Junior Section News
The annual U13 Southern Inter-Counties Track and Field Championships took place at Kingston on Saturday. With 13 counties taking part (!) Surrey as ever fielded strong teams with the girls taking 2nd place behind Kent and the boys 3rd behind Essex and Hertfordshire.
Three young RPAC athletes were in the Surrey Squad and ran for the county in the non scoring 800m. The girls was split into two 800m races and Shakila Keable (just returned from two weeks in Spain), won her race in 2.30.69 with Lilah Unwin then winning the second race with a big PB time of 2.30.98! Both girls times would have been good enough for 1st place in the B string race and beat a few in the A string for good measure!
Samuel Stapley ran a strong race and took 3rd place in the boys in a field of 12 with a time of 2.25.66.
Congratulations to all three on their first Track and Field competition for Surrey.
The Eight Counties U17 Inter Counties Championships took place on Sunday at Chelmsford, Essex. Two RPAC athletes were chosen to represent Surrey competing against the best from Hampshire, Sussex, Kent, Middlesex, Buckinghamshire, Herfordshire and Essex.
Lily Cain-Jones threw 33.6m in the Javelin to secure sixth place in a very competitive field. Drew Burridge ran a new PB of over 9/10ths of a second to secure 5th place in the 400m in a time of 52.11s. Both Drew and Lily were promoted to the first string in their events due to some absent athletes. Notably, several Surrey sprinters were invited to compete in relay events at the Anniversary Games. This meant Lily and Drew were called upon to fill gaps in relay squads at the end of the meeting, 4x300 and 4x100 respectively, to secure those all important team points! Well done both!
It was a great team effort at the latest YDL match held in Battersea on Saturday. So many RPAC athletes with personal best performances!
In the U13 girls there were 1st place finishes - ALL of which were with a PB! - for Charlotte Pelekani A race 70mH, Phoebe Bakker B race 70mH, Lilah Unwin A race 800m, Shakila Keable A race 1200m and Alessia Turner B race 1200m. For Shakila, posting a sub 4 min 1200m lifted her into illustrious company as only the third RPAC girl to achieve this. For Alessia there was also a big PB in taking 2nd place in the long jump where she jumped 4.06m. Lily Woodhams and Imogen Wheeler both PB'd in their 150m races. Several competed in two or three different events helping boost the team score. At the end of a long hot day of athletics, Alessia Turner, Sophia Bryant, Tiggy Boyce and Imogen Wheeler ran a fast 4 x 100m U13G's relay securing a 2nd place finish. For some, this was their fourth event.
The U13 boys were also clocking up personal best performances. Justin Collins had 3 - 100m, 200m and in the high jump with an excellent 1m. 30 clearance. Harry Peters picked up PB's in the 75mH and 200m, Sunny Boyce in the Shot and the Javelin. Max Orchard in his first YDL appearance had a long jump PB and ran a good first ever 800m to take 3rd place in the A race. In the 1500m there was a big PB in taking 2nd place in the A race for Sammy Rolaston.
More happy faces amongst the U15 girls where they all achieved best ever performances! Caitlin Holloway had three, 300m, Shot and Discus. Eva Marsh has had a great season and improved both her 1500m and long jump bests while others to double up were Iris McAuliffe with PB'S in her 100m race and in the Shot, Francesca Manrow who PB'D in the 200 and the 300m races, and Zara Watkinson in the 800m and Javelin! In the U15G'S 800m Imogen Gregory took a full 18 seconds off her PB!
Another who has been improving his times all summer is U15B Oscar Curry. Oscar won the A race 800m with yet another PB finishing in a speedy 2.12.80.
The fourth and final Lower Age group YDL match is scheduled for Saturday 20th July. This was to be held at the Wimbledon Park Stadium but now seems likely to be switched to the home track of Herne Hill Harriers in Tooting. Confirmation in due course.
Four RPAC parent volunteers help Long Jump Official Ivan (back turned):
Some more Pics from Battersea
Onwards and upwards for Dan!
The Reigate Priory athletes who attended the third Youth Develoment League match at sunny Erith on Sunday enjoyed great success. Most notably, Dan Statham improved on his high jump personal best with a leap of 1.78m. He was second in his u17 age group, narrowly missing victory on countback.
Under 17s Lily Cain-Jones and Drew Burridge both won their events in the Javelin and 400 metres, respectively. Drew was well in the lead in the 200 metres when one of the "laces" failed on his running spikes as he was coming off the bend, forcing him to pull up. A cautionary tale for those athletes with, or considering purchasing, the Puma evoSpeed Disc spikes.
Due to the poor turnout of athletes, we finished 7th from the eight clubs in this match. We were also penalised for not providing sufficient helpers with Ashley Burridge, timekeeping, our only licensed official. Please could all parents of upper age-group junior athletes re-double their encouragement to get a better attendance for our next match at Mile End on Sunday, 28th June - email to follow later this month. The Youth Development League is just that, an opportunity to develop in a competitive environment, rather than Championship-only competition.
Qualifying as an athletics official is a pleasurable and relatively simple process. As a small club we have some very experienced officials across all the disciplines (track, field, timekeeping, photofinish and starting) but just not enough weight of numbers. If you would like to find out more, please visit the England Athletics website: https://www.englandathletics.org/officiating/
A small contingent of RPAC boys turned out for the Ebbisham Boys League match at Ewell on Sunday and produced some excellent results.
In the U15 800m Oscar Curry won the A string with another fast time to keep his good run of form going this season. Gusie Lewis, fresh from setting a new PB in the 800M at the Brighton Open Meeting last Wednesday, ran a second consecutive 800M PB finishing 2nd in the B string with a time of 2.26.6. Joe Walker completed a strong line up with a good run in the non scoring U15 800m.
Oscar doubled up in the hunt for points with a PB in his 2nd place finish in the 300m while Gusie Lewis also doubled up with a 300m and was rewarded with yet another PB! A good few days for Gusie!
Barton Carter won the A string U15 long jump with 5m.02 and Rudi Haylock had another good match winning the B string U15 long jump with a PB 4m.77. Rudi also equalled his PB finishing 2nd in the high jump with 1m.55 and ran a fast 13.3 in the 100m. Gusie Lewis was our third U15 long jumper also jumping well.
Noah Young ran well as a non scoring U17 in the 1500m posting 5.05.6.
In the U13's Justin Collins picked up another PB in winning the high jump with 1m.25. He also performed well in the long jump and in his first 200m.
There were excellent performances from our U11'S with the highlights Michael Macguire clearing 3m.96 in winning the long jump, and a fast 600m by Aiden Kelley posting 2.04.4. Michael also ran a good 75m race while Aiden was one of the fastest in the 150m and jumped well too. George Turner had good results in both his events, the 600m and the long jump, and Etham Else ran well in his 150m and 600m races.
The next Ebbisham Boys League match is at Coulsdon on Sunday 14th July.