With the temperature still around 30° in the early evening at the Crawley AC Open Meeting on Wednesday, there were a string of PB performances by RPAC youngsters.
Our U17 men had a good night with Joe Jenner picking up a PB in the 100m, Patrick Florida-James a PB in the 1500m and whilst not a PB, there was a good display of high jumping from Owen Knowles who cleared 1.60.
With eight from the club entering the graded 1500m races, four picked up Personal Best times. As well as Patrick, there was a big PB by Pippa Roessler who broke through the 4.50 barrier emphatically to record 4.47.1. Gusie Lewis and Eva Marsh also ran their fastest 1500m's to date. A mention for Matthew Pickering too who led from the start in his race to finish first, albeit just outside the time he ran three days earlier at Battersea.
Our 1500m runners swelter before their races:
In the U13B'S there were two PB'S for Lucas Church-Wood, one in the 100m and one in the long-jump and Dan Statham also doubled up with PB'S in the U15B's long jump and high jump. Harry Peters ran a fast 150m in the U11'S to register our tenth PB of the night.
Another strong showing from our dedicated UK Athletics Officials as well and we are grateful to Donna, Naomi, Ivan and Ian for giving up another evening to make the event possible.
The third of this seasons U15 and U13 YDL fixtures saw us return to Battersea on a hot, hot Sunday. Another fifth place finish to match our result in the last match at Hillingdon.
Needless to say Barton Carter features heavily again! Barton took 1st place in each of his three events winning the U13B's 100m, 200m and long jump with a new PB in the 100 and equalling his PB in the long jump. Another U13 with a great run of results in this year's YDL is Eva Peters. Competing in the 75m, 150m and long jump, Eva had three 3rd place finishes, each one a new PB!
Staying with the U13G'S, there was another 1st place for Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m with Zara Watkinson taking 3rd place in the B string. Francesca Manrow had two PB's, in the 75m and the long jump. Eva Marsh was 3rd in the 800m and Francesca took 3rd place in the B string of the 800.
Along with Barton in the U13B'S there were impressive results from Freddie Fowler, 2nd in the 1500m and Matthew Pickering 3rd with a PB. That meant Matthew won the B string as the A's and B's ran together. Oscar Curry finished 3rd in the 800m. George Evered picked up a PB in the Shot finishing 3rd.
Highlights amongst our U15 contingent were 1st place in the Javelin for Lily Cain-Jones with another big throw. 25.56m! Joely Watkinson won the B string with a PB throw of 14.19m. Joely also competed in her first 1500m finishing a very creditable 4th. In the 800m Frankie Evered cruised serenely round to win by a big margin in a fast time and Amanda Stapley ran a strong race to win the B string. Frankie also PB'd in the Shot. For the boys there were good results in the discus with Charlie Jenner 3rd, throwing a big PB, and in the B string, Tomos Knowles 2nd.
Four first timers put in excellent performances too. Sam Froggatt was 2nd in the U13B'S 200m B string, whilst Thomas Dickman competed in the high jump where he cleared 1m 20 and in the 100m. Mia Gill jumped 3.82 in the U15G'S long jump, and in the U13G's Anya Gill ran well in the 75m and in the 4 x100m relay.
Amongst many parents who wilted in the heat assisting the officials, a special mention for Simon Evered who seemed to be officiating at every event throughout the day! Maybe he's a triplet?
Competing at Crystal Palace in the SEAA Southern Track and Field Championships on Sunday, Pippa Roessler had a great run in the U15 3000m finishing in 2nd place.
Having competed the day before in the Surrey Schools T&F Championships at 1500m, this was a doubly impressive effort by Pippa!
Pippa on the Podium with her Southern 3000m Silver Medal:
Lily, Katie and Lucy at Basingstoke for Surrey Schools.
On the strength of their achievements at last week's Surrey Schools Track and Field Championships, three young athletes from RPAC represented Surrey Schools at the South East Schools Inter-Counties match in Basingstoke on Saturday.
Katie Mackison, true to form, won the Javelin competition with a throw of 35.83m.
In the 800m, competing against the current UK number 2, Lucy Broderick ran a big PB to finish 2nd in a time of 2.17.5. This time means Lucy is now the second highest ranked Surrey U15G 800m runner. (In this race, she finished ahead of the current Surrey No1).
For Lily Grant there was a fourth place finish in the 75mH with a time of 12.35. Just outside her PB. Lily also competed in the Shot which gave her a good workout ahead of next weekend's South East Schools Combined Events Championships when she will again be representing Surrey Schools.
A day of high quality athletics saw another clutch of medals won by RPAC athletes.
Having qualified for the Championships by competing for their schools in the district trials, the competition was fierce with the ultimate aim being selection to the Surrey team for the English Schools Track and Field Championships in July.
There were GOLD medals for Lucy Broderick in the 800m, Katie Mackison in the Javelin and Anousha Wardley in the High Jump. Lily Grant won her heat in the 80mH going on to take the BRONZE medal in the final.
In the 1500m finals, there were 4th place finishes for Felix Vaughan and Pippa Roessler. Both are in the younger year of their age group so will have high hopes of medals next year.
Others to reach the final of their events were Abi Horsfall 200m, Maddy Pullen 300m, Amelia Watson 80mH and Abbie Owen in the 800m.
The top two in each event have won selection to the Surrey team for a South East Inter-Counties T&F match in Basingstoke, Hampshire this Saturday.
Katie, Lucy, Lily and Anousha at their medal ceremonies: