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National Cross Country Relays

A small but determined team of Walton athletes made the very early start to travel up north to Mansfield to compete in the English Cross Country Relay Championships. The pinnacle of the relay calendar, on the superb course at Berry Hill Park once again drew in great crowds from all over the country to watch the age group races.

First up was the under 17 women running over 2:5km. Emma Horsey led the team off coming home in 26th place. Handing over to Charlotte Vaughan who made up good ground and pulled the team back into 15th place and the final leg was taken by Rachel Pharaoh who maintained good form and brought the team home in 16th place.

The under 17 men running over 3km, were next to compete. The A team of Ben Marks, club captain Ben Fitzpatrick and Oliver Coppolletti did extremely well and came home in 16th place out of 75 teams, with Ben Fitzpatrick running the 10th fastest time on leg 2. The B team of Tom Jones, Michael Cottrill and Edward Dawson came home in 53rd place.

Last to compete was the under 15 Boys over 2km. The A team of Jack Gemmell, Ross Hurst and Ollie Emment did outstanding and finished in 10th place out of 93 teams with Ollie Emment running the 7th fastest time on leg 3. The B team of Joseph Daws-Twilley and the Punton twins, Finn and Josh came home in a credible 59th place.

Well done to all the athletes who made the trip north and for the wonderful support from all the parents.

Reigate Priory Relays

Team third for Walton senior men at Priory Relays!

The sun was high and the wind likewise as the WAC men and women donned their vests for this annual piece of fun.

After a couple of drop-outs during the week nine men turned up to race, presenting a minor difficulty in teams of four. However, some internal wrangling and a change to the paperwork gave a solution with some doubling up to complete the C team.

On the women’s side, the legendary Williams sisters were having their first cross-country race together since records began and seemed to enjoy themselves immensely, stepping up from their somewhat more accustomed distances to tackle this 4km course.

The men’s A team was led off by Andrew Crooks, returning to XC running this season after a few years away. Andrew handed over to Jamie Mcloughlin who ran a storming second leg (fastest WAC runner of the day) to hand over to Jon Ladley. Another strong leg from Jon brought us into the final leg in fourth place as Jon handed over to Chris de Mauny. Chris passed the third placed runner on the flat section on the top of the hill and ran in to clinch third place. Both the first and second placed teams (Dorking and Belgrave) contained current or former senior internationals: Walton was very much the “best of the rest” today.

Rob Marcus, Chris Ness, Richard Drew, James Bartosik and Adam McCarthy had a complex race among themselves since between them they managed seven legs of the four-leg relay, Andrew Crooks also running a second time to complete the C team.

Full results are not yet available but will be here soon.

Bruce Judd Cross Country Relays

The biggest Walton team ever descended at Stoke Park for the Surrey County AA Bruce Judd Cross Country Relay Championships, showing the strength in depth that club is now producing.

Outstanding performances of the day went to the under 17 men’s and women’s teams who secured silver medals.

Ben Marks led the u17 men’s A team off with a situating leg to come home in first place with a 6:32 clocking. Handing over to club captain Ben Fitzpatrick, who had a solid leg with a 6:43 time to keep Walton in the medal positions. It was then left to Ollie Coppellotti to do do what he does best and run smartly and bring the team home in silver medal position with a 6:59 leg behind a formidable AFD team.

The under 17 B team of Tom Jones (7:10), Joshua Taylor (7:12) & Michael Cottrill (7:14) ran superbly to come home in 5th place and the C team of Ben Palmer (7:40), Rueben Leyland (7:34) & Archie Forsyth (7:47) finished in 8th.

The under 17 women’s A team was led off by Charlotte Vaughan who came home with a solid 7:56 time in fourth place. Emma Horsey was next up and committed well and managed to get the team up into third place with a 8:18 clocking. On the last leg Rachel Pharaoh (8:12) had a phenomenal run as she ran down the opposition to bring the team home in second place and secure the silver medal.

In the under 15 age groups the boys A team of Ollie Emment (7:09), Ross Hurst (7:22) and Jack Gemmell (7:17) just fell short of a medal and had to settle for a fifth place finish. The B team came 12th and C team 16th.

The girls A team of Isabella Wiles (8:39), Catherine Blandford (9:34) & Olivia Mensah 8:59) came 13th and the B team came 21st.

For the first time for many years we had a under 13 girls team. Maddie Emment led them off and had an amazing run and was rewarded with a 8:25 clocking. Sian Popham took the second leg (9:18) and Jimena Stynes the third leg (9:33) to bring the team home in 9th place.

Congratulations to all the athletes who competed at Stoke Park!!

World Champions at Masters

Those who follow on twitter or facebook will have noticed a barrage of updates in the last week or two updating you on goings on at the World Masters Championships taking place in Malaga, Spain. Champion followed champion, and it should be no surprise therefore that the combined might of Walton AC would have held our own in a medals table ultimately topped by Great Britain, winning four gold, two silvers and a bronze. (35th, in fact, two places behind Ireland).

The action started on 5th September, with Susie McLoughlin going in the W40 100m. Making light work of the heats (12.77, 1st) and semifinal (12.67, 2nd), she pulled off a stunning bronze medal in the tightest of finishes, with just 0.16s separating the top six athletes.

It was swiftly onto the 200m from the 7th September, with the action moving from Malaga main stadium to the University, where Susie and Jo Flowers battled strong headwinds in both their qualifying rounds and semifinals.

Jo ran a superb 28.30 to finish 6th in her semifinal. Susie stormed into the final in an incredibly competitive field. She was chasing down the silver medalist from the 100m in the home straight but just ran out of room, taking the silver in a superb time of 25.87 into a 1.7m/s headwind.

Earlier that morning, at the main stadium, Jamie McLoughlin and Chris de Mauny were tackling the 10km road race in stifling humidity. Hardly ideal conditions for road running, but the pair both ran very well in the circumstances, Jamie recording 37:41 for 38th place M40, and Chris running 37:54 for 40th in the M35s.

A couple of days’ breather for our sprinters, but it was over to second-claimers Virginia Mitchell and Fiona de Mauny in the 800s at Carranque Stadium. Both qualified comfortably at the front of their heats and with less than 18hrs recovery each were back on the morning of 11th September to race for the titles. Virginia was up first, running a smart race to sit with the pack and accelerate at the bell. Finding the pace a little slower than she would like, she surged away in the home straight towards the end of the first lap, destroying her opposition with an ultimate victory margin of more than 4s with 2:26.

Fiona employed a rather different tactic; without the luxury of being ranked fastest in the field, she ran the finish out of her opposition, going hard from the gun and taking the lead at 200m. Her even-paced 2:10 was ultimately 3s ahead of her closest rival. Two World Champions in the space of an hour!!

There was no time to rest for our Champions though, as both were competing in the 400 with preliminary rounds taking place later the same day. They were joined by Susie and Jo, with all comfortably qualifying to the semifinals in automatic positions. Susie and Virginia both won their semis to advance to the finals, with Fiona (58.46) and Jo (62.04) both recording PBs to join them on finals day.

Virginia was again up first, and she stormed round the blue mondo well in front of her competitors to record the second fastest all-time 400m in this age category in Europe (62.16), which was also her fastest time for four years.

There must have been something special in the air, as Jo followed her up with another PB of 62.01 for 6th in her final. Susie also recorded her fastest time since 2014, the strength of her final straight proving too much for the others as she won in 57.79, 0.5s ahead of the silver medalist. Fiona followed this with yet another PB (58.22), her 800m strength shining through as her home straight charge took her from 8th place with 100m to go to only 0.2s off the bronze medal.

With just the 1500m and relays remaining for our athletes, there was a slight lull in proceedings before Fiona was up again late on Saturday night, taking 2nd place and an automatic spot in a tactical 4:42 1500m.

Following another quick turnaround, she was back out the next morning in searingly hot conditions as the famous Mediterranean sun finally made an appearance. Sitting on the shoulder of the leader for 1000m, she found herself boxed in approaching the bell but remained calm and waited for a gap to open. With 150m to go the gap finally appeared and, although two athletes had already gained a substantial lead, a little bit of that 400m speed was on display as she moved herself from 5th position up the field to take the silver medal with a SB time of 4:37.44 behind multiple Paralympic Champion Soumaya Bousaid from Tunisia.

Just the relays remained, with Jo, Susie and Fiona running the 4x 100 to bring GB home 6th, 4th and 5th. Virginia and Jo then ran in the 4x 400 teams, Virginia anchoring the team home for a convincing win, while the W45s were 5th. We would have loved to see what these four could have done together…

An incredible championships from our athletes, who will no doubt now enjoy a well earned break before the training starts again in earnest for the World Indoors (Torun) and European Athletics (Venezia) next year.

 

Four Walton South of England Champions!

There were more stunning results from our junior athletes at the South of England age group Championships at Lee Valley last weekend.

Stealing the show again were the Agyei-Kyem sisters, both taking gold in their respective long sprint events, Jeslyn running 39.88s for 300 (U15) and Cedelle, setting a new club record of 57.20s over 400 (U17). Younger sister Annalise knocked a huge half second off her 200m PB in the U13 time trials, running 28.99s into a stiff headwind, while Emma Fisher ran a good 29.29s in the same event.

Ben Marks secured a superb gold in the U17 men’s steeplechase with 4:39.73, and George Sudderick did the sprint double in his less preferred events of 200m (gold, 22.60s) and 100m (bronze, 11.39s).

Away from the medals, Jon Awuah (U15 Boys 300), Emma Horsey (U17 Women’s 300 hurdles), Charlotte Vaughan (U17 Women’s 800), Ollie Coppellotti (U17 Men’s 800), Michael Cottrill (U17 Men’s 1500) and Ross Hurst (U15 Boys’ 1500) all performed brilliantly in their respective finals, with Ross scoring a PB of 4:32.62. With the wind conditions, PBs were scarce, but there were also strong performances for Rachel Pharaoh (U17 800), Caitlin Paul (U15 200) and Charlotte Maxwell (U15 200). Hayden Evans (U13 200) was unlucky to miss out on a medal, recording the fourth fastest time (into a 4m/s headwind!) in the U13 boys’ 200.

Out in the field, Amy-Lee van der Westhuizen held the fort with a magnificent 34.09m throw in the U15 girls’ hammer, finishing 6th.

With competition now winding down, we are already excited to see what the future holds for these incredibly talented young athletes!