Saturday saw the senior men’s team open their league season with the first Southern Men’s League fixture at Barnet Copthall. An excellent team perfomance produced a 2nd place, our best opening match result for a few years. A full report with results (and photos) is at Senior Men at Barnet
Last Thursday was the date of the Club’s Annual General Meeting. The attendance was disappointing but those who did attend contributed to a lively and iinteresting meeting. Minutes of the AGM will be posted here shortly.
On Sunday we had a working party at the club. A lot of useful work was done in preparation for the season and in particular for next Sunday. Thanks to Danny, David, Dave, Terry, Wendy, Bill, Jon, Hannah, Sue, Carla, Ben, Craig, Jack and Debbie (with apologies to anyone missed).
Next Sunday is, of course, the date of the club’s Open Meeting. There is a full programme of events with the exception of throws, and all athletes should try to compete. Further details and an entry form and timetable are available Walton Open Details
We have two weekends to report on.
On Sunday 16th April the league season started with the first Ebbisham league match at Tooting Bec.
Having been promoted last summer as division 2 champions we were hoping for a good start to the division 1 campaign.. In the event, despite a low turnout due mainly to Easter holidays, Walton finished equal 3rd of the six clubs.
We are still waiting to receive the individual results and will post them on the website once arrive.
In the meantime a few senior athletes have been away on a warm weather training trip to the Canaries. Read all about it in Nat on Tour
On Saturday 22nd Abi took the Southern Womens League team to Milton Keynes for their opening fixture. A small team did very well and are 13th of 25 in the league after one match SWL Report
On Sunday 23rd two of Walton’s distance runners raced the Flora London Marathon. Robin Copestick improved his best time by 4 minutes to 2hrs 30m 58s which placed him 66th man in the race. Michelle Oldham, in her second marathon improved by 20 minutes to 3hrs 25 which we believe is a club record. Congratulations to both on excellent runs.
Remnember that the Walton Open Meeting is only just over a week away, on Sunday 7th May. entry forms and timetable are available at Walton Open Details .
Please support the event, its a great opportunity to compete on your home track and is an important fund raiser for the club.
Do you wish you are here?
I am writing this from sunny Gran Canaria. Every year Sue Hooper (sprints coach) organises a one or two week warm weather training trip.
This year it is a smaller group than normal: myself (in the middle distance group), Jon and Adam (from the sprints group) and Ryan (international 400m hurdler who previously trained with Sue at Canterbury) along with Sue and husband Pete.
Warm weather training is an excellent chance to do some fast, quality work in the sun in preparation for the track season.
We train every morning either at the track doing speed or event work or at the beach doing drills or running up sand dunes! In the afternoon we either do core-stability, long runs or relaxation/stretching.
In order to ease aching muscles Sue makes us stand in the freezing cold pool for 10 minutes after every session much to the amusement of the sun bathers!
In between all the training we manage to fit in subathing, siestas and previous year´s activities have included crazy-golf, aqua parks and hiking (or for some running) up volcanoes!
This year I don´t know if I am going to be more tired from the training or coping with 3 very chatterbox athletics/car mad boys!
The Annual General Meeting of the club will take place on Thursday 27th April in the clubhouse at Stompond Lane starting at 8.30pm.
All members and parents of junior members are invited to attend. Click on the link below to see the agenda.
Another local open meeting saw four Walton athletes making the trip to the new track at Crawley on Saturday for their first Spring Open Meeting.
Ben Kennard ran a good 600m to record 1.54.0 in the under 13 race, Ben also threw the shot 5m65.
Helen Williams won both the events she entered, running 10.5 for the 80m and long jumping 5.43.
Jo Locker finished a close 2nd in the 1000m in 3.15.3 and veteran Robin Roach (M55) threw the discus 28.92
Thanks to Terry Letheby for obtaining results from the previous weekends meeting at Bracknell. Last weeks news item has been updated with the details Weekend Update 25th/26th March