Written by DB
Camilla Thrush(WVSP),Dominique Blaize(U20WLJ/HJ/SP),John Ratcliff(MV50LJ/HJ) and Josh Diffley(U17MTJ) have already exceeded existing Outdoor Records during the Indoor Season.These,of course,do not count for the full Outdoor Records BUT,what odds am I offered for who is a) first or b) most likely to get onto the Recordbreakers List for 2005? Our Open Meeting on the 20th of this month - see this menu for details - is probably the first opportunity though there is no TJ so Josh is at a disadvantage. But could it be someone else entirely!
Stop Press! …and the winner was…………Camilla Thrush,closely followed by Matthew Field,and CT again!
Full results on Results and Club Records Menus.
Next record to go was the Open Women's Marathon with Catherine Sweeney-Reed clocking 3.36.51 in Rotterdam on April 10th.
Exactly one week later,Michael Huntley set an inaugural U20 Mens Marathon standard of 3h.34.38 in the London,while Sarah Harris tied the U20 Womens 200 mark with her 26.42 at Walton.
Dominique Blaize(LJ 5.58) & Sarah Harris(200 26.1) duly erased the current U20 marks at Eton on Apr 30 and will no doubt do so again
Josh Diffley confirmed his indoor pb by breaking Paul Gambriel's U17 Triple Jump mark with 12.79 for a fine 3rd Astring on his debut in the BAL at Abingdon on May 7th
The next day came probably the most unexpected breakthrough with Sri Lankan-born newcomer,Hasanka Fonseka,taking half a second off the existing U15 Boys 400 standard with a fine 55.5 at Perivale.
The Surrey Champs saw Dominique Blaize snatch the bronze medal in the U20W 200 in 25.78,taking Sarah Harris's recent mark and beating her out of the medals,too. However,Sarah had the last laugh the next day;having looked likely to eliminate the current U20W 400 record of 59.9 at some stage in the season,she proceeded to slaughter it with a nifty 58.52 for a silver medal - this is inside the Entry Standard for English Schools,a prime target this summer.
At the Rosenheim at Walton on 25 May,Camilla Thrush(VetW JT 27.66) & Dominique Blaize(U20W SP 10.49) raised levels and just showed the value of relaxed non-pressure competition such as this league provides.
At the Surrey Vets Champs(May 28),Camilla Thrush took the WV DT record to 33.69 and now has,as expected,acquired all 4 Club Throws Records in this group.
At the SoEAA U15 Champs at Portsmouth on May 29,Harriet Lester shook off a disappointing spell at 75 Hurdles by clocking a Club Record-equalling 11.71 in winning her heat & was 6th in the Final(11.84).
Next!! Dominique Blaize equalled Liz Patrick's U20W 100 Hurdles mark at Haringey on June 6th at 15.2 ; John Ratcliff took the M50 TJ to 9.83 & the Womens Vets 4 x 400 squad of Nicky Atkins,Nicki Murphy,Jane Searle & Rachel Disley ran 4.51.5 to lower that mark by 8 secs at Ewell Court on June 6th ; two days later,again at Ewell Court, Camilla Thrush added 4cms to her Open&Vets Hammer standards(36.82).
Raft of Records! Five Under 20 Womens marks were surpassed on June 11/12 - Sarah Harris 58.1 400 and 4 to Dominique Blaize 100H 14.73/SP 11.27/200 25.24/Heptathlon 4823 pts plus one missed from May 11th - 5.80 LJ. The heptathlon & 200 were,more significantly perhaps,also Open Womens marks,too. The 200 erased Celia Biggs' 40 year old standard,the oldest Open record. In addition,Matthew Field broke through to 13.8 from 14.32 over 100 Hurdles U17M.
The following week Harriet Lester made the U15G 75H solely her own by running 11.6 at Sutton in the Inter-County Schools match,with fellow hurdles exponent,Matt Field,whipping another 0.3 off his U17 standard(13.5).Then Alison Jones(W45) took Nicky Atkins' WVets 5000 time down to 21.04.3 at the SVL at Kingston on the 20th and,just last night the 22nd(as I type!),Rachel Burbridge lowered her own 2k Steeplechase mark below 8 mins to 7.55.1 at Eton in the Rosenheim fixture & Sarah Harris equalled the U20W 100 mark at 12.7.
One pending mark remains unconfirmed = for Camilla Thrush at Discus at the SCVAC Champs - no results received despite paying my 50p! However, the new 4 x 100 Relay for U15G of 52.3(Mlles Mackay,Iheke,Jones,Lester)is now confirmed.
At Tooting on July 2,Pat Logan,fast approaching the Vet45 group,equalled his own 11.7 Vets 100 standard,which is some going.
At Bedford in the AAA U20 Champs.,Dominique Blaize equalled the U20 HJ mark at 1.70,joining Anne Markham & Alanna Dearden,though she has an indoor 1.76 to her credit this year.
Further improvements to U20W marks came at the English Schools from Sarah Harris(400 57.88) & Dominique Blaize(LJ 5.90).
Camilla Thrush's Vets DT record on June 12th now confirmed at 34.68.
Patrick Logan maintained his assault on his own Vets 100 record,twice improving at the BMAF at Birmignham on July 15th with 11.68ht & 11.60(legal +2.00w) in the Final.
The U20 Heptathlon International at Stoke gave Dominique Blaize the chance to shine again and she duly broke 6 club records in the the 2 days(July 30/31) - Open Women & U20 Heptathlons and 200m(5024pts/25.22) and U20 100 Hdls & HJ(14.50/1.75). Phew!
Into August,at the home SWL match on 20th,Camilla Thrush again raised her Open Womens/Vets Womens Hammer,this time to 37.30 and added another notch to her Womens Vets Javelin with 30.69. Then,over at the World Vets Champs in San Sebastian,on the 25th/26th,Pat Logan crowned a fine season with two further improvements on his Mens Vets 100 - 11.56 in his heat and a superlative 11.43 to grab a bronze in the M45 Final.
This was followed up by Pat with 23.74 twice over 200(ht & sf),lowering his previous Vets record of 23.8,these both on 28th,whilst Harriet Lester,back in form,clocked 11.56ht in Abingdon to take 4/100ths of her own 75H standard on the same day.
Still on the hurdles,Phoebe Haynes excelled by claiming the U13 Girls 70m record from Harriet Lester with an 11.88 clocking at the Woking YA Meeting on September 4th.
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