World Masters T & F Championships
Alison Collins recently returned from Lyon where she represented Great Britain at the World Masters Track & Field Championships. There were 56 ladies in her main event (W50 400m) so, if good enough, there were heats, semis and a final. She also decided to a have go at the 200m, a new event for Alison, which would also involve heats, semis and a final. Her targets were to try and make the finals for both events.
The 200 was over the first few days, and with strong competition (this was the world champs) she narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final with the ninth fastest time of 29.24s. Ironically had she been in the other semi she would have qualified.
After a days rest the first round of the 400m was up. Alison impressively qualified in 1st place with a time of 64.83s. In the semi final the first 3 and 2 fastest losers qualified through to the final, so knowing this she only had to finish in the top 3. She ran a comfortable race and came home in 2nd place in 65.95s. So to the final, she was nervous, the stadium was packed and the atmosphere was electric. She ran faster than she had all week and narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing in 64.41s to earn a very creditable 4th place.
Weekend T&F Report
It has been a very successful few days for the track and field athletes of the club.
On Wednesday 19th August 2015 at the BMC meeting in Eltham Tom Holden ran 4.19 in the mile to take him top of the Surrey rankings for the season.
At Track Coulsdon on Saturday there was a tremendous team performance by the Senior Women and U15 girls in the last match of Division 1 of the Southern Womens track and field league. In beautiful weather the girls pulled out all the stops to win the match very convincingly from Harlow who we had battled against all season, and so gain promotion back to the Premier Division of the Southern Womens League. The match went very smoothly and a big thank you to the people who came along to help set the meeting up in the morning especially Marianne and Ray Cowper, John Mattinson and Tom Richards. Thanks also to all the officials who contributed to a very well run fixture, and to Zoe Clark who did such a good job serving refreshments.
A few miles away in Solihull there were 2 fine runs by Pat Canavan and Tom Holden in the BMC 1500m. Tom ran very well and was rewarded with a seasons best of 3.55. Pat ducked under 4 minutes for the first time running a new PB of 3.59.
On Sunday we had around 40 young athletes competing in the SLAN Super 8 fixture at the David Weir Leisure Centre. The event went really well and there was some excellent competition for our youngsters. Around 180 athletes from the SLAN clubs came along to make it the most successful fixture so far. We did not have the warm weather enjoyed at Track Coulsdon the previous day but thankfully the rain held off until the last event which were the relays around midday. A very good weekend for the club.
A good weekend's work
It was a great weekend of athletics for the club with some great performances by our athletes. Pride of place must go to Shanice Harrison who won the Senior womens 200m title at the South of England Championships at Lee Valley winning in the time of 24.67. Her brother Creston also did very well to get to the final of the U20 mens 200m where he finished 7th in 22.72. Creston has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and it is so good to see him getting back to his best. Brandon Murray just missed out on progressing from the heats of the U20 mens 100m where he finished 6th in 11.57.
Shanice receiving her medal
At track Coulsdon we hosted the 2nd Ebbisham League match for U11/U13/U15/U17 boys on Sunday. We had over 50 young athletes competing for SLH, and in all there were around 300 competitors. It was so good to see the track packed with athletes and spectators. The meeting ran very smoothly and our team did very well and we won. There were some excellent performances.
SURREY T&F CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
There were lots of medals and personal bests by our athletes competing in the Surrey Track and Field Championships at Kingsmeadow Athletic Stadium over the weekend of the 23rd/24th May 2015. The weather was mixed but dry and the events were well contested.
Shanice Harrison looked very impressive in the Senior women’s 100m and 200m. Shanice won gold in the 100m in 12.14 and was just pipped to another gold in the 200m taking silver in 25.17. Rami Miller equally stood out in the U15 boys sprints. In his first county championship he took gold in the 100m in 11.63 and silver in the 200m in 24.06.
Rami Miller receiving his 100m gold medal
Luke Mulley did very well to make the final of the U15 boys 100m and it was good to see two club vests in a final. In the Senior men’s 800m Tom Walker ran very well to take the bronze medal in 1.57.21 and went a place better in the 1500m where he took silver in 4.06.01. A great weekend’s work.
Tom Walker receiving his 800m bronze medal
James Lyne ran a very good race in the U17 men’s 1500m taking silver in 4.22.69 with brother Alex 6th in 4.47.21 and new recruit Ryan Allalat 8th in 4.54.64.