Junior Section News
The annual August bank holiday open meeting at K2 attracted a good number of RPAC junior athletes as well as some strong competition. In very hot conditions, there were some excellent performances, and a pleasing number of RPAC medal winners.
In the U11 Girls 75m, Eve Goulding finished in second/silver medal place in 11.70 secs, 0.01 seconds behind the winner. She also was placed 3rd in the 150m with a time of 24 secs.
Max Orchard won gold in the U11 Boys 600m, finishing in time of 1m 50.1 secs, over 2 seconds ahead of the second place finisher. This is a new PB for Max in this event. Max also achieved 3rd place in the 75m in a time of 11.01 secs. In the same event Michael Maguire was 4th.
In the U13 Boys 75m hurdles Harry Peters won the silver medal in 16.49 secs, which is a new PB, and also ran in the 100m.
In the U15 Boys 800m, Oscar Curry recorded a time of 2m 16.84 to secure third place.
Eva Peters competed in the U15 Girls 100m, 200m and long jump and performed just below her PBs in these events.
Drew Burridge had a very busy afternoon, winning 2 gold and one silver U17 boys medals. Following a ‘warm-up’ 400m hurdles, won in a new club record of 74.47 seconds, he finished second in the 200m in 23.93s and won the 400m in 52.68 secs. In the same race, James Naylor finished 2nd in the U20m Men’s 400m in a new PB of 54.85 secs, knocking over 0.5 seconds off his old PB. This time is also a new club record for this event in James’s age group
In high jump. Dan Statham won the U17 Boys bronze medal on countback with 1m 75cm, just below his PB, while Rudi Haylock won the bronze medal in the U15 boys with a new PB of 1m 65cam. Rudi also competed in the 100m and long jump.
RPAC officials at the meeting were Ivan Barrett, Naomi Jones and Ashley Burridge. Although not the most senior timekeeper, having only recently qualified at level 2, Ashley took on the position of Chief timekeeper, and had the honour of signing off on a new UK national record for the Male 55 age group 300m. Naomi was acting as starter, and as this was her 4th qualifying event following her successful completion of her course, she will now be eligible for level 1 starters licence. Thank you to our volunteer officials.
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.
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/
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