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A long trip to Ware in Hertfordshire didn't put off a good contingent of athletes from RPAC for the 2nd match in this season's YDL.

There were plenty of PB's, several 1st place finishes and a couple of athletes competing for the first time. 

Barton Carter had another good day to follow up after his medal success at the recent Surrey Championships.  He came 1st in the U15B'S long jump and scored heavily for the team by adding 3rd place finishes in both the 100 and 200m races, achieving PB's in each! Rudi Haylock was in good form too, equalling his PB in winning the high jump with 1m55 and then coming 1st in both the B string long jump and 200m. Rudi's long jump was a new PB. Also in the U15B'S,  Oscar Curry had 2nd place finishes in the 300 and the 800m races posting fast times in each.

Our U15G'S both scored well by competing in three events each. Francesca Manrow won the discus, came 2nd in the 300m with a PB and was 4th in the 200m. Caitlin Holloway  had a PB in finishing 2nd in her 300m race and threw well in both the discus and the shot.

Imogen Wheeler had a great day! Three events and three PB's! Imogen came 2nd in the U13G'S long jump with 3m 73 and was speedy in both the 75 and the 150m races. Charlotte Pelekani scored heavily for the team in her first appearance taking 2nd place in her long jump competition and having 3rd place finishes in both her 75 and 150m races. Tiggy Boyce also in her first appearance ran a great 800m to finish in 2nd place by a fraction of a second, but in doing so took maximim points as the winner of the B string. (A and B runners competed in the same race). Pollyanne Stott finished the race in 1st place to also pick up maximum points. Both girls then ran well in the 75m sprint. Completing our contingent of U13G'S,  late in the afternoon it was Shakila Keable's turn in the 1200m where,  despite having to run on her own at the front throughout, Shakila won in a time of 4.01.9. This time is in the top 25 in the UK currently and ranks her 3rd in the club records for U13G'S 1200m.

Justin Collins as ever turned out in three events and was rewarded with a PB in his U13B'S 75mH race. Justin also competed well in the 100m and in the high jump. A first outing for Sunny Boyce saw him also competing well in the 100m and Javelin. 

Thanks go to Ivan Barratt and Ashley Burridge for officiating all day and to David Manrow for managing the team. 

The next YDL match for U13,  U15 boys and girls is on Saturday 22nd June in Battersea. 

Two days of quality athletics at the Surrey County Track and Field Championships in Kingston saw 18 RPAC Juniors compete against the best in Surrey.

There were a host of PB's, some in both (!) heat and final,  a clutch of medals, and for everyone who competed, a great experience and the satisfaction of having been there and come through the test. Three even doubled up with a track and a field event; Eva Marsh,  Lucy Dénecé and Alessia Turner.

In the U17 Javelin it was Gold and Silver for RPAC with Katie Mac adding to her personal hoard of Gold clearing 40m and Lily Cain-Jones taking the Silver with a new PB 36.55. Both girls are in the top 20 in the UKA rankings! Pretty Awesome!  Alessia Turner threw a PB too to come away with Bronze in the U13G'S Javelin. 

After an injury hit season last year, Barton Carter announced his return with a huge leap in the U15B'S Long Jump! Barton jumped 5m.26, a massive PB and good enough for the Silver Medal.

In the U17B's high jump, Dan Statham equalled his PB with 1.65m and finished 5th.

Completing our list of Field event competitors, Lily Woodhams jumped with great panache to equal her PB of 3m99 in the U13G'S Long Jump Final and finish 7th. Eva Marsh was 9th in the U15G'S Long Jump Final and Lucy Dénecé  came 7th in the Final of the U15G'S Javelin.

On the track Vicky Wilkes came through her heat to finish 5th in the U17W'S 200m Final.

Drew Burridge also won through to his final in the U17B'S 400m, also taking 5th place.

Eva Peters missed her events on Saturday through illness but ran well on Sunday in the U15G'S 100m.

Oscar Curry, Samuel Stapley and Shakila Keable all came through their heats of the 800m's with new PB's. For Samuel there was an even bigger PB (6 seconds) in the final of the U13B's 800m where his time of 2.20.53 saw him finish 4th. At the time of writing, 18th fastest in the UK this year! It also places Samuel 2nd in the club records beating all his predecessors back to Tom Drew in 1991! Another 1/2 a second Samuel...

Shakila also had her biggest PB in the final going under the 2m.30 mark with 2.28.36 in taking 5th place in the U13G'S.  A top 25 time in the UK for Shakila! Oscar has been having a great season and after a big PB in his heat ran almost the same time finishing 6th in the U15B'S  800m final.

There were PB's in the heats for Lilah Unwin and Pollyanne Stott in the U13 800's, and Genevieve Alcock in the U15 1500m.

Gusie Lewis and Eva Marsh U15 800m's,  Lucy Dénecé U15 1500m, and Sam Rolaston U13 1500m and Alessia Turner U13 800m were all close to their best times in their heats.

Once again, several of the UKA Officials present over the two days were from RPAC and the competitors greatly appreciate the time and effort they put in to make the event happen.

A small but perfectly formed quartet of RPAC under 17s were the sole repesentatives of the composite Holland Sports/Reigate Priory team at the first Youth Development League - Upper Age Group fixture of the season.

The Medway Athletics Track in Gillingham clearly suited the foursome, as all produced personal bests. Most notably, Katie Mackison set a new club record in the Javelin at 44.89m, elevating herself to third place in the 2019 UK rankings and a spot in the UK 10 Target!

Drew Burridge set a new club record in the 400m with a dominant run of 53.17s, his third PB at this distance in the last three weeks. With everyone in attendance competing, warming up or officiating, we had to borrow the Photo Finish judge's image to illustrate his win!

medway photofinish u17 400m 5 5 2019

Katie and Drew were ably supported by first-year u17s Jake Chandler and Alex Collins. Jake produced double PBs with 13.12s in the 100m & 26.24s in the 200m. Alex stepped up to earn us some valuable points in the Triple Jump with 9.35m and equalled his PB with13.92s in a non-scoring 100m run.

A big thanks to Ian Crouch for spending the day judging field events and Ashley Burridge for manning the timekeepers' steps.

The next YDL-UAG fixture is at Mile End on Sunday, 26th May. Mile End's track was refurbished ahead of the 2012 Olympics to provide additional training facilities for visiting athletes.

Some outstanding racing by young RPAC Juniors saw four first place finishes in the Junior races at the annual YMCA Fun Run event held in Priory Park.

With trophies and money for the winners the races were all highly competitive. No more so than in the U16's where two runners broke away from the pack to battle hard in a sprint finish which saw Oscar Curry take 1st place. Gusie Lewis ran a good race too to come home 3rd.

In the U12 race Ollie Burnett was strong to be 1st boy home with Harry Peters 3rd boy.  Ollie and Harry pictured after the awards ceremony. 

It was a RPAC double in the U10's with Alastair Fordyce 1st boy and Jessica Randall 1st girl. A great run by Eve Goulding took 3rd place in the girls'.

This season's first Lower Age Group National YDL match took place on Saturday at The David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton.  With teams made up of U13 and U15 boys and girls there was a good turnout from RPAC leading to 3rd place in the six club match. Strong winds throughout affected all the events.

The leading performances on the day came from Francesca Manrow in the U15G'S and Alessia Turner in the U13G 's. Francesca came 1st in the discus with a PB and new club record throw of 20.07m! A big throw! She followed this up with PB's in the 300m (1st place A string) and in the 200m with a 3rd place (B string). To add to her points contribution to the team Francesca was part of the RPAC U15G'S 4 x 100m relay team that came home in 4th place in a time of 60.01.

Alessia also had PB's in each of her three events, these being in the 150m, the 1200m and the long jump and with two 2nds and a third place scored heavily for the team.

Eva Peters had a good PB in the U15 200m while Eva Marsh battled hard in the strong wind to lead all the way to win the 800m A race.  Isla Smith in her first appearance for the club, ran well to take 2nd place in the B string 800m race. Imogen Gregory also ran well in the 800. There were wins in the U15 Javelin A and B for Lucy Dénecé and Zara Watkinson who each picked up good points in their 1500m races too. Caitlin Holloway won the B string 300m in a quick time and had a PB in the Shot.

In the U15B's there were good points scored in the 800m with Oscar Curry winning the A string and Gusie Lewis the B. Gus also ran a quick 300m race. Joe Walker backed them up, running in the n/s 800.

A number of first timers in the YDL were amongst our U13 girls with Phoebe Bakker (70mH, 75m and Shot) and Imogen Wheeler (75m and 150m) performing well. For Lily Woodhams there was a PB in the 800m where she finished 2nd in the A string. Lily also picked up good points in the long jump and the 75m where she ran another PB. Pollyanne Stott was another first timer and ran a great 800m to finish 2nd in the B string.

There was excellent point scoring from our contingent of U13 boysl  Joel Lawrence won the high jump A string and was 3rd in the 1500m. Justin Collins won the B string high jump and came 3rd in both the 75mH and the long jump where he PB'd.  There were strong performances too from Harry Parsonage and Travis Bateman who scored good points. In the U13B 800m Samuel Stapley and Sam Rolaston took 1st place respectively in the A and B races with a PB for Samuel. 

Many thanks to David Manrow for managing the team and especially to Mike and Fiona Gent who spent the whole day compiling the results. As always we are also indebted to our contingent of highly experienced UKA officials who were also on duty all day.

Plenty more League action ahead over the summer.


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