Walton Open Meeting Sunday 7th May 2006

Walton Athletic Club held their annual open meeting on Sunday at Stompond Lane and, as usual, it attracted athletes from all over the South of England and produced some excellent performances.
About 200 athletes took part and despite the quality of the opposition there was plenty for the locals to shout about with dozens of wins for home athletes.
In the under 11 girls age group Walton’s Jessica Woodley recorded the fastest sprint time, followed by Lucy Paskell. Eleaner Palmer was the winner over 600m and Jessica also won the long jump for a clean sweep of home wins.
The under 11 boys 600 was won by Rory Bird with Elliot Anthony 2nd in the 75m sprint and Robert Lichfield 2nd in the long jump.
Abi Wroth was 2nd in the under 13 girls 100m & 200m, Lauren Highton 2nd in the 800m and Sasha Morse 2nd in the 1500m. Charlotte Tome came 2nd in the hurdles and Emma Leech won the high jump and was 2nd in the long jump.
Hugo Fleming had a great day in the under 13 boys events winning the 100m, 200m 800m and 1500m.
Walton had the first three in the undeer 15 girls 800m through Lucy Morris, Kim Dawkins and Nathalie Jones. Ellen Sellwood won the 200m with Brittt Hijkoop 2nd in the 100. Rachael Strachan won the hurdles and Chelsey Lavall won the high and long jumps.
Louis Johnson won the under 15 boys 100m and was 2nd in the long jump.
Rosie Marino came 2nd in the under 17 women’s hurdles and Rebecca Pickering was 2nd in the pole vault.
Walton ran away with the under 17 men’s sprint races. Ramon Wright won the 100 & 200, Mark Partridge was 3rd in the 100 and 2nd in the 200 and Ben Keller won the 400 and was 3rd in the 200. Also in this age group Jack Marchbank won the 800m and Alex Ferrelly won the steeplechase and was 2nd in the pole vault.
Under 20 age group winners for Walton were Maria Hanshaw in the 100& 200m, Courtney Codrington in the high jump, Lauren Garhard in the pole vault and  John Redshaw in the 800m. Kaylee Price was 2nd in the 100m and the sprint hurdles.
Senior event winners were a little rarer for the home club but Helen Williams won the 100m and the long jump, Andrew Kennard the 400m hurdles, James Harvey the steeplechase and Joanne Locker the 1500m. Nathalie Warren was 2nd in the 800m. Susie McLoughlin, now of Birchfield but formerly of Walton, was an easy winner of the women’s 400m hurdles.  

Thanks to all the officials and helpers without whom this event could not have taken place.

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