Written by FS
TM's report from Uxbridge.
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A mere 26 athletes ventured out on Sunday morning for the short journey to Hillingdon, where we were greeted by heavy rain and the full force of hosts Hillingdon, Isle of Wight and Winchester. The Hampshire clubs, both arriving with full coach loads athletes, are obviously less reluctant to travel than our kids. Once again we were let down by most of our experienced athletes. While this time at least four U17 girls came out, shockingly we were unable to convince a single U17 boy to compete. The U15 turnout was not much better, and three more cancellations due to illness did not help to lift the gloom. However, with the weather improving for the start of the match, our athletes left their disappointment about their absent club mates behind and set out to make the best of the day.
Our highlight of the match was the Pole Vault competition, where Claudia Noakes not only did another massive jump of 2.70m, but also helped beginners Nicole Kendall to 1.90m and Aidan Fahey to 1.80m – maximum points from this event. Other encouraging results came in Long Jump (U15 Boys: Matthew Elmore ‘A’ win with 5.19m, James Khan 2nd ‘B’ with 4.60m; U17 Women: Nicole Butler Aikins 2nd ‘A’ with 4.07m), Javelin (U15 Boys: William van Klaveren win with new PB of 31.44m, Matthew Stevens 2nd ‘B’ with 18.34m, U17 Women: Rahannah Gillette-Vernon ‘A’ win with 26.87m, Eleanor van Klaveren ‘B’ win with 22.63m), High Jump (U17 Women: Emily McIlwain ‘A’ win with 1.45m), Hurdles (U15 Girls: Nicole Kendall 2nd ‘A’ in 14.2s) and Discus (U15 Girls: Claudia Noakes 2nd ‘A’ with 18.03m). Quite a few of our athletes made their debut at the National Young Athletes League or even experienced their first ever athletics competition – and they did remarkably well. U13s Tom Akeroyd and Jamie Walmsley had nice runs over 800m, taking 3rd place in A and B string and encouraging U15 veterans Sam Vassall and Nikolaj Schubert to new PB’s over the same distance. Jamie also teamed up with Nick Osman in the 100m, and jumped to 1.20m in his first High Jump competition. Naz Zarei contested three throwing events in her first ever competition, showing particular potential in Discus (12.35m) and Javelin. Sister Negeen demonstrated her strength in Shot Putt, only narrowly missing 2nd ‘A’ with 5.28m. Eva Clarke marked the transition to the U13 group with a new PB in Long Jump. Matthew Broderick, battling with injury, scored a massive 7 points with High Jump, Shot Putt and his maiden Hammer Throw, while younger brother Eamon was on hot Isaac Henriquez’ heels with a 4.61m Shot. Aidan Fahey, Isaac Henriquez and Jenny Miles improved their 200m PB against strong headwind. Jerene Shaw-Captan once again braved the – much disliked – 800m, while Laura Darcey teamed up with Lauren Edwards for a promising 70m Hurdles race.
Despite all the best efforts, however, the small team could not make up for all the other Club athletes who had stayed at home. In the end, we assembled 149.5 points, nearly 200 points adrift from 3rd place. The result leaves us rock bottom of the League table. We now have two home matches (31 May, 21 June) coming up where we have to make use of the home advantage to fight relegation. We can win both matches, but only with a full turnout.
Thanks to all parents who supported the athletes, and particularly to David Barrington, Maurice Joyce, Franziska Clarke, Bill Elmore and Sharon Henriquez for officiating, and David also for driving the minibus. Special praise to those athletes who came out for both matches so far: Laura Darcey, Lauren Edwards, Matthew Elmore, Aidan Fahey, Rahannah Gillette-Vernon, Isaac Henriquez, Emily McIlwain, Jenny Miles, Claudia Noakes, Nick Osman, Nikolaj Schubert, Jerene Shaw-Captan, and Sam Vassall. For their exemplary performances at the Bournemouth match on 3 May, Lauren Edwards and Matthew Elmore were awarded ‘Club athletes of the match’.
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