Well done allOur last show of Walton black, yellow and red vests were a small but efficient team of 15 and 3 Reigate Priory athletes at Stompond LaneBut between them they managed to get 11 new personal bests !It was a day of all hands on deck for our last Stompond Lane match so thank you to all those parents, coaches and officials who helped set up, pack away and support throughout the dayThe weather was beautiful and the sun shone down to light up the way to the finish lineThere were personal bests on the track for Calum Beauchamp X 2, Rory O’Doherty X 2, Stephan Fotso X 2, Mark Jacoby X 2 and in the field Sam Mace X 2There were first places for: ladies, Darby Begley Jones, Abbie Owen, Pippa Wonders, Sia Banbury and Lucy Weir and for the gentlemen, Calum Beauchamp, Cameron Chisholm, U20 relay 4 X 400m, Jamie West, Mark Jacoby, Sam Mace X 3 and the U17 4 x 400 relaySpecial mention to those athletes in the relays the 4 X 400m being the last on the track with a mixed U17/U20 men and women all racing at the same timeIt was a close finish between our U17 and U20 boys with the seniors just pipping the youngsters by 0.02 seconds U20M Matt Pharaoh, Cameron Chisholm, Rory O’Doherty and Calum Beauchamp U17M Jamie West, Isaac Mammen, Mark Jacoby and Josh HathawayLast on the track was our first womens relay team of the year in the 4 X 400m with Darby Begley Jones, Jemima Hobbs, Lucy Weir and Sia BanburySo who was the last runner on the Stompond Lane site? It was our star Hammer thrower Sia Banbury who braved the 400m relayWhen the track events finished the field quietly carried on and in the U17 Mens Discus Sam Mace the very last thrower achieved three PB’s times in a row to finish on 45.58mMaking Sam Mace the very last competing athlete at Stompond Lane (unless it all changes with Waterside Drive)The season has been a quiet one with such small numbers but we still managed to finish fourth out of six and as we are in the lowest league we will not be going either up or downThank you to all our parents and athletes who have provided excellent support throughout the season for the Walton/Reigate Priory Composite teamSpecial thank you to Jack Rutherford and Chris West for sorting out the declarations and resultsThanks also to Debbie Singleton our field referee, all our officials; Ivan Barrett, Tracy West, Elaine Pharaoh, Karen Hubbard, Robbie Prance, Stuart Mace and Sophie Mace also thanks to Dave Moles, Chris de Mauny, Ray Mustoe, Peter Allinson, Jon Ladley, Richard Drew to name but a few on the trackThank you to our Reigate Priory three Isabel Hornung, Abbie Owen and Pippa WondersBig thanks to all our coaches and special mention to Andrew Kennard Coach of the Day once againLooking forward to next season with many new athletes moving up into the U17 and saying goodbye to some of our U20 athletesAnd the best was yet to come …… thank you Jo Locker for organising a super evening BBQ anyone for a burger?All the very best to all for a successful winter training ready to take on next seasons teams
It was with a mixture of joy and sadness that we hosted the last match at Stompond Lane. Some wonderful photos of the day are below and the match report is here.
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It was a small but determined team who arrived at Walton for the final YDL LAG match of the season. We welcomed Megan Coffey to the team for her first performance in a Walton vest. The U13 boys had a good day with a massive PB from Ross Hurst in the 1500m taking 14 seconds off his previous PB and delivering the performance of the day. There were also PBs for Ricky Villa-Abrille in the 100m and in the SP for Jack Taylor. The U15 girls also had a good day with a PB in the 300m for Emma Horsey, 100m for Alex Beauchamp, 200m for Eva West and 800m for Imogen Burton and Zoe Grimes who ran a great race between them. Charlotte Vaughan also broke another club record in the 1500m. Rachel Pharaoh gained a hat-trick of PB’s in the 800m, 300m and SP and Tom Cursons in the 200m – fine performances from the outgoing team captains. There were more PB’s for the U15 boys – Michael Cotterill in the 800m, Ben Fitzpatrick and Tom Jones in the 1500m and Josh Cowie in the HT. The U13 girls followed suit with PB’s for Caitlin Paul in the 75m, Olivia Hansen in the 70mH and SP, Bella Wiles in the 800m and Tea McBean in the HJ. Once again the relays proved exciting with the U13 girls getting another PB in the 4x100m as did the U13 boys and the U15 boys also got a PB in their 4x300m relay. The girls team of Charlotte, Emma, Rachel and Megan (stepping in for Clara in the last match) remained unbeaten this season in their 4x300m relay, finishing in style on yet another PB.
A huge thank you to all the officials who braved the heat to allow us to compete, to Andrew for his great coaching and to Hilary for surviving the box, the spreadsheet and the printer! A big thank you to Tom and Rachel for being fantastic team captains this year. Thank you too, to all the parents who helped out on the day, before, during and after the match and for supporting all the athletes so enthusiastically.
Finally, thank you very much for the lovely (and very unexpected!) flowers. It’s been a steep learning curve this season but I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it – thank you for all your support, advice and patience!
Full results will be posted on the Power of 10 website.
Have a fantastic summer!
Walton AC athletes representing Surrey at English Schools, Gateshead
Five Walton AC athletes were selected to attend the English Schools National Championships which is the 4th largest athletics event in the World and the Championships that nearly all the UK Olympic Athletics team members have competed
Gateshead weather was once again on form with strong winds and rain of course
Charlotte Vaughan made her debut at the Championships in the Junior Girls 800m running 2.18.79 in her heat and was also selected for the 4 X 100m Surrey Relay team which made it to the final with the fastest qualifying time
The nail biting final saw two teams disqualified and the Surrey team finishing 4th
The other four Walton athletes were all throwers
Intermediate Girls Nicola Bell was up next in the Javelin having to cope with injury in a very tough competition as a first year threw 38.07m to just miss out on the qualifying mark finished 10th in a pool of 21 athletes
Also competing for the first year as an Intermediate,Tait Jones competed in the Discus in adverse strong winds with a throw of 32.83m also missing the qualifying mark and all athletes down on their bests finishing 12th in a pool of 16 athletes
Sam Mace was up next in the Intermediate Boys Hammer also in his first year in the age group with weight increases. Sam’s first throw was a two metre new personal best and went on to throw another new PB of 59.36m with 5kg Hammer to come 5th overall in a pool of 14 athletes and only a metre away from a medal
Finishing the day was Sophie Mace also competing in her first year as a Senior Woman in the Discus after a scary start with the winds blowing the Discus out of the sector Sophie threw 42.48m to secure the Silver medal with Gold only a metre away in a pool of 11 athletes
With the battling winds both Discus girls age groups were all way down on their performances luckily the wind had no effect on Sam’s hammer
Well done to all for being selected in a county that exceeds its quota for National Standard athletes with Surrey finishing overall second by 4.5 points
The Intermediate and Senior Surrey Girls were National Team Champions