LONDON YOUTH GAMES XC
We had 21 young athletes competing for their boroughs at the London Youth Games on Saturday 19th November at Parliament Hill.
Julia Tomczak had a great run in the U17girls race to come home in 3rd place and win a bronze medal, She was supported by Megan French who came home in 91st place. Olivia Thompson was 5th in the U13 girls and had a very good run, and she was followed home by Katie Mooney in 72nd, Sophia Lorke in 75th place and Gabriella Thoburn in 111th. Ellie Osmond was 51st in the U15 girls race and Katie Jefferson who is just returning from injury was 60th. In the U11 boys race Owen Grimwood and George Williamson had their first taste of running in a championship race and both did well, with Owen in 73rd and George in 102nd. In the U13 boys race Alfie Smith ran very well to finish in 14th place, Brandan Morrel 57th, and Daniel Edwards was 153rd. Sam Sheppard had a strong run in the U15 boys race to finish 24th, with Nathan Sellick in 55th, Thomas Porter 105th, Jack Burton 114th,Callum Hockley 129th and Daniel Foard 144th. Henry Stiff looked really good coming down the hill to the finish in the U17 boys race and was 24th. Well done to all these young athletes.
Young Athletes Uncover Pirie Bench on Farthing Down
For the last few weeks, some of the Junior A Squad have been doing long Sunday runs on Farthing Down, with two lap guided tours of the league course, plus extra hills to make 6-7 miles @ 7:45 pace. During our run last week, we discovered the Gordon Pirie bench looking worse for wear and completely overgrown. We therefore decided to resolve the problem the following week, prior to the home league. Hiding secateurs, gloves and Brasso by the bench, we set off for the two and a bit laps, finishing at the south cattle grid. A fast mile from the car park along the road @ 5:27 pace got us back to the bench. After 10 mins cutting back, the bench is visible and usable....but the Brasso made no impact on the many years of tarnish. In case people don't know, the bench is just ~50m up the course from the normal start, to the left of the route and backed onto a thicket and faces south west.... (L-R) in the 'After' photo below are Sam Sheppard, Nathan Sellick and Nick Smith.
Bruce Judd XC Relays
There were some excellent performances by our young athletes at the Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays held at Stoke Park Guildford on Saturday. Our U13 girls team of Iona Agius, Katie Mooney and Olivia Thompson all ran really well to take the bronze medals in a very competitive race. Olivia just missed out on running the fastest lap time by one second, Iona ran the 5th fastest time and Katie also ran a very strong leg. The U13 boys team of Brandan Morrell, Daniel Edwards and Joe Lawrence finished in 22nd place. We had 2 U15 girls teams competing and the A team of Peggy Winterborn, Amy Beattie and Ellie Osmond finished in 11th place and the B team of Li-Norah Flynn, Megan Lawrence and Mary-Kate Flynn finished in 16th place. The U15 boys team of Nick Smith, Thomas Porter and Nathan Sellick all ran very well to finish 9th.
Club T&F Championships
TRACK COULSDON, 18th SEP
We had a very successful track and field championships with fine weather and we were treated to some excellent competition. It was good to see so many of our U11 athletes getting a taste of competition. Roel Guiaguin won the U11 boys long jump and ended his season unbeaten in this event and he also won the 75m, with Tate Williams, Deji Bello and William Martin tying for 2nd place. Deji went on to win the 150m from Tate with Roel in 3rd place. Deji was also 3rd in the long jump with Ethan Huyssteen in 3rd place. Kyrah Francois won the U11 girls long jump with Phoebe Kemp in 2nd and Phoebe Lyes in 3rd. Ben Hamilton had a fine run in the U11 boys 600m winning in 2.02.6 from Noah Findell and Aaryan Roberts. Renika Martin looked very impressive in the U11 girls 75m winning in 11.6 from Phoebe Kemp and Freya Anderson. Phoebe went on to win the 150m with Zara Karimi in 2nd and Fleur Coppack in 3rd place. Phoebe Lyes looked very good winning the U11 girls 600m from Sophie Hobbs and Thalia Kyriakou.
Olivia Thompson ended her season winning the U13 girls 800m and the mile. Iona Agius was 2nd in the 800m and won the shot with Olivia in 2nd place and Aimee Hobbs 3rd. Gabriella Thoburn having finished 4th in the U13 girls Surrey Combined events championships the previous weekend missing the bronze medal by 1 point, had a great end to her first season winning the long jump and high jump. Jessica Alexander was 2nd in the high jump, long jump, 100m and won the javelin, and Kate Bridges ended her season with a win in the discus and howler. Abigail Needham won the 100m from Olivia Dempsey-Streeter. Olivia also won the U13 girls speed bounce and was 3rd in the long jump. Nathan Huggins closed his season winning the U13 boys 100m and 200m but was pushed all the way by Seyi Bello who won the U13 boys long jump with a new personal best of 4.05m with Nathan 2nd and Daniel Edwards in 3rd. New recruit Mason Owuso was 3rd in the 100m and won the discus and the howler. Brandan Morrell and Joe Lawrence had a great race in the U13 boys 800 with Brandan just winning, who also won the mile and javelin. Joe won the U13 boys shot and was 2nd in the discus.
Ella Price had a very busy afternoon and showed what a very competitive athlete she is winning the U15 girls long jump, javelin, high jump, 100m, and 200m and even found time to finish 3rd in the shot. Rhianna Levy after a season interrupted by illness and injury finished 2nd in the long jump and we are all hoping she will have a good winter and come out fighting fit next season. Joanna Barnaby closed her excellent season winning the U15 girls shot, and discus and finishing 3rd in the javelin. Li-Norah Flynn won the U15 girls 800m from Amelia Clark with Amy Beattie in 3rd.Amelia has also had an up and down season due to illness but she had a good afternoon finishing 3rd in the long jump and second in the high jump. Fingers crossed the sportshall season will see her back to her impressive best. Katie Jefferson also had a busy afternoon winning the U15 girls 300m, and finishing 2nd in the 200m and 3rd in the 100m. Daniel Foard was another busy athlete winning the U15 boys 800m, discus, and long jump.
It was great to see some of our U17 athletes competing and giving us some excellent performances. Mei Matthews won the U17 girls 100m and 200m. Dylan Da Costa brought his amazing first season to an end winning the 100m, 200m and long jump and finishing a close 2nd in the 400m. Julia Tomczak had a great run in the U17 girls 800m winning in a new pb of 2.20.8 and looking very impressive. What an excellent season this young athlete has had. Anna Given was 2nd in the 800m and won the high jump and 300m and bought her very good season to an end. Charlie Goriup had a very busy championships winning the U20mens 100m, 200m,400m, high jump and javelin.
Alex Lyne U20, after his 1500m pb in the championships on Thursday evening, won the mile and therefore the Emery Carr Trophy.
The afternoon finished with some very competitive relay races and the presentation of medals.
Thanks to all the officials and helpers who made the afternoon run so smoothly.
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.