Junior Track & Field Update
It has been a hectic couple of weeks for the junior athletes in the club. The boys had the 2nd Ebbisham match at Tooting on the 26th June 2016. We had a strong team out and we also had lots of our U11 athletes doing the non scoring events so in total we had around 40 junior boys taking part. The team worked really hard to try to ensure we held on to our Division 1 status and we finished in 4th place a good way ahead of the 5th and 6th teams so with a good result at Track Coulsdon we should be fine.
The following week the girls were at Guildford for the 3rd Lily B match. We finished in 3rd place and it was an excellent team performance. The U17 girls looked really impressive with Lohita Allen-Aigbodion getting a new personal best of 45.5 in the 300m hurdles and looking superb in the sprint hurdles and she also won the shot. Anna Given won the high jump with a new personal best of 1.60m. Davina Boateng won the 100m and the 200m and Mei Matthews ran a new personal best winning the B string 200m in 27.5. There were excellent performances all round by the U13 and U15 girls.
We hosted the final Ebbisham league match at Track Coulsdon on Sunday. The morning was dull with light rain but it did clear up just as the match started at 1pm. It was a really busy competition, we alone had nearly 40 non scoring athletes and in total there were 180. Thanks to the excellent work of the starter and marksman our own Bob Gevers, the match finished almost on time. Again there were some excellent performances with Nathan Huggins winning the U13 boys 100m and finishing 2nd in the 200m and also jumping 1.35m for a new personal best in the high jump. New recruit Tom Melody also did very well winning the U13 discus with 16.82 and also doing well in the javelin and tackling the 1500m for the first time. Thomas Porter did well in the U15 javelin with a new personal best of 26.24m. Sam Sheppard was 2nd in the U15 1500m with a very solid run. Harry Smith and Owen Waite got us valuable points in the U15 triple jump as did Daniel Foard, Alfie Smith, Calum Mackinnon-Smith and Joe Lawrence tackling events out of their comfort zone for the sake of the team. It was good to see Daniel Edwards back in the U13 team. The meeting went really well and special thanks must go to the people who came along to help with the car parking and track preparation and help with running the meeting. There were close to 400 competitors at the match but the results team of Jake Clausen, Pat Gevers and Peter Kerr of Sutton and District AC managed to get the draft results out that evening which was a great effort. The team finished a comfortable 4th and we remain in Division 1 next year which was the aim for the season. Special thanks to the Mums who ran the refreshments and worked so hard all afternoon. It really was a great team effort and many thanks again to all who helped.
We also had 4 competitors at the English Schools track and field championships in Gateshead. Joanna Barnaby in the junior girls discus, and Philip Bartlett in the Inter boys discus representing Surrey Schools, and Lohita Allen-Aigbodion in the Inter girls 300m hurdles and Nathan Fergus in the Senior boys shot representing London Schools. They all did very well to reach these championships as the competition is very tough. They had mixed fortunes but it was great to see Nathan Fergus come back with a silver medal so congratulations to Nathan.
Elmore 7 2016
The 28th Elmore 7 was run on 16th July. As is customary, the weather was hot for a field of over 300. The winner was Tom Griffiths from Guildford & Godalming with last year's winner, Ollie Garrod of Epsom coming in 2nd. Megan de Silva, Ranelagh Harriers, was first woman home for the second year running. James Lyne was first SLH home and won the Mark Burtwell trophy. The heat affected several runners but the 2 who went to hospital are now both fine. Full results are in the Results tab. Click here for photos, expertly and kindly taken by Steve O'Sullivan.
Tom Holden breaks 3:50
At the BMC Gold Standard races in Watford on 13th July, Tom Holden smashed 4 seconds off his 1500m PB to go well under 3:50 finishing in 5th place with a fantastic time of 3:46.30. This places Tom 4th in the UK Under 20 rankings for 2016 and well inside the AAA Senior Grade 1 standard. Well done Tom.
Banstead Woods Parkrun 21/05
The SLH Roden British Milers Club Bursary
The British Milers Club has been the driving force of British middle distance running since the mid 1960s. Membership is prestigious and restricted to those who gain the challenging qualifying times. In order to encourage youth development in competitive middle-distance running in the club, Anne Roden and her brother Tom, have instigated the ‘Roden BMC Bursary’. With the generous donation of a sum of money, this will fund the initial BMC membership for athletes (U17s and below) who reach the qualification standards. The first two recipients, Callum Hockley and Sam Sheppard (both U15) were presented with their membership packs and T shirts by Anne and Stuart, pictured below. The U15 1500 qualifying time is 4:35. Callum (left) ran 4:34 and Sam (right) ran 4:31, both in the Surrey County Championships. Well done to both and we hope to see more qualify shortly. Also a big thank you to Anne and Tom.