***Under 15 girls take bronze medal at ECC Relays****
The team of Rachel Pharaoh, Charlotte Vaughan and Emma Horsey ran their socks off to secure Walton’s first ever medal in these championships at Mansfield.
The English Cross Country relay championships is a popular early season test. In cold conditions for early November the Walton U15 girls battled it out with the best clubs in the country and won Walton’s first ever medal in the event. A great achievement and the club is immensely proud of the team.
The weekend saw Walton Junior athletes compete in the Surrey Cross Country
Relay Championships at Stoke Park over a 2.5km course.
The outstanding performances of the day saw the under 15 Girls (Rachel
Pharaoh/ Charlotte Vaughan & Emma Horsey) take team gold, with Charlotte
running the days fastest leg in 7:28.
Not to be out done the under 15 boys (Ben Fitzpatrick/ Ben Marks & Joshua
Taylor) take team silver with Ben Marks running the second quickest leg of
the day in 6:54
The under 13 boys A team came 6th, the B team 20th, fastest Walton leg was
done by Jack Gemmell 7:38. The under 15 girls B team came 10th with Clara
Sawicki running the teams fastest leg 8:28. The under 15 boys B team came a
credible 8th with Ollie Coppellotti who is coming back to form after a
long period of injury running the teams fastest leg 7:14. and the C team
came 19th with newcomer Rueben Leyland running the fastest leg of the team
7:42. The under 17 men teams came 5th and 10th respectively in very tough
competition, the fastest Walton leg was ran by Cross Country
captain Charlie Feinson in 7:12.
Huge congratulations to all the athletes.
Young Athletes Surrey Cross Country League – Richmond Park
11 junior athletes made the short journey to Richmond Park to compete in
the first Young Athletes cross country race of the season on Saturday.
In the under 13 boys race, Jack Gemmell led the team home in sixth place,
closely followed by Ross Hurst in eighth. Freddie Allen was the next scorer
home followed by Jacob Gelona. The boys did fantastically well and finished
third in the team competition.
In the under 15/17 boys race, cross country captain Charlie Feinson was the
first Walton athlete home in a credible eighth position, next home was Ben
Fitzpatrick in 12th, closely followed by Joshua Taylor in 14th. Tom Jones
was next across the line followed by Michael Cottrill and newcomers Rueben
Leyland and Ben Palmer in their first competitive race for the club. All
the boys did extremely well and were rewarded with first place in the team
Two Walton athletes were selected to represent the South East of England at the UK School Games in Loughborough on 2nd September.
Tait Jones was selected for Discus and Sam Mace for Hammer
The team travelled up to Loughborough on Thursday and competed on Friday at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium in Loughborough
Over 350 athletes compete at the Games as part of seven teams representing Northern Ireland and Scotland, with England represented by the Midlands, North East, North West,
South East and South West. This inclusive format also features 20 disability events across the 58 event programme
The 2016 School Games is a multi-sport event for the UK’s elite young athletes of school age
The competition re-enforces the experience of Olympic and Paralympic Games complete with Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Sam Mace’s Hammer was the first event of the day in the field events and of course it was pouring with rain!
In a strong field with the top two in the country battling out for Gold and Silver, Sam in his first year kept his cool and produced a new Personnel Best of 60.64m just ahead of tough competition to secure the Bronze Medal
Somewhat later in the day the sun came out and the last field event was Tait Jones in the Discus
Tait had the top three in the country which made the battle for the medals tough going
Tait also in her first year threw a creditable 37.20m to come 5th
Both Tait and Sam were thrilled to be selected and had a wonderful time competing for England
Bishop and Mace crowned Southern Champions whilst Vaughan and Jones take medals
With most eyes turned to Rio at the weekend, a group of Walton athletes were winning medals galore at the South of England age group champs.
Sam Bishop leapt a PB of 5.91m to win the U15 long jump, and Sam Mace threw the discus 45.00m to win the U17 event. Mace had a great weekend, also throwing the hammer to a PB distance of 60.05m to take silver. Also taking silver was Charlotte Vaughan, running 2:18.01 in the 800m. She was joined in the final by Emma Horsey, who missed out on the bronze by less than 5 hundredths, running a PB of 2:18.24. Tait Jones threw the discus 38.48m to take bronze in the U17 event. There was also a PB for Ben Marks in the U15 1500, 4:19.85 to come 4th in the final.
Full results are below- a fantastic set of races, jumps and throws- huge well done to all of you.
Good Luck to all those competing at National Championships at the end of the month who have already had to achieve a qualifying standard to enter: Nicola Bell U17 Javelin, Sam Bishop U15 LJ/300m, Emma Horsey U15 800m, Tait Jones U17 Discus, Sam Mace U17 Discus/Hammer, Ben Marks U15 3000m, Rachel Pharaoh U15 1500m.
Sam Bishop (U15) 24.73 5th; 24.74 (h)
Tom Cursons (U15) 41.26 4th (h)
Charlotte Vaughan (U15) 2:18.01 2nd; 2:20.54 (h)
Emma Horsey (U15) 2:18.24 PB 4th; 2:21.53 (h)
Megan Coffey (U15) 2:31.77 5th (h)
Clara Sawicki (U15) 2:34.44 8th (h)
Ben Marks (U15) 4:19.85 PB 4th; 4:31.80 (h)
Tom Cursons (U15) 12.87 5th
Sam Bishop (U15) 5.91m PB to win
Sam Mace (U17) 45.00m to win
Tait Jones (U17) 38.48m 3rd
Sam Mace (U17) 60.05 PB 2nd
Sia Banbury (U17) 44.30 7th