The last of this seasons Lower Age Group YDL matches took place on Saturday at the Linford Christie Stadium in Wormwood Scrubs.
With most taking part in two or three events, there were a number of new PB's and highly placed finishes from the RPAC athletes.
For Joely Watkinson there was an excellent throw of 21m31 in the U15 Javelin. A new PB and 1st place on the day. Joely also ran a good 1500m finishing 3rd. Francesca Manrow continued a great run of PB'S this season by improving her 150m time and her clearance in the high jump. Eva Peters had another Long Jump PB with 4m11.
Barton Carter returning to action after a lengthy break finished 2nd in the U15 Long Jump, Zara Watkinson had a 3rd place finish in the U13 1200m and Joel Manrow was 3rd in the U15 800m.
Thanks go to Anita Evered for putting together the team entry and to David Manrow for overseeing the team on the day.
Pictures from the Linford Christie Stadium:
Hot again at the latest Lily B League match, this time at a parched Kingston.
Amongst numerous good performaces there were several PB'S obtained including two for Francesca Manrow who threw 17.41 in the discus and cleared 1.25 in the high jump. Lucy Dénecé threw a huge PB in the Javelin with 21.58. A distance that sees her ranked 4th in Surrey for U13G'S Javelin. Lucy also ran a fast 1500m winning her race in 5.15.4.
There was a Shot PB for Katie Mackison with Katie edging ever closer to the 10m mark throwing 9.91. Katie also threw 38.65 in winning the U17W'S Javelin competition. Iris McCauliffe had a PB in the Shot too.
Lily Woodhams had a PB in the 100m and competed well in the Long Jump and 800m. Eva Peters equalled her PB in the 100m, did well in the Long Jump with 3.97, and threw a respectable 11.19 in her first attempt at the Javelin. In the U13G'S 800m there was another strong performance from Shakila Keable, finishing in 2nd place with a time of 2.38.2.
Our U11 competitors, Eve Goulding and Amelie Lawrence both ran well in the 75m and 150m sprints. Eve picked up new PB'S in both!
Lucy throwing 21m:
Shakila and Francesca in the 800m:
Iris in the Shot:
Eve and Amelie in the U11 sprints:
Lucy after her 1500m:
Francesca in the 800m:
Lucy and Eva:
Following the qualifying heats in June, two RPAC teams made it to the South Surrey Quad Kids Final held at Guildford on Wednesday 4 July. The format was 8 teams of ten athletes, 5 boys and 5 girls, with each athlete doing a 75m sprint, a 600m, a standing long jump and a Howler throw.
After they had won their heat we had hopes of the A team winning a medal for the first time, but we were up against strong competition from Guildford, Epsom and Camberley, all of whom had been in the other qualifying heat.
Our athletes excelled themselves. Travis Bateman was second fastest overall in the sprint and had the second best long jump. This placed him third overall in the boys event. Max Orchard was sixth overall, which is a tremendous achievement for a year 4 athlete up against year 5 and 6's. Sam Stapley had the second fastest 600m overall and achieved a gold standard score as did Harry Peters. Kai Adams also scored very strongly.
Amongst the girls Alessia Turner and Shakila Keable performed hugely impressively, scoring highly in all events and finishing third and fifth overall respectively. Holly Elliott and Lily Woodhams also competed very strongly, achieving gold standards and ensuring that in aggregate the team amassed an impressive score.
At the final analysis we learnt that we had won the silver medal, beaten only by the hosts Guildford Young Athletes Club.
There was also a number of impressive performances from our second team. Sam Rolaston achieved a PB in the 600m and had the third fastest time overall on the night. Pollyanne Stott scored strongly across all events, achieving a gold standard and Charlotte Pelekani and Daisy O'Brien only just missed out on this, achieving a silver standard score. Joel Lawrence and Ollie Burnett scored well and excelled particularly in the 600m with impressive times, likewise Justin Collins who had a particularly impressive score in the long jump.
We also had a number of younger athletes, Will Shortall, Amelie Lawrence and Henry Stockley, who scored well and will be eligible to compete again next year.
Competing in the Inter Girls Javelin Final at the prestigious English Schools Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, (held over two days, Friday and Saturday 13th/14th July), Katie Mackison finished in 5th place with a throw of 39.65m!
Katie was selected to represent Surrey based on her Gold medal winning performances at both the Surrey Championships and the Surrey Schools Championships earlier this summer. In both competitions she achieved the qualifying distance which is a prerequisite for competing at the English Schools National Championships.
Many congratulations to Katie!
Katie at the Alexander International Stadium in Birmingham after her Final:
Sunday saw the latest match in the Lower Age Group Youth Development League, taking place on this occasion at Eltham.
For U15 Alex Collins there was a continuation of his run of PB's with 4.18 in the long jump and a time of 27.96 in the 200m. Alex was close to his best in the 100m too. Dan Stapley cleared an impressive 1m.60 in the U15 high jump. Lily Cain-Jones was second in the Javelin with a big throw of 24m.25.
Frankie Evered picked up a PB in the U15 Shot having already raced well in both the 800m and 300m. George Evered competed in the U13's with fast racing in both the 100 and 200m's, and George picked up points for the Shot too.
There were new PB'S amongst the U13's for Ben Wright and Shakila Keable in the 800m, Lucy Dénecé in the 1200m, Zack Lovegrove in the 200m and Lily Woodhams in the long jump. Shakila's time for the 800m, 2.35.94, is particularly quick for a still 10 year old, and Lucy's 1200m time of 4.03.01 is the third quickest in the club's records. Matthew Pickering won the 1500m by a comfortable margin.
Several athletes competed in three events each including Eva Peters who had a good day with third place finishes in each of the 75m, 150m and long jump. Lily Woodhams ran in the 75m and 800m as well as doing the long jump, and Ben Wright added the 100m and the long jump to his 800m.
Anita Evered was organised and calm as ever in her role as team manager and as always at the YDL meetings Simon Evered was helping officiate events throughout the day. A mention too for Ivan Barrett who was one of the UKA officials running the match.
Pictures from the YDL - starting with George, Zack and Ben:
Shakila on her way to another 800m PB:
Lily and Eva in the Long Jump: