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EAL Round 2 – Luton

EAL Round 2 – Luton

by David Killick After the success of round 1 East Anglian League, I was feeling confident of another good day and it didn’t disappoint. Bad new out of the way first, we finished 7th out of 7 for the match but in this match we were up against some of the big league teams and on their own patch it would be expected Luton would have a bigger squad than last time. That’s the end of the bad news because some age groups really delivered some great results.  Below are the highlights as I cant write everything that was great. Although the u11s don’t score its a great way to introduce them to competitive full match of athletics. 5 in the squad including 1 debut.  I did’t see much of the action but I did see the 600m with Thaila Jade Mason storming the last 300m out to win the race in a new club record of 1:58 and the first girl in club history to break the 2min barrier.  Being on a high she then went and claimed the 80m club record as well.  Great results but for me seeing the u11s enjoying themselves is what it’s all about. Squad – JH, Emily Axten Blackwell, Sophie Ford, Sophie Coleman, Thaila Jade Mason u13girls may have a small squad but they put in some serious efforts with a 5th place finish.  Katie Killick may have hated the 800m but she bounced back in the Discus with a PB and almost beyond 13m to win it. Squad – Katie Killick, Sophia Watt, Jessica Stenner, Harriet Butlin, Charlotte Keane u13boys slightly bigger in number on this match finished 4th and saw Oscar Butlin again break his 75m hurdles record.  Finlay Boyd won the Shot Putt by more than a metre and Toby Evans having been told on the day that he was doing discus, came 3rd. Squad – Ash Carter, Finlay Boyd, Toby Evans, Sid Mead, Oscar Butlin, Archie Wright u15girls were the highlight of the day with a big squad finishing 2nd.  Some athletes were not doing their preferred event but covered some other events to gain vital points.  Niquole Carter broke her HJ PB to 1.45, but a notable performance from Imogen Chesterton who smashed her 1500m PB and would not let the girl from Southend beat her (great elbows out technique!) and showed that hard work in training does pay off.  Annie Rose again stepped up her game and threw a discus PB to win alongside her hammer win. quad– Niquole Carter, Imogen Chesterton, Zara Brooks, Isabel Law, Alicia Down, Julia Bell, Amelia Butlin, Annie Rose u15boys is becoming lonely for Daniel Coleman but he just does what he does best and throws things far.  38m for the Javelin takes him to another PB and close to the magic 40.  Great to see Arty Mead compete at Long Jump but we could so do with more u15s boys coming along and competing. Squad – Daniel Coleman, Arty Mead u17girls  squad of 4 managed a good 5th place and only 1 point behind Southend.  Slightly off form for a couple of them as it is mid exam season but Amy Killick squeezed another PB in the 1500m.  It was also nice to see them get the relay baton around with no dramas. Squad – Amy Killick, Jenny Abington, McKenna Keefe, Dana Carter u17boys managed a 6th place with both of them jumping beyond 10m for the first time and the following up with some good long jump work.  Great results and hard work in training paying off Squad – Harry Bell, Max Rose Senior Women, with a must do attitude, Alex Killick decided to do 100m as long as I didn’t tell anyone so when she flew down the 100m straight in front of everyone there was probably the biggest cheer of the day before returning back to her throwing.  Llinos Coleman again put on the club colours and gave a solid performance Squad – Alex Killick, Llinos Coleman Senior Men managed 5th with what must be the biggest squad in ages and had all but 5 scoring places covered.  A welcome return on the track for us by Ben Corfield, supported by F1 globe trotter Will Ponissi and Matthew Brooks making his debut. Such was the strength of the team I couldn’t get into my own throws team but put on the spikes for the 100m and 400m Squad – Will Ponissi, Nick Stonehouse, Michael Watt, Ben Corfield, James Bell, Matthew Brooks, David Killick Big thanks to Warren Rose for sorting out all the officiating, Sheryl Carter for managing the Girls team and to the parents/carers who helped on the day. The next match is Sunday 22 July, also at Luton. For more details ask David or one of the other Coaches or Committee members. 

Sportshall Biggleswade Trophy

Sportshall Biggleswade Trophy
Sunday 18th March 2018

Massive well done today to the 11 intrepid Leighton Buzzard AC Athletes who turned out in the Snow at Sandy to try to win back the Trophy:

Paige, Lacey and Bonnie Woodcock Weber, Katie Killick, Isabelle Thackray, Harriet Butlin and Thaila Mason

Ash Carter, Thomas and Daniel Longstaffe, Alexander Irwin and Charlie Sabbatini

They fought hard!
Paige deftly rolled us off to a great start on the obstacle race which is always great fun and gets everyone well and truly warmed up. read more

Club Records, PBs and Debuts Galore

EAL Fixture 3 – Cambridge

by David Killick

Before the detail some simple stats:

4 club records broken, 8 debuts in a club top and roughly 25 PBs broken.

Keeping this brief will be difficult so anyone not mentioned many apologies now but I have been asked to limit my ramblings. (Not by me! Ed.)

At U11s we started the day with 6 athletes, ended up with 8 (6 girls and 2 boys) as 2 juniors there decided it looked fun and wanted to do it. Unfortunately this got me into trouble with the league for having too many athletes in events… I did my grovelling and have taken the penalty we have from the league committee (more on that later) and no, I am not sorry for encouraging children to participate in sport when athletics is in decline at a younger level (it was my admin error on not checking the rules as I got carried away with the excitement!)  What a great job they did and had a wonderful time and the 3 girls who did the 4x100m relay for the U13 girls did so with a massive smile, which is what it is all about! read more

Flying High! – EAL

EAL – April 2017 – Peterborough

 

So while some people were pounding the streets of London 35 plus Junior and senior members headed across to Peterborough for the First East Anglian League Meet of the year in slightly chilly but stunning sunshine (last year at the same fixture it snowed).  To be honest we are probably one of the smallest clubs in the league batting against some well-funded and equipped teams so we always have the motto go enjoy yourself.

With Nick in London the reigns for managing the Track & Field this year have transitioned to me and for anyone who thinks we just turn up and do our stuff, assembling a squad across age group and genders has given us an idea of how much work Nick does.  A month of planning finally came together and wow what a day.  Signs were good with positive results at the Beds Open a couple of weeks before but with some juniors girls moving up to u17 and being classified senior women, last minute decisions to come by Chris Dimmock, Ben Corfield coming down from Sheffield and Will Ponissi, myself and Alex Killick we had the resemblance of a senior squad. read more

Record Breaking Girls in the MK Festival 5k

MK Festival of Running – 5k

by Amy Killick

When I first arrived at the event it was chucking down with rain and was very chilly. I was frozen but still ran in shorts and my club vest. Whilst waiting in the car the rain began to stop and we then began to journey over to the starting area. As I was one of the first racers there I found a spot at the front of the line and began to warm up.

As we set off I was quite near the front and in sight was the lead cyclist. The first kilometre of the race was all downhill and was very fast as I ran it in 3:51. It stayed downhill for the second kilometre as well but began to incline at the fourth kilometre making it a lot slower. I eventually warmed up about a kilometre and a half into the race which made me a lot happier. At the end I did a sprint finish as everyone was cheering me on to beat the man in front of me. As I crossed the line my time was 21:25 which was a new PB that has beaten my mother’s and father’s official times (not parkrun times). Also I was the second lady through the line. I was shortly followed by Zara and Daisy who both ran under 25 minutes. read more

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