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Surrey Athletics Network U13/U11 Open, Woking 19 July

Surrey Athletics Network U13/U11 Open, Woking 19 July

It was a successful night for Gusie Lewis, Lucy Dénecé and Eva Peters at the SAN Open Meeting held in Woking on Wednesday. Competing in the Year Six events, Gusie won Gold in the 800m, Lucy won Gold in the 1500m and Eva picked up the Silver Medal with a PB in the long-jump.

All three have had a good summer of athletics with each recording several excellent results through the season.

Southern Athletics League, Lewes, 9th July

Southern Athletics League, Lewes, 9th July

Holidays and other commitments meant that only two RPAC athletes competed at the Southern Athletics League match at Lewes last Sunday, joining with colleagues from Holland Sports and Dorking & Mole Valley. However, Jo Davey and Rachel Woodman each competed in 4 individual events, contributing 29 points between them to the team total of 191.

Jo dropped down in distance from her usual 1500m, finishing first in all of the 400m (66.9), 800m (2:27.2) and 400m hurdles (77.7). She also competed in the hammer, scoring more valuable points for the team. Rachel, in her first competition in 6 years, was 1st B string in the long jump (4.80m, just 3 cm off her PB), triple jump (9.17) and 100m hurdles, plus competed in the high jump. Rachel also ran a leg in each of the two relays.

Overall the team were 2nd, just 29 points behind the joint team from Lewes & Haywards Heath. After the first 4 matches the team is lying in 9th place out of the 16 in the division.

The 5th and final match for 2017 is on Saturday 19th August at Hastings.

 

Surrey selection for Barton in Derek Crookes Inter-Counties Match

Surrey selection for Barton in Derek Crookes Inter-Counties Match

 

Congratulations to Barton Carter who has been selected for Surrey to compete in the Long-Jump in the Derek Crookes Inter-Counties match at Kingston on Saturday 29th July.

Barton has shown great improvement this year taking his personal best in the long-jump from 4m 03 to 4m 86.

 

Ebbisham Boys League, Woodcote School Coulsdon 9 July

Ebbisham Boys League, Woodcote School Coulsdon 9 July

The league matches keep on coming! This time it was the boys' turn with the third and final Ebbisham League match of the season held at Woodcote School in Coulsdon on Sunday.

Some powerful performances from the sprinters led the way with PB'S across the board in 100, 200 and 400m.

In the U17's, Tyrese Greenway doubled up with 11.3 in the 100m and 23.2 in the 200m. Both PB'S and both quick! Tyrese broke his own club record for both events. James Naylor also had a PB in the 200m and Joe Jenner in the 400m. Joe also recorded 11.07 for a PB in the Triple Jump, also a new club record.

It was business as usual in the U13 sprints for Barton Carter. With PB 's in both the 100 and 200m, Barton just missed out in the long jump. Barton is having an exceptional summer of athletics. His time of 27.3 in the 200m equals the club record for U13B!

There was a Javelin PB for Charlie Jenner in the U15's.

In the middle distance races, year sixs Matthew Pickering and Gusie Lewis also picked up PB'S. For Matthew it was a first sub 5 minute 1500m with a time of 4.57.7 whilst Gusie recorded 2.31.8 in the 800m.

Standing out in the U11 competition was Sam Rolaston. Sam ran a quick 600m in a time of 1.52.5 and recorded 3.66 in the long jump.

Quad Kids Final, Guildford Spectrum, 5th July 2017

Quad Kids Final, Guildford Spectrum, 5th July 2017

Having qualified for the Final by virtue of their performance in the semi final last month, a great team performance by the RPAC young athletes saw them finish in fifth place.

Special congratulations go to Jack Timbrell who was third boy overall, and to Eva Peters and Shakila Keable who were seventh and ninth girl respectively. 

Nearly all our competitors improved their score over the semi finals and out of the twelve who took part, no fewer than eight were awarded the Gold Award which is a great achievement!

As eight of the team are still in year five (or below!), this makes their performance even more impressive. They will have the opportunity to return for next year's competition with every chance of even greater success!

Lily B League, Guildford, 1 July 2017

Lily B League, Guildford, 1 July 2017

The third of this year's Lily B League matches took place in Guildford on Saturday. As usual there were numerous good performances and a number of Personal Best's achieved including amongst the highlights on the day the following:

In the U15's sprints there were PB's for Vicky Wilkes (200m) and Lily Cain-Jones (100m) and Lily also finished in second place in the Javelin. Pippa Roessler took second place in the 1500m and Frankie Evered was third in the 800m.

Amongst the U13's there was a huge throw in the Discus by Francesca Manrow, recording 16.63m!  Francesca also competed in the 200 and 800m's finishing fourth in both races. Eva Marsh ran a PB in the 1500m finishing 3rd in the B string whilst Lucy Dénecé took third place in the A string. There was a big leap of 3.74m by Anya Gill in the long jump.

Several U11'S competed in the non scoring events and in the sprints, Lily Woodhams ran 11.5 in the 75m to finish 4th fastest. Harriet Thynne and Edie Phillips performed well in the 150m and amongst several taking part in the long jump, Katie Foss, Harriet, and Lily Woodhams all recorded jumps of over 3m. Five took part in the 600m where Katie Foss finished 2nd in 1.59.3 and Lily Woodhams 4th in 2.00.7. Both times are exceptional. Carson Morley, Pollyanne Stott and Scarlett Nimako also ran well.

Many thanks go to Gina Watson who performed tirelessly all afternoon as our UKA qualified official and to all those parents who volunteered to assist with the officiating.

Over the bank holiday weekend whilst others took part in the YMCA 5 Mile race in Priory Park and the Ranelagh half, 3 hardy souls from RPAC made the (multi distance trip) down the M23 to East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill to take part in the 2017 Mid Sussex Marathon weekend. 

The event is split over 3 races over consecutive days, two of 10 miles and one of 10km making up the marathon distance.

The weather was kind throughout the weekend and the kick off event was the  the East Grinstead 10 mile on Saturday. Starting from East Grinstead Rugby Club and then heading down a rather pleasant down hill for the first mile (which comes back at you with a vengeance at mile 9), you head along footpaths, over stiles, through woods towards the bank of Weir Wood reservoir, before a long stretch along a wide pathway taking you through the halfway stage. You make the turn and have a nice, but short down hill, before heading slowly upward for the last two miles returning to the rugby club for the finish, and medal one.

Haywards Heath is an altogether different beast of a race, mainly on footpaths and roads the route follows a two lap course starting and finishing at Victoria Park in the town centre. As this race also forms part of the Sussex Grand Prix there were an extra 250 starters which led to a very busy 'race village' before the race. A quick up and back along the high street was followed by a short section around some local roads before heading into an uphill wooded section, looping back on yourself you then head out towards the A272 having a long downhill along the road before heading back into local roads and past many spectators, all cheering and offering much encouragement (and jelly babies), returning to the park before heading out on a repeat loop.

Monday came around and I'm sure with many aching limbs we all convened in Burgess Hill for the final event, a mere 10k! Making full use of the local terrain the course starts at a school and has a short road section before heading to Nightingale Meadows to complete two off-road laps past a water tower at the top of the hill and then back into a valley and before heading up and out the other side in a strange figure of eight, returning for a final lap of the school field before completing your 'marathon'.

Just shy of 200 people completed the full weekend with 700 people taking part in the 3 races. The marshalling was superb and you really can't argue when jaffa cakes and fig rolls are provided at the water stops.

See here for our results.

Adrian Bowden

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