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Two events took place this weekend, the first Lily B league match was held at Guildford on Saturday and, of course, the Walton Open Meeting was held at Stompond Lane on Sunday.
Report and results from the Open meeting can be found at Walton Open Meeting
The Lily B team finished 3rd and a report will appear shortly once we receive the results from the organising club.
Monday night saw the first veterans league match and a few of our top veterans were on display. Walton compete in a combined team with Richmond and Twickenham. Robin Roach won the M50 discus and shot, Debbie Singleton won the women’s discus and shot and Jo Regan won the 100m and long jump as well as leading off the relay team fast enough to be ahead of one of the mens teams on the first leg. Andrew Kennard was competing in his first vets league match and was leading the 400m when a hamstring twinge caused him to ease up and settle for 2nd place. The ladies team won the match and wwe are still waiting to hear the mens result.
Next weekend is the Surrey Track and Field Championships at Kingsmeadow stadium, hopefully we will have a large and successful entry from Walton athletes.
The first Rosenheim league match is on Wednesday night at Kinston starting at 6.45. Anyone interested in competing just turn up or talk to any of the senior group coaches. The competition is for senior men and women but under 17’s can take part.
Closing date for Surrey Vets champs is 13th May. Champs take place on Saturday 27th May and details and an entry form can be found at Surrey Veteran’s Championship
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!