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Kent young athletes league May 12th 2013


Whilst we were the host club today…we put out the smallest team of any off the clubs attending I’m embarrassed to say!


However on the bright side the 13 athletes who did feel an event on the door step might be good enjoyed a marvellous and well supported day by what must have been close to 600 spectators!!!


In the sprints three sprinters from Carlo’s, group in the shape of new athletes Tom Hill, Suubi Ndawula and Alisha Keeling. Suubi showing fine form and coming home a very strong 2nd in 29.6 and very quick on her feet Alisha storming in 11.3 for the 75m.


Tom Hill u13 100m finished a fab 3rd in 14.5 and again showed his pace in the 200m 30.2. Carlo seems to have found a real quick group of junior sprinters I look forward to watching these young athletes get better and better!


Also attached to Carlo’s sprint group is our getting famous Holly Fielder, who amongst her other events and also her performance the previous day competed in the u15 200m with a fine time of 27.1 and a 1st position achieved us maximum points…. in fact all her events were  PB’s with 4.58

Long jump and 13.3 sec in the 75m hurdles, so much for NO competition in the league then!!!


Also multi eventing were Corrine Wake Smith, Emily Higham and Fleur Wear.


Corinne, who had on the previous day multi evented for us, today did long jump and high jump matching her previous day’s 1.30m high jump and just shy of 5m in the long jump. Corinne is a talented multi event athlete with great attitude and I believe will follow in her brothers steps and go from strength to strength WATCH THIS SPACE!!!


Another young lady with great attitude and a winning smile is Emily Higham. Starting to compete on a more regular basis Emily PB’d in high jump, shot and I believe I’m right in saying the hurdles. A fine 1.38m second in the high jump 6.53m in the shot and circa 15 sec in the hurdles, well done Emily I believe this season will show you getting stronger and stronger.


Fleur Wear is quite a new athlete finding her way onto the scene still learning the discuss she has thrown both days for us and gained valuable points for the teams. She also ran the relay. (See later in the report)


Back on the track Esther Laffey and Laura Parish lined up for the u13 1200m both girls fought for good positions with Esther finishing fast in 4.19 and Laura 4.26, early days Esther showing good promise I thought.


An interesting race next, three u13 boys Joe Laffey, Douglas Noel and Oliver Weston.


As the gun went it was clear that our trio would with one Tonbridge athlete, dominate the race! The lead swapping over at least four times over the 3 and three quarter laps… Joe Laffey broke free with 250m to go in a fine and determined break he was not to be caught and this diminutive figure led the race home in 5.12, which I believe to be his best time at this event, great running Joe!!!


Second home Douglas Noel, 2 seconds later and a swift and ever improving Oliver Weston again in a new PB of 5.20, good running boys later they try a 4x100m relay!!!


Once again our u15 girls were present in the form of Emily Bond and Jessica Carley these girls do us proud and turn out to race for us rain or shine. Emily took this race by the scruff of the neck right from the gun leading from start to finish, her official time of 4.51 was slightly quicker than Peter had on his watch, but it moves her back towards the top of the rankings and bodes well for the Kent champs in two weeks.


If Jess Carley didn’t have bad luck she would have no luck at all! Peter and I watch her train like a champion every week only to see her suffer in her races, she is like a goal scorer who hasn’t scored any goals lately lacking in confidence but fighting hard for her 4.23 her time will come Jesse if you read this we all believe in you it will come!!!


Well the athletes that attended really got into the spirit the big crowd good performances and great weather persuaded them to come together in the relays, the boys in the 4x100m and the girls in the 4x300m.


The boys went first led out by Douglas, who past to Joe then a hand over to Oliver (who ran the wots it’s out of the bend)… to hand over in first place to a really very quick Tom Hill and first place was secured, well done boys!!!


The girls race with first up Emily Bond, handed over to a not sure but very determined Fleur followed by equally determined Jesse and lastly a flying Holly a fine fourth and a team who I believe could win this event!!!


I would like to take this opportunity to thank Michael Gallyer-Barnet for all his hard work in getting this team together, I know it’s not easy and Mike is a really big calming influence in this club so thanks Michael.


Making this a very good fund raising opportunity today was Gilien Davidson who was all organised by day break (of course) Jennifer Weston who had worked on the tuck shop all day the previous day too and her husband David and daughter Rebecca who clearly ought to be working with her dad at the rate she can sell!!!


With their help we took nearly £900.00 on the day BBQ and tuck shop so a massive thank you for your contribution.


And a quick mention to Mrs Hill and Mrs Higham and Suzi Bond for their help also.


Special correspondent


Ralph Noel