SURREY CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUES
What a great start to the XC season! Both our Men's and Women's teams won their Division 1 fixtures on Saturday (15th October) with Kevin Quinn winning the Men's race and Steph McCaul coming 3rd in the Women's race.
At Nonsuch Park 21 SLH women started the race and very quickly Steph and Phoebe Law (K&P) were in the lead. Phoebe got away on the second lap and Steph lost 2nd place to Amy Clements (KentAC) but finished strongly in 3rd. Our other scorers, all of whom had good runs, were Mary James (19), Lee Pearce (24), Sara Thomas (36) and Jo Vickers (50). Amy Billups was in a scoring position until she got stitch and Hannah Mai Flynn had to stop with a nose bleed. Tuesday track sessions are obviously paying off for all the scorers and many of the other women who ran.
In the YA races Julia Tomczak was 1st. U17 and Ellie Osmond was 19th U15. The U13 team came 4th with Olivia Thompson in 2nd. place, Iona Agius 7th, Katie Mooney 28th and Sophia Lorke 38th.
Later in the day at Richmond Park the YA were off first in one of the biggest boys' fields seen in recent seasons. Unfortunately our teams were depleted through injuries but we managed to field a complete U15 team - Sam Shephed 15th, Nick Smith 17th, Thomas Poeter 45th and Nathan Sellick 48th.- that finished 8 out of 18. Our 2 U13 runners Brandon Morrell and Ian Cotton came 14th and 43rd respectively.
The Mens race was historic with the team finshing first. We closed 7 in the first 20 with Kevin Quinn pulling away on the first lap and never in danger of being caught. Our other scorers were Ryan Evans 6, Joe Croft 9, Rob Drake 12, Dan Gaffney 15, Gary Laybourne 16, Tom Higgs 20, Pat Canavan 46, Kristian Lennard 47 and Staurt Major 51. James Lyne was unlucky not to score only 5 places behind Stuart. Full results.
Let's hope we can get this team out for every league race, the Surreys and the Southerns.
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.
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.