One of the most successful aspects of RPAC is our strong core of UK Athletics Officials who can be seen at so many of the events the club compete at. Today at the Crawley Early Season Track and Field Open Meeting was no exception. Amongst those on duty was Naomi Jones. Naomi is already a track judge and today was her first event as a Starter. She performed her role without a hitch (but as she was packing a couple of pistols I was never going to say different)!
Naomi at K2
It was a great day for all the RPAC juniors who took this early opportunity for a track race.
In the U17 Boys sprints, Drew Burridge won both the 300m and 150m with PB's in each and set new U17B's club records at each distance! Drew carrying on where he left off last year!
Drew winning at K2:
Another club record came in the U13 Girls 600m. Lilah Unwin ran a fantastic race to take a full 5 seconds off the existing club record and her time of 1.52.80 bodes well for her prospects at 800m later in the season. Also shining in the 600m was U15B Oscar Curry who won against a strong line up in a PB time of 1.39.10 which places him 2nd in the club records for the U15B 600m. Joe Walker ran well too to clock well under the 2min mark.
In the U15 Girls 600m both Lottie Burnett and Imogen Gregory had strong runs and quick times.
Lilah lines up at the start of her 600m:
Oscar and Joe waiting for their race:
Lottie and Imogen at K2 in the U15G's 600m:
Running last weekend at the Woodford Green Open Meeting U13 Alessia Turner took an amazing 13 seconds off her 800m PB. Her time of 2.35.73, particularly when running at the end of March, so early in the track season, gives every reason for Alessia to be optimistic about the season ahead. 2.35 is fast at U13!
There are two league meetings ahead this month for the Juniors. The first of this seasons Lily B League matches for girls is on Easter Monday at Epsom. Then on Saturday 27th April the first Lower Age Group Youth Development League match (boys and girls, U15 and U13) takes place in Sutton.
There were plenty of new Surrey yellow vests on show as the Surrey Schools Year 7 and Year 8 cross country teams took on Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and Essex at the South East Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships. Held at Christ's Hospital School near Horsham, the course was flat and fast on a firm grass surface and run in dry, sunny conditions. Selection is based on the results of the Surrey Schools Cross Country Championships held in January and entry to that race only comes with finishing high in the district races held before Christmas.
First off was the year 7 girls race and a strong run by Shakila Keable saw her finish 18th out of 89 runners and help the Surrey team to a 1st place finish!
Three from RPAC had been selected for the Surrey Y7 boys team and Samuel Stapley, Sam Rolaston and Will John-Cox performed well to help Surrey to 2nd place behind Hampshire. Samuel and Sam were close to each other all the way round to finish 23rd and 27th respectively, again in a race with 89 runners.
Gus Lewis ran well in the year 8 boys race helping Surrey to a 4th place in the team results.
Pictures from Sussex:
The annual CAU UK Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships took place on Saturday in Loughborough.
With 40 counties from across the UK sending their best runners, the competition was fierce. Lucy Dénecé was in the Surrey U13 girls team on the strength of her performances at cross country this winter and in particular, her Silver Medal in the Surrey Cross Country Championships in January.
Another strong run saw Lucy finish 22nd in a field of 307! This placed her in the top 4 finishers from Surrey and not surprisingly, with 4 of the top 22, the Surrey U13 Girls took 1st place and the Team Gold.
Lucy will be back in action next Saturday running in the Surrey Schools Junior Girls team at the English Schools Cross Country Championships in Leeds. Joining her in the Surrey Squad hotel on the Friday night will be Lucy Broderick who has been selected in the Surrey Schools Inter-Girls team.
Good Luck to both RPAC girls in the English Schools!
Surrey team Gold flanked by Kent and Buckinghamshire:
Two young runners from RPAC competed for Surrey last weekend in cold, wet and muddy conditions at the English Schools XC Championships held near Leeds .
Both had won selection to the Surrey team on the strength of their performances in the district xc races in the autumn and then, having qualified for the Surrey Schools XC Championships in January, their high placed finishes in that race.
Lucy Broderick, running in the Inter-Girls race, helped Surrey to 1st place in the team event. Lucy Dénecé, competing in the Junior girls race, was the 2nd Surrey runner home helping the team to finish in 6th place out of the 45 counties that took part.
Great achievements by both girls!
The annual South of England XC Championships took place on Saturday over the challenging Parliament Hill course in London. With clubs from as far apart as Cornwall and Norwich represented, there was no shortage of quality competition.
First off for RPAC was Noah Young in the U15 boys race. This was Noah's third consecutive year competing in XC at Parliament Hill and a strong run saw him come home in a respectable middle of the finishers position.
The U13 Girls tackled the long, steep uphill start next and Lucy Dénecé continued her run of good form by coming home 12th in a field of 316. One of the best placed finishes we have seen for RPAC in this major championship. Both Shakila Keable and Lily Woodhams had good races too, with Lily at the finish nominating it her favourite XC race.
In the Under 13 Boys race, both Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston put in great performances with both comfortably in the top half out of the 330 who finished. With four of our under 13's still in year 7, the experience they gained on Saturday will hold them in good stead in next year's Southern Championships when they will compete again as under 13's over the same distance.
Another who has raced several times now at Parliament Hill is Emelye Kenyon-Brown who put in a characteristically strong run to also come home in the top half against strong opposition. Emelye was running in the Under 17 Womens race. Next weekend Emelye will be joined by Lucy Broderick and Katie Driver in the Surrey Schools XC team taking part in the South East Inter-counties Championships in Hampshire. Lucy Dénecé will be there too as part of the Surrey Schools U15 girls team.