Southern Athletics League
The Southern Athletic League women’s and men’s team got off to the perfect start to the track and field season with a win at the David Weir Leisure Centre on Saturday 15th April. Up against the host club Sutton and District who had home advantage we scored 210.5 points to win the match with Sutton in second with 190.5points, Hercules Wimbledon in 3rd with 160 points, and Swale in 4th with 109 points.
The whole team worked really hard and there were excellent performances on the track and field. It was good to see some of our U17 athletes stepping up to the senior team and doing very well.
In the sprints Davina Boateng won the 100m A string and was just pipped out of first place in the 200m. Lohita Allen-Aigbodion ran very well in the B string 100m and 200m to finish 2nd in both. Amy Billups won the A string 400m and it was great to see Alison Collins winning the B string 400m. Amy also ran very well to win the A string 800m and Katie Lowe in what I believe was her first track competition won the B string. Mary James looking fully recovered from her recent sub 3 hour marathon, ran very strongly to win the A string 1500m, and was 2nd in the 3000m. Tessa Billups despite still having problems with a foot injury was 3rd in the B string 1500m. Katie Lowe followed up her run in the 800m with a solid run in the 3000m to place 3rd in the B string.
Turning to the men Bill Porter was 2nd in the A string 100m and Sharif Quansch won the B string. They paired up again in the 200m where Sharif was 2nd in the A string and Bill was 3rd in the B string. U20 Charlie Goriup had a fine run in the 400m to finish 3rd in the A string, and Richard Morris ran very well to finish 2nd in the B string. U20 James Lyne battled hard in the 800m to finish in 3rd place in the A string race, and he was followed in by U17 Callum Hockley who ran very well to finish 2nd in the B string race. Callum definitely looked more at home on the track after his last cross country run in the National had seen him finish covered from head to toe in mud! But the endurance he has gained over the winter will stand him in good stead for the track season and races ahead. Pat Canavan looked very smooth finishing 2nd in the A string 1500m, and John Foss finished 3rd in the B string. U20 Toby Phillip had a good run in the 1500m but in very blustery conditions he did not get the time his performance deserved. Tom Higgs is transferring his excellent cross country form to the track and he won the 5000m A string, and there was a fine run by Dillon Wyman to finish 2nd in the B string race. Richard Morris ran really well to win the 400m hurdles A string race. Could he repeat his win in the 2016 Surrey Championships next month in the 2017 championships? Stephen Babalola also looked very strong winning the B string race in one of his many events over the course of the meet. Richard and Stephen also both took maximum points in the 110m hurdles.
Turning to the field there were tremendous performances by our throwers. In the shot Frankie Evans was 2nd in the A string and Joanna Barnaby won the B string. In the discus Joanna and Frankie were both 1st.Maya Smith won the A string hammer and Frankie won the B string. In the javelin Ella Price was 2nd in the A string and Maya 3rd in the B string. Anna Given was 2nd in the high jump, and Ella Price was 3rd in the long jump A string and Jill Lula jumped for the team and was 3rd in the B string. Ella Price did the triple jump for the first time in a competition and finished in 2nd place.
The men did equally as well with the throwers again being outstanding. Nathan Fergus won the A string shot and Erasmus Dwemoh won the B string. Nathan also won the A string discus and Tom Bullen won the B string. Ben Myburgh was 2nd in the A string hammer and Erasmus won the B string. In the javelin Tom Bullen was 2nd in the A string and Charlie Goriup was 2nd in the B string. The dynamic duo of Darren Brown and Stephen Babalola covered the jumps with them both winning the A & B triple jump, both finishing 2nd in the high jump and long jump.
There were some excellent performances in the relays with the ladies 4x100m team of Ella Price, Lohita Allen-Aigbodion, Mei Matthews and Davina Boateng winning from a strong Sutton squad. The mens 4x400m team of Richard Morris, Sharif Quansch, Bill Porter and Charlie Goriup brought the meeting to a great end winning a very exciting race with fine runs from all the team.
An excellent start to the season so hopefully we will carry the momentum to the next fixture well done to our team.
Inter counties XC
There were some fine performances by our athletes taking part in the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships held at Prestwold Hall, Leicestershire on the 11th March. All representing Surrey, Julia Tomzcak had a brilliant run to finish 4th in the U17 girls race and with two other Surrey athletes in 1st and 2nd place Surrey convincingly won the U17 girls title. Steph McCall was 27th in the Senior womens race and was the third scorer for Surrey and they took the Senior womens title. William Bardsley running in the U20 mens race was 4th Surrey scorer and the team were placed 6th.
Medals at Surrey Indoor Champs
Anna Given and Mei Matthews represented SLH at the Surrey Indoor Championships on 19th February. Competing in the U17 Girls High Jump Anna and Mei both equalled their personal bests of 1m 50cm to finish in 2nd and 3rd places. Anna just pipped Mei on countback for the silver medal. The winner was Jess Collins from HHH with an indoor personal best jump of 1m 63cm. All age groups from across Surrey and Sussex competed together on the day and Anna and Mei finished ahead of all other athletes apart from Jess. Following on from Amelia Clarke’s bronze in the U15 high jump at these champs last year and with Gabriella Thoburn a real high jump talent at Crystal Palace SLH is beginning to shine at high jump.
At the same championships Philip Bartlett gained a silver medal in the U/17 Mens shot putt with a throw of 12.89m.
The End of Season Supper will be held in the Clubhouse on Saturday 1st. April at 7pm for 7.30pm. This is a chance to celebrate the successes of the XC season, recognise our winners and socialise with friends. Tickets are £17 adults and £12 under 20s. We are limited to around 80 people so get your tickets now from Anne Roden, Jo Vickers or the online shop. Menu Please let Anne know by email if you require the vegetarian option or have other dietary requirements (email@example.com)
A busy weekend for the junior athletes with many running for SLH or school in the 2nd Woodcote XC meeting of the season. In total there were 256 finishers in 4 races. A beautiful sunny morning but with sub-zero temperatures and the ground frosty and very hard. All seemed to cope with the conditions really well and there were some exciting finishes. The first race was the Year 3/4 girls, won by Aimee Healy from Margaret Roper, with Abbie Edie from Chipstead Valley 2nd and Maia Morrell for SLH 3rd. Woodmansterne won the team race, Margaret Roper 2nd place and Cumnor Girls 3rd. The year 3/4 boys was won by Jackson Stevens of Coulsdon CoE, but also of SLH, with Harry Coote and Pieter Ten Cate from Smitham taking 2nd & 3rd. Margaret Roper won the team race with Woodmansterne 2nd and Coulsdon CoE 3rd.
In the 5/6 girls’ race Phoebe Lyes of SLH won with Annice Kemp of Hayes but also SLH in 2nd, with Zoha Jetha - Cumnor Girls in 3rd. Woodmansterne won the team race with Margaret Roper 2nd and Coulsdon CoE 3rd. In the 5/6 boys race, in the closest finish of the day Felix Welsh of SLH won from Max Lorke for Gresham/SLH 2nd, with Noah Findell of Smitham/SLH 3rd, Jack Chaudhury for SLH 4th and Harry Sturgess running for The Hayes but SLH as well in 5th. St.Davids took the team race from The Hayes and Coulsdon CoE. An excellent morning and thanks to everyone that helped and make it run so smoothly.
The same day, Reigate Priory Park hosted the Surrey Schools XC Championships with many SLH members taking part. In the Year 7 girls Tabitha Welsh had a great run to finish 11th with Sophia Lorke 17th. In the Year 7 boys Brandan Morrell had a great run to finish 11th and Ian Cotton 40th. In the Junior girls race Katie Mooney was 34th with Li-Norah Flynn 49th and Ella-Grace Maynard 78th. Nick Smith had a great run in the Junior boys finishing 9th with Joe Seal coming back from a rugby injury in 24th. In the Inter-boys Nathan Sellick, recovering from a heavy cold/cough did well to make the start line and finished 46th. In the Inter girls race, Mary-Kate Flynn finished 41st. In the Senior girls race Deborah Cotton ran well to finish 20th and Hannah-Mai Flynn 24th. There were some excellent performances in the Senior boys race with James Lyne finishing 5th, securing his Surrey team place for the English Schools championships and Toby Phillips had a great run to finish 7th, with a chance of making the team for the English Schools. Henry Stiff ran well to finish 13th.
On Sunday we had the final fixture of the sportshall season at the Spectrum Guildford. The results have not come out yet, but our teams did very well. In the boys event there were fine performances by Seyi Bello, Deji Bello, Roel Guiaguin, Tate Williams, Myles Berryman, Asher Byrne, in the 2 and 4 lap races. Mason Owuso running for the first time this season won the 6th lap race looking very impressive and Felix Welsh, having won the year 5&6 boys race at Woodcote the day before, also in his first event did very well in the longer race and the 2 of them combined to win the 8 lap paarlauf.
The girls also did very well with Anna-Marie Agard, Olivia Dempsey-Street, Kyrah Francois, Phoebe and Annice Kemp, Thalia Kyriakou, Bella Mancuso and Rebecca Collins looking good in the 2 and 4 lap races and Katie Mooney and Tabitha Welsh doing very well in the 6 lap race and the 8 lap paarlauf. There were also good performances in the field events from both the girls and boys. There was a bit of sadness as 2 of our U15 girls were taking part in their last sportshall events. Amelia Clark and Ella Price have been the backbone of our U13 and U15 girls teams and both are very good athletes. Amelia was in the Surrey U13 girls teams that won the National Championships in 2015, and last year she captained the U15 girls Surrey Team. Ella has also competed at the National Finals and is a very successful combined events athlete. Both looked very impressive yesterday and they together with Seyi Bello, Katie Mooney and Mason Owuso are in the Surrey squads for this year’s inter-counties event.
A busy but successful weekend for our youngsters.
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.