Summer arrived early at Battersea Park on Saturday and a good turnout by the RPAC U13/U15 boys and girls saw them involved in an exciting afternoon of competitive athletics.
While several were competing in events for the first time, there were plenty taking advantage of the perfect conditions to record some impressive personal best performances.
Joely Watkinson had a good day! Running with great maturity in the U15 1500m Joely came through the field to take the lead on the bell. Holding off a determined attack on the home straight, Joely stayed strong to win in a time of 5.23.39. A massive PB. She went on to take third place in the Javelin with another big PB throwing 19.72m.
Noah Young also PB'd in his U15 1500m race to finish in fourth place and had a PB in the long jump. In the U13 1500m Matthew Pickering led for most of the way in a race that saw 1st and 2nd finish well clear of the rest. Pipped over the final 100m, Matthew still claimed his second 1500 PB of the month and his time of 4.49.70 is top ten in the UK at the time of writing. The U13 girls race 1200m in this league and there were good performances from Lucy Dénecé who finished 2nd in the A Stream and Zara Watkinson who was 2nd in the B Stream. Both went on to record good throws in the Javelin.
The 800m races saw our U15G's Frankie Evered and Eva Marsh take 1st and 2nd thereby winning both the A and B streams and for Eva it was a new PB. Frankie went on to record a fast 45.23 in the 300m taking second place with a PB and also PB'd in the shot for good measure! In the U13 800's Francesca Manrow and Alessia Turner were third and fourth with Alessia improving her PB by five seconds. Joel Manrow PB'd in the U15 800 finishing fifth in the A stream with Oscar Curry second in the B stream. Gus Lewis ran well and took second in the U13 800 then PB'd in the Shot, and in his first race, Harry Taylor came home fourth in the B stream 800.
Caitlin Holloway was another to have a good day with PB's in both the long jump and shot. Caitlin also ran a good 150m race. George Evered doubled up in the U13 sprints with two good races including a PB for the 200m and he had a new PB in the Shot. In the U15 sprints Barton Carter also doubled up with two good efforts and came 2nd in the long jump.
Lily Cain-Jones was 2nd in the U15 Javelin recording a throw of 24m.98.
Numerous athletes took part in two or three events like Iris McAuliffe who competed well in the 100m, high jump and shot. Like Iris, others too were first timers at their event including Sam Froggatt in the U15 100m, and Joe Walker U15 800m and they all put in good performances.
As ever we are indebted to Anita Evered for managing the team so brilliantly and to Simon Evered for his officiating and to the parents who helped him.