800m. Ben improved his 800m pb again this season, by another 2s to 2:11.08. Alex ran his first 800 of the season to register a massive 7s pb to 2:10.55
Another hurdle overcome
Congratulations to Richard Morrris who lowered his 400m hurdles pb to 55.6 at the Blackheath and Bromley meeting last week. He also came 2nd in the Crawley Bank Holiday Monday meeting in 56.3. Richard has taken 2.1 secs off his pb this year working with coach Ray Thompson, making him 3rd best in Surrey. His target for next season is the club record of 54.2
English Combined Events Championships.
On 20th and 21st August Ella Price competed at the English Combined Events Championships at Bedford International Stadium. Ella is a 2nd year U15 and for the first time had to complete a hexathlon comprising of 75m hurdles, long jump, javelin, shot, high jump and 800m. Competition was fierce and despite being English championships competitors from Wales and Scotland as well as England were present.
Ella’s first day opened well with a p.b. of 13.22 secs into a head wind in the 75m hurdles. However, leading athletes recorded times in the high 11 or low 12 seconds which demonstrates the high standard. Long jump seemed to be lacklustre among the whole field. In the gusty winds Ella struggled to get on the board and jumped below her best at 4m 24cm. A strong javelin performance of 25m 39cm pulled her back up the rankings at the end of day 1.
Day 2 opened well with Ella recording a shot p.b. of 8m 10cm. Then perhaps her best event performance came in the high jump when despite wind, rain and a slow competition she high jumped a p.b. of 1m 41cm. This put her in 24th position out of 40 athletes with one event to go. The 800m was going to be tough for everyone at the end of two tiring days. It was Ella’s first competitive 800m this summer and lack of race experience left her feeling she could have run harder.
Ella’s finishing position was 29th which was a great result for her first English championships and puts her 69th on the 2016 UK rankings. She recorded p.b.s in three of the six events which demonstrates her strong competitive spirit.
INFORMAL 10K SERIES
The third and final race of the 2016 season was on 28th. July and won in some style by Rob Drake(SLH) in 35.32, exactly 2 minutes ahead of second place man Chris Veale of Reigate Priory with non attached Billy Hobbs in third. First woman was Ruth Hutton (SLH) followed by Anita Hedges (Sutton Runners), and Cathy Davis (SLH).
The results of the cumulative competitions over all 3 races were Men: 1. Neil Reissland, SLH. 2. Chris Bundhun, Reigate. 3. Gordon Hennessy, Collingwood. Women 1. Anita Hedges, Sutton Runners. 2. Stephanie Upton, Striders of Croydon. 3. Cathy Davies, SLH. MV40 Dan Vickers, SLH. MV50 Mark Constantinou, Collingwood. MV60 Mike Pocock, Reigate. LV45 Shun Lai, Collingwood.
Three well attended races especially well supported by Horley Harriers, Collingwood and Reigate. We look forward to seeing you again next year.