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UKYDL LAG Match 3 – Windsor

The last YDL Lower Match was held at Windsor AC on Saturday 20th July.

As usual the athletes represented themselves fantastically well, both individually and as a team supporting each other throughout the day.

A number of PB’s for many athletes, but a special mention to Emma Fisher for breaking the club record in the 100m.
A huge thank you to those who did events for points, and to Debbie Singleton leading our Officials and many helpers out on the field. Thank you to the coaches and parents who supported and encouraged all day long. Without you all, none of this is possible.

The final events the relays again proved to be most exciting the 4x 300 U15 girls beat the club record again!!! And the U15 boys 4 x 300 were in a thrilling race with Windsor who fielded an extremely fast quartet, we came in second but fought the whole way.
What a way to finish the season. We finished in 5th place in a highly competitive league and it has been a pleasure and a privilege to watch each Athlete develop over the Summer.

Thank you all so much.

Emma Emment
Team Manager YDL Lower.

Welsh U20 International Meeting

Sam Mace – Second at Welsh International.
Sam Mace was selected to represent England – South at the Welsh U20 International on Wednesday 24th July at Cardiff, earning his first Junior England vest and International honours.
Sam came second in his age group and third overall against the twice Commonwealth Welsh Champion Osian Jones, who also broke the Welsh Hammer record at the International.
Sam was part of the winning England – South Team at The Welsh Athletics U20 International which featured a match between Wales, Welsh Schools, the three English regions, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Guernsey.
Also competing at the match for Guernsey was former member Sia Banbury, who came 6th overall in the hammer with a great 44.95m throw.

Kastner Selected for Home International

We are excited to learn that Philip Kastner has been selected to compete for England at the Home Countries Combined Events International on 3-4 August.

Philip is in amazing form this year and has been setting new WAC U20 records all season. He currently holds 110m U20 Hurdles (14.73s),  High Jump (1.93m), Long Jump (6.98m) and U20 Decathlon (6692) records all set this year as well as several all-time top ten performances in other events and for lower age groups in previous years. All the more impressive given that he is only a first year in his age category.

We wish him all the best in his competition next weekend!

Combined Events Home Countries International team announced – Athletics & Running

The England Athletics Age Group championships on 3-4 August will also host a Combined Events Home Countries International for under 20, under 23 and senior athletes. The men will compete in a decathlon and the women in a heptathlon. We are pleased to announce the England team.


SAL Match 4 Report

Southern Athletics League Match 4 – Kingston

We opened our day firstly with a minute’s applause for our dearly departed Jack Rutherford. All athletes and officials commemorated the day by wearing black armbands and showing plenty of smiles, as Jack would have wanted. A huge thanks to everyone who participated.

We ended the day 3rd, with South London (1st) and Kingston (2nd) finishing in front, and Dacorum & Tring bringing up the rear.

We had the following athletes making their Walton AC SAL Debuts, providing some great performances and results across their respective events:

  • Hayley Cargill – Returning from a long absence, Hayley reopened her Walton AC account with a dominant 800m run, leading from the off and refusing to let the K&P athlete past on the home straight. She was also our second leg Mixed 4x400m runner for the B string – 7pts
  • Jon Awuah – Jon has had some good performances for the club this season and today was no different, picking up second place in the Mens 400m A string in his first outing for the Senior side – 3pts
  • Fraser McAllister – another Walton AC athlete of the past making a comeback, Fraser picked up two 3rd place finishes in the 100m and 200m (both B string). He was also part of our 4x100m relay team – 5pts
  • Tina Howell – Making her long awaited return from injury, Tina picked up 2nd place in the High Jump and Javelin, and 3rd place in the Triple Jump to secure good points for the team – 8pts
  • Ben Witham – a new addition to Walton AC, Ben picked up second place in the Men’s Long Jump (A string) and, after learning the event 20 minutes prior, won the A string Triple Jump! He was also part of our 4x100m relay team – 8pts

Like all of our matches this season, picking out individual highlights has been difficult with this meet, below is our pick of the athletes and the contribution they made to the club on the day:

  • Matthew Pharaoh – fresh from his midweek exploits at Watford, he held off both K&P athletes to finish the race 3rd overall, and winning the B string. He went on to run the Men’s B string 400m picking up second place, and was the lead off runner for the Mixed 4x400m B string, which also placed second – 10pts
  • Reuben Leyland – Reuben turned his hand to the shorter sprints for the individual events at this match. Running a PB of 11.6 for the 100m and a SB of 23.9 for the 200m, this saw him collect 3rd and 2nd place respectively. He also anchored our 4x100m relay team, getting the baton over the line and avoiding the DQ after a fumble from the incoming runner. He then started off the A string mixed 4x400m team which won the event – 10pts
  • Hugo Fleming – Hugo in true form, picked up max points in all events he participated in. Starting off with the men’s 800m A string, he took the field out from the off, and finished with no real pressure from the chasing runners. The 1500m was a more tactical affair, with the opening laps being deemed “too slow” by his own admission. Still, he held on and fought off a late surge to win this event as well. He anchored the Mixed 4x400m A string for his 3rd win of the afternoon – 12pts
  • Robert A Smith – Our multi-event extraordinaire! This time only doing the 6 events, 110mH (3rd), 400mH (3rd), High Jump (equal 2nd), Long Jump (2nd), Pole Vault (3rd), and Triple Jump (1st) proving as always to be a valuable asset to the team – 15.5 pts (the .5 comes from sharing points on the High Jump!)
  • Lizzi Amos – A fine return to form for Lizzie this season, securing a win in the 400m A string and 2nd place in the A string. She also ran both relays, securing wins for the teams – 15pts
  • Emma Horsey – I had to make sure I wasn’t reading the previous paragraph when checking this, Emma also matched Lizzie’s marks with a win in the 400m, second place in the 200m (B string races), and was in the winning quartet for the relays! – 15pts
  • Lucy Bartlett – Lucy is also making a fine return to racing form, winning the A string 100mH and picking up 3rd place in the 400mH. She also ran in the 4x100m winning team, and in the B string side 4x400m team which came second – 13pts
  • Eva West – Eva continued her fine form in the Senior squad, throwing implements in a heavier weight category than for her age group (‘I forgot it was that heavy’ was the response I got after she picked up the hammer!). Still, this did not phase her, picking up 2nd place in the B string, 4th place in the shot, and running 3rd leg in the women’s 4x100m relay – 8pts


As mentioned in the above, we had some serious runners for our relay teams on the day, and unsurprisingly the mixed 4x400m A string broke the club record set earlier this year! Congratulations to Reuben Leyland (55.6), Lizzie Amos (61.5), Emma Horsey (63.0), and Hugo Fleming (51.4). This has surpassed the previous mark set by Ben Marks, Kate Raven, Emma Horsey, and Josh Taylor at the second match, taking the record from 3:54.0 to 3:51.6! This mark is also quicker than the Mens 4x400m time from earlier this season (3:54.1).

We had some great relay running to end the day, and it was even better to see a majority of athletes staying behind to cheer on their team mates to the end, and participated in a team photo at the end of the match. Special mention to Friso Kolff for stepping in to ensure we had a B string relay at the end of the day, running the anchor leg.

Our next and last match is at St. Albans, and we need another strong turn out to end the season on a high! I look forward to seeing you there!

Martin Norman – SAL Team Manager.