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Border League XC Reigate

Border League at Reigate – Race Report

Blessed with some great conditions, last Sunday saw our committed young athletes take part in the last Border league cross country fixture of the season. With the sun shining down (for most of the time!), Priory Park offered up a memorable muddy testing course for all the runners.

With representation from U9 to U13 age groups boys and girls all gave great performances against the other competing athletic clubs and schools from Berkshire, Surrey & Hampshire.

Off in the U9 category Bella McMullan Hawkey put in a great debut run for the club, running the tough 1400m lap of the Park. Straight after the U9 boys ran the same loop with Hunor Dani finishing in a creditable 16th position of a field of 57 runners – building on his previous strong run at Stoke Park in Guildford.

PC: K Scott

The U11 girls ran a slightly longer lap of 1700m but this time the Walton team was not only depleted in numbers for different reasons, but one of our two runners wasn’t recorded in the results at all! However, I can confirm with my own eyes both Rachel Riedlinger (26th of the 68 runners) and Lottie Paul came charging over the brow of the hill for a fast-downhill finish in quick succession. Both girls have had a great series of Border league races running consistently strong every time.

Evie Bedford, as a first year U13, again showed her strength and natural affinity for cross country finishing in an excellent 5th position as she did at Stoke Park, further to her excellent 9th position in the Surrey County Schools Championships earlier in January.

PC: K Scott

However, the team performance of the day must be the U11 boys, perhaps spurred on by U11 girls team performance from earlier in the season. The quartet of Jake Meyburgh (2nd place), Josh Johnston (18th), Jack Wright (19th) and Samuel Shepherd (32nd) in a field of 80 runners pulled the team to a great 3rd place of 12 teams overall. Good depth and well supported by the remaining team members of Joseph Sandri Durban, Tom Guest, Tom Stevenson, Seb Clark and Daniel Mann – the latter running his first race for the club.

The season was topped off by Jake Meyburgh’s overall individual success, awarded 3rd place overall in the U11 boys’ category. Jake’s had a great series of runs with this last race arguably the best of all taking on the local Reigate runner (and overall U11 winner) on his home course by leading from the front only just caught in the final metres.

PC: Z Meyburgh

Congratulations to one and all and thanks to the parents for supporting a great final event.

Walton AC Academy & Satellite team

Indoor Performance Updates

It’s been a good few weeks for Walton’s athletes on the indoor circuit! A summary of some of the amazing results is below. Check out the latest club newsletter for more info and latest notices!

England Athletics U20 Combined Events
Phillip Kastner competing at the England Athletics U20 Combined events in Sheffield 4th-5th January picked up a Bronze Medal and a new Heptathlon PB.

South of England Championships 11th-12th January– Lee Valley
Wow what a weekend for Xavier Taylor U13B, with 1st place and a huge PB in the Long Jump and went on to be 2nd in the 60m.

Hayden Evans U15B Silver medal and a PB in the 300m.

U15G Annalise Agyei-Kyem also a PB and a Silver medal in the 300m.

U15G Emma Fisher picked up a Bronze in the 200m and a PB in the 60m, making the semi final.

Ben Wells U15B also made the semis with a PB in the 200m.

George Sudderick U17M also picked up a Bronze in the 200m.

Also competing: Jeslyn Agyei-Kyem U17W was 2nd in the 200m semis, Jacob Gelona U17M 5th in his heat of the 400m and Georgia Russell 4th in the U17W Shot.

Surrey County Championships 15th-16th February
Great performances again with Xavier Taylor U13B 4th in his 60m heat and Jacob Thomas U15M 4th in the Long Jump.

Two County Champs in the Shot, with Georgia Russell 12.49m in the U17W for the Gold and in the Senior Men Sam Mace 11.87m to take the second Gold.

England U15/17 Championships – Sheffield 22nd-23rdFebruary

A handful of Walton athletes made the trek to Sheffield and all came home with new personal bests and one with a medal!

Emma Fisher U15W 300m 41.94 sec 3rd in her heat and 60m 8.03 sec 4th in semis.

Hayden Evans U15M 60m 8th in the semis but made 5th place in the 300m final.

Ben Wells U15M 60m 6th in his heat and in the 300m 5th in his heat.

Big Throws for Georgia Russell who had her best weekend ever in the Shot with a huge new personal best and New Club Record with the 3kg U17W of 13.21m and best of all her first National Medal, collecting a Bronze.

Surrey Cross Country League Men’s Division 3

Walton AC senior and U20 men won Division 3 of the Surrey Cross Country League after the final race in Croydon last Saturday. In the background of this shot of the leaders you can see WAC’s Duncan Woolmer and Craig Jarman who finished 4th and 6th in the race. The whole team ran well but of particular note was Michael Cottril in 12th place overall earning him second placed overall U20 for the season and fellow U20 Olly Coppellotti who suffered from some problems on the day but took the overall U20 division title after a strong performance across the season.

This win will see WAC back in its familiar surroundings of Division 2 for the 2020/21 season beginning in October.

For a full write up of the division 3 race, see the Surrey League facebook page here

The top of Division 3 provided a rare example of the often-heard “every place matters”. Going into the final match,…

Posted by Surrey Cross Country League on Monday, 10 February 2020

Border League Cross Country

BORDER LEAGUE X-C at GUILDFORD – RACE REPORT

Sunday saw 21 of our young athletes travel to (an exceedingly muddy!) Guildford to represent the club in the Border League, against other athletics clubs and schools from Berkshire, Surrey & Hampshire. It was another great performance with representation across the U9, U11 and U13 age groups. For some it was their first race and for many more their first experience of true cross-country conditions. Tough getting around in trainers and even tougher in cases where both trainers came off in the squelching mud of Stoke Park!

Congratulations to each and every one of our runners.

First off were the U9 boys running a lap of 1300m. In a field of 85 runners Hunor Dani finished in an excellent 20th position with Nelson Taylor and Fraser Cargill, both a full year younger than most other young runners, well-placed middle of the pack.

Next up over the slightly longer distance of 1500m was the same girls’ quartet from last match in Lightwater. A great team performance finishing 6th overall of the 14 clubs led in by Sabrina Coppola Johansen in an impressive 11th place, with Lottie Paul (20th) and Rachel Riedlinger (30th) in a big field of 91 runners. The club are proud of Poppy Scott who showed real character true spirit of sportsmanship, sacrificing her race on the day to stay alongside another runner who was in distress and help her get around and complete the course.

Immediately following the girl’s race, the U11 boys’ team put in a great show and had their best result to date. The individual performance of the day has to be Jake Meyburgh’s 3rd place, running 8 minutes flat over 2000m in a field of 112 runners. With real strength in depth and numbers, Walton AC finished 4th overall of 14 clubs with Jack Wright (18th), Charlie Bedford (27th), Josh Johnston (28th) and Samuel Shepherd (30th) all finishing comfortably in the top third of the field. The team also saw good performances from Tom Stevenson, Joseph Sandri Durban, Seb Clark, Mason Pollard-Day, Ethan Luiz and Alex Grantham – most who had previously run at Lightwater in the previous fixture. A strong team result, something to build on for the final race next month.

On this occasion the club did not field full teams for the U13s, but this takes nothing away from what was a very strong run in the conditions by Evie Bedford to finish 5th of 46 runners in an excellent 11:18 mins for the 2600m course.

Finally, in the boys’ race, over the slightly longer 3000m, both Harry Currie and Lucas Pollock-Williams saw further improvement from their last outing to finish 11th (in 11:48 mins) and 24th position (12:27 mins) respectively of a field of 48 runners.

  • The next Border League will be at Reigate on Sunday 1st March 2020.

Walton AC Academy & Satellite team
Photos: K Scott

Walton AC 2019 Awards Night

On 29 November we held our annual Celebration of Achievements night.  It was a fabulous evening and was the first time we have been able to hold a joint Juniors and Seniors event at our new facilities.

Lots of work was done by many people in order to make the evening a success. But special thanks must go to Kelly Van Der Westhuizen, Nicola Vaughan and Amanda Sudderick for their excellent work in organising the evening – the raffle prizes were to die for! Thanks also to Christian Burgar for compering the evening, to James Bartosik for taking on the role of official photographer and, last but not least, to the coaches for their work throughout the year helping our athletes to improve and for their inputs to the team of people who spent endless hours considering who should win what.

So, with congratulations to our many talented athletes, the winners were as follows:

Best Age Group Performance U13 Male

Xavier Taylor

Winning the Walton A.C. U13 Boys Cup

Best Age Group Performance U13 Female

Madison Emment (this is her proud mum [Emma] collecting on Maddie’s behalf of course)

Winning the Walton A.C. U13 Girls Cup

Best Age Group Performance U15 Male

Oliver (Ollie) Emment

Winning the Walton A.C. U15 Boys Cup

Best Age Group Performance U15 Female

Amy van der Westhuizen

Winning the Walton A.C. U15 Girls Cup

Best Age Group Performance U17 Male

Jack Gemmell and Ross Hurst

Joint winners of the Walton A.C. U17 Boys Cup

Best Age Group Performance U17 Female

Jeslyn Agyei-Kyem and Georgia Russell

Joint winners of the Walton A.C. U17 Girls Cup

Best Age Group Performance U20 Male

Ethan Dray

Winning the Walton A.C. U20 Men’s Cup

Unfortunately, Nicola was unable to collect her award on the night, but we gave it to her when she collected her Elmbridge Sports Award 😊
Best Age Group Performance U20 Female

Nicola Bell

Winning the Walton A.C. U20 Women’s Cup

Best Overall Junior Male Performance
(Junior Male Victor Ludorum)

Sam Mace
(This, of course, is Sam’s mum, Sabrina, looking very happy on his account!)

Winning the Walton A.C
Jack Rutherford Cup
Best Junior Male Athlete

Best Overall Junior Female Performance
(Junior Female Victor Ludorum)

Cedelle Agyei-Kyem

Winning the Walton A.C
Debbie Singleton Cup
Best Junior Female Athlete

Best Cross Country Season Junior Boys

Ben Fitzpatrick

Winning the Walton A.C Junior Cross Country Shield

Photograph not available
Best Cross Country Season Junior Girls

Charlotte Vaughan

Winning the Walton A.C Junior Girls Cross Country Shield

Best Overall Senior Male Performance
Men’s Victor Ludorum (O20 Upwards)

Hugo Fleming

Winning the
Alan Turing Cup

Best Overall Senior Female Performance
Women’s Victor Ludorum (O20 Upwards)

Susie McLoughlin

Winning the
Alice Bygrave Memorial Cup

Best Senior Male Performance
(O20 in context of senior competition)

Craig Jarman

Winning the Walton A.C. Senior Men’s Cup

Best Senior Female Performance
(O20 in context of senior competition)

Clare Ridd

Winning the
Williams’ Cup

Clare was not present so Martin Norman collected it on her behalf. He was too shy to be in the photograph though and insisted on the cup being the focal point.

Best O35 Men’s Masters Performance

Stuart Channon

Winning the Walton A.C. O35 Men’s Masters Cup

Best O35 Women’s Masters Performance

Lizzie Amos

Winning the Walton A.C. O35 Women’s Masters Cup

Best O50 Men’s Masters Performance

Joe Eastwood

Winning the
Peter Harding Memorial Cup

Best O50 Women’s Masters Performance

Jo Flowers

Winning the Walton A.C. O50 Women’s Masters Award

Best Senior Men’s Cross Country Season

Duncan Woolmer

Winning the
Walton A.C. 50th Anniversary Trophy

Best Second Claim Athlete

Virginia Mitchell

Winning the Walton A.C. Second Claim Athlete of the Year Award

Best Support or Superb Volunteer Award

Martin Norman

Winning the
1942 Founders’ Cup

Best Contribution to League Competition U20 Boys

Finn Punton

Winning the Walton A.C. Boys U20 League Trophy

Best Contribution to League Competition U20 Girls

Emma Fisher and Sian Popham

Jointly Winning the Walton A.C. Girls U20 League Trophy

Best Contribution to League Competition Senior Men

Rob A Smith

Winning the Walton A.C. Men’s League Trophy

Best Contribution to League Competition Senior Women

Eva West and Lucy Bartlett

Jointly winning the Walton A.C. Women’s League Trophy

Photograph not available
Special Recognition Award

Philip Kastner

The Tony Brooks Trophy

And now, I shall leave you with some other photos of the night and wish you all a very happy Christmas and prosperous and healthy New Year.
Best wishes,
Marie Marks, WAC Chair