id445-SWL D2 M4 Erith July 15th 2006 Report

Written by DB   

The 159 points accumulated at this 4th fixture brought forth a sigh of relief from Michele Wicks,our TM,and,though it was not a vast total,gave us some breathing space - we do have a small cushion but are still not safe in 18th of the 25,with 6 to go down. The senior squad were again inspired and highly supportive(4,5,& 6 events was the norm,distance runners necessarily apart),but we were again nearly scuppered in the U15s with only four brave souls in action. This is,of course,the subject of much debate within the club and,just as importantly,within the sport. Recent discussions with local neighbours,Walton & Epsom,reveal identical difficulties with transferring the substantial numbers appearing at training - and monopolising valuable coaching & admin. resources - into athletes wanting to actually compete.This was again highlighted in a chat at Erith with Dennis Daly,WSEH's influential and long-standing Gen Sec,who admitted to 150 U15 girls on their books,massed training squads - and only a handful actually in action in their 2 SWL teams that day! They are seriously considering something on the lines of a '3 refusals from a given TM and then you're out' policy!

Held at a substantially-enhanced Erith Stadium,and in fine weather,the fixture was only minisculely marred by a Field Referee suffering from indigestion,most likely incurred by the consumption of a health and safety manual sandwich for lunch - are we,the taxpayers of this realm,really funding the production of all this drivel? Where has common sense,common courtesy & simple personal responsibility gone!

But,to the competition itself! The 'seniors' scored consistently well all afternoon - Mary Iheke - a burgeoning talent if ever there was one -(1A 100/200 13.0/26.5),Roseanne Mackay(1B 100 13.4) & Sarah Harris(1B 200 26.7) cleaned up the sprints; sisters Rachel & Debbie were everywhere,the former setting a season' s best at 800(3A 2.22.4),and the latter picking up 2 B string hurdles wins;vets Alison Jones & Nicky Atkins gamely covered 1500/3000;in the field,Harriet Lester(2A LJ 4.74) & Roseanne Mackay(3A TJ 9.96PB) augmented their 3 hurdles wins in the U17 only events;and Camilla Thrush & your Lady Pres.,Mary Waddington, contested all 4 throws,taking 27pts from the 40 on offer.The relays were good with the sprinters(Harriet,Sarah,Roseanne & Mary) clear winners(51.8) and the 4 x 400,much more accomplished than recently,taking 2nd(Debbie 71.0/Rachel 63.5/Sarah 63.4/Mary 59.1!!).

At U15,the best performance was probably a very spirited 800 from Stephanie Espinosa,who ran positively all through,for what is probably a PB of 2.36.4(2A);Lucy Jones was clearly the best hurdler(1A 12.2) and added a 200 victory(28.2),whilst Maddy Garner,as competitive as anyone,and Rahannah Gillette-Vernon(U13) picked up valuable points wherever they could within the limitations of their 3 allowed individual events.

Scores - Crawley 204/Luton 183/Bexley 172/K&P 159/WSEH 75.

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