Congratulations and Good Luck, Sam!
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.
Team Manager YDL Lower.
4 PBs and 1 Surrey Record
Competing at the weekend in Kingston’s Annual Open Throws, Walton athletes had a tremendous day.
There were solid performances from our Seniors, Rob Smith with 37.42m in the Hammer and Joe Eastwood 35.79m in the Javelin.
There were new PBs for Jakob Howe 33.68m in the Hammer and Eva West 39.51m also in the Hammer.
Nicola Bell threw a PB of 40.19m in the Javelin and Hammer seasons best of 39.52m.
Sam Mace threw the Hammer 64.07m, a new PB and also increased his U20M Surrey Hammer Record from last year.
Walton AC Masters Athletes had a highly successful week in Toruń, Poland last week at the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships.
Susie McLoughlin, Virginia Mitchell and Joanna Flowers started the week with with the 400s, all qualifying comfortably for their finals. Virginia set the tone with an emphatic victory in the W55 category in 63.21, swiftly followed by an exciting race in the W50 category where Jo finished strongly coming through to take her first ever World medal in second place. Susie was next up and ran a controlled race to finish in 4th.
Next were the 800s where Liz Amos made her World Indoor Masters debut. She cruised through her heat and came a creditable 4th in the final in a scrappy race resulting in the Irish athlete falling and the Swedish athlete fracturing her shin bone.
Virginia was going for the double but had tough competition as she was up against the current W55 800m world record holder. In a thrilling final lap Virginia made up a deficit of 5 metres to win in a new world record of 2.22.34.
The penultimate day saw Susie and Jo back on track for the 200s. They both qualified for their finals comfortably with Jo running another consistent race from a difficult lane 1 and coming home in 4th. Susie lined up in lane 6 with the Polish athlete and main rival inside her. The Polish athlete proved too strong and Susie finished strongly in 2nd.
The final day saw Susie and Virginia back on track for the 4×200. More medals came their way in the form of silver and bronze.
A big congratulations to our amazing Walton AC Masters athletes. Roll on the European Championships in Italy in September.
At the half way stage of the Surrey League Cross Country League, Walton continue to dominate the U15/17 age group.
After narrowingly losing out to South London Harriers in the first fixture at Richmond Park by 8 points, Walton were out to regain first position in the second fixture at Wimbledon Common. They certainly did not let themselves down with club captain Ben Fitzpatrick wining the individual race, followed home by Ollie Emment in second, and with another three Walton athletes in the top ten easily secured the team victory. So after two of the four fixtures the U15/17 boys are in first place ahead of South London Harriers.
In the under 13 Boys competition, Walton struggled in the first fixture due to non availability and with only two athletes competing ended up in 9th place. But with a much better turn out in the second fixture the team ran their socks off to take 5th place. At the halfway stage the under 13 Boys are in 5th place out of 15 teams.
Well done to all the boys who have competed in the league so far this season especially newcomers Friso Kolff, Charlie Davidson, Stephen Smith & Lucas Williams and to club captain Ben Fitzpatrick for his amazing pre race speeches.
The third fixture takes place in January at Mitcham Common.
Meanwhile, in spite of the paper team suffering due to absence, injury, or recent marathon runs, superb runs from Hugo Fleming and Andrew Crooks saw the men’s team place 6th on a winding and undulating course at Nork Park, and lying 7th in the division with only a handful of points separating Windmilers ahead and Croydon behind. Hugo came in 10th and Andrew 13th in a field headed by GB international Andy Maud. The rest of the team collectively made up huge points with strong second laps, Duncan Woolmer ultimately placing 29th. A three-way scrap between Chris de Mauny (53), Jon Ladley (56) and Rob Lovegrove (58) saw them all rise up the field in the second lap, with Matt Pharaoh heroically holding position ahead of the three in 49th. Matt Reed and Rob Marcus followed, both recording steady runs for 73rd and 77th, with the ever dependable Chris Ness closing out the team in 85th. Rob Smith and Adam McCarthy provided valuable backup.
In the SLCCL at Nonsuch Park, a handful of girls tackled the flat but technical course, the thin layer of mud created by the previous night’s deluge nicely cut up by the record-breaking division 2 senior race at 11am. Bella Wiles and Eloise Williams were 13th and 29th in the U15 race, while Imogen Burton was 6th in the U17. For once, the seniors outnumbered juniors, and the near-complete team of Lizzie, Mandie, Guillaine and Armanda were clobbered by the 308 penalty points for the incomplete team, to finish 22nd, in spite of strong runs.
The next fixture for the women is in February at Richmond Park, while the men will race with the boys in January at Mitcham Common.