A sunny day in Horsham and a strong turnout at the third YDL fixture of the summer resulting in our more than doubling our points tally from the first two fixtures (although they were in Portsmouth and Bournemouth)!
The strength of our team was emphasised when, at the end of a long day of competition, we fielded four teams in the Relays. Our U15B Relay team (Joe, Jack, Patrick and Ethan), came home in 2nd place in a time of 52.6. Each of our other Relay teams finished in 4th place. The U15G (Amelia, Emelye, Boo and Lucy) in 57.1, the U13B (Oli, Noah, Felix and Freddie) in 61.3 and the U13G (Pippa, Frankie, Amanda and Izzy M) in 61.9.
There were many sensational individual performances throughout the day including two show stopping 300m races with Joe Jenner and Jack Broughton storming home to win the A and B races respectively.With times of 40.6 and 40.9 they had the first and second fastest times out of both races combined.
Highlights in the field events were wins for Amelia Watson in the Shot, Issie King in the Long Jump and, with a big PB, Lily Cain-Jones throwing 22.44m to win the U13G Javelin.
There were many wins for our athletes on the track too, and most also competed in three separate events. Our unflappable team manager, Gina, calculates that an incredible three-quarters of the teams performances produced PB's:
U13G - Pippa (800, JT), Frankie (75m, LJ), Lily C-J (JT, SP), Izzy M (1200m SP), Eva (800m) and Amanda (1200m).
U15G - Amelia (100m), Lily G (200m) Boo (200m DT), Lucy B (800m), Emelye (DT, JT) and Emiko (1500m).
U13B - Dan (100m HJ, LJ), Oli (800m JT), Noah (800m JT), Freddie (1500m - 4th in a row!) and Alex (75mH, LJ).
U15 B - Joe (SP new club record), Ethan (100m, 80mH, LJ), Jack (300m), Charlie (80mH, DT), Patrick (JT) and Tommy (100m, SP, DT).
Of particular note amongst these were Lucy Broderick whose 800m in 2.19.9 makes her only the third U15G at RPAC to go under 2.20 (and Lucy has another year to come as an U15), and Eva Marsh who took a full 12 seconds off her previous best 800m time. Felix Vaughan won the U13B's 1500m in a time of 4.42.0 which was only a fraction of a second off a PB, and also the eighth fastest time run this year for the distance in his age group.
As ever, we are indebted to our seemingly ever present UKA qualified officials Ivan and Ian, and thanks go also to the parents who provided assistance to the officials.
The final YDL match of the summer is at Woking on Saturday 16th July.
Pictures from Horsham: