SEAA Road Relays, Bedford 25th Sep
Juniors Fly The Flag at Bedford - Updated now results have been published
SLH were represented at these championships by three junior teams, 2 x U15 Boys and an U13 Girls team. Moved from its traditional Aldershot venue, it was run on a soulless, flat and windswept airfield, now converted to a racing driving school and with a horrendous head wind on the first half of the juniors 3km course.
The U13 Girls went first, represented by Iona Agius on the opening leg, who came home 8th in 10:42, then Katie Mooney, 20th in 11:54 and lastly Olivia Thompson, who made up places to come home 13th in 10:37. Olivia was 14th fastest out of 152 runners and 3rd fastest for Surrey.
U13G L-R Katie, Iona and Olivia.
The U15 Boys were all members of the Boys Endurance A Squad, who had 7 of the 8 eligible U15 Boys in the squad compete. Running the same 3km windy loop, the A team got off to a good start with Sam Sheppard finishing 11th in 9:04, followed by Nick Smith who came home 7th in 9:35. Harry Smith went next, coming home 9th in 9:53. Joe Seal ran 9:37 and made up a place to bring the team home in a very impressive 8th place, our best YA team result for many years. Sam was 16th fastest overall (of 146) and 4th fastest for Surrey. L-R Jack, Nathan, Nick, Sam, Joe, Harry and Callum.
The B Team, unfortunately one man down at short notice, opened with Nathan Sellick - 32nd in 10:27, followed by Jack Burton also 32nd, in 10:34 and Callum Hockley, back from injury, held 32nd place (41 teams started) in 11:27, but with no 4th runner to finish, the team were officially unplaced.
A good example to the club and a great achievement and learning experience for the younger runners and something to build on for the future. Tom Holden, ran the 5th leg helping Tonbridge, (his first claim club), to Silver in the senior mens competition.
Results now available from SEAA here although as at 29/09, the site seems to be having hacking issues!
To view the conditions and course, videos of all races are at the following link, although obviously edited to suit TAC. here
Club 5000m & 1500m Championships
TRACK COULSDON 15th SEP '16
With the light fading and the floodlights on the club 5000m and 1500m championships got under way with 50 athletes competing in 4 races over the evening. The first race off was the 5000m A race for the Fowler-Dixon Cup, which was won by Joe Croft in 15:13.2 with Tom Higgs in second place in a new personal best of 15:31.8. Alistair Moses from Reigate Priory was next in with a time of 16:19.7 and he was followed home by Andrew Walker and Wayne Bell both having strong races.
The 5000m mixed race was the last race of the evening with 22 competitors taking to the track. It was won by Dan Quinn in 17:19.1 in a very tight finish with Dave Brown who was 2ndin 17:20.9. Next home in 3rd was Gordon Hennessey who had a great race and finished in 18:22. Katie Wills in 11th place was first lady in 20:36.6.
The 1500m A race was won by Pat Canavan in 4:22.1 with Alex Lyne in 2nd place in a new personal best of 4:24.6. Sam Sheppard who has had a great season was 3rd and was the first U15 boy home.
The 1500m mixed race was won by Jack Burton in 5:01.8 from Dan Vickers in 2ndplace. Olivia Thompson, who has had a great season in the U13 girls age group, was next home in 3rd place.
A good evening of athletics and something to build on for next season.
Special thanks to the officials who came along to help especially starter Martin Long, timekeepers Don Turner, Ben Noad and Gina Coulson and track judges Tom Richards, Hannah-Mai Flynn, John Mattinson, Francis Upcott, David Baker and Joanna Waite and marksman Bob Gevers. Also to Mary James and Andy Collins who gave out the numbers.
Results can be found here.
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.