Chris Ness competed in his first track race in 20 months at the Worthing Open last Sunday. A sunny, but breezy day saw Chris bag the M50 club record in the mile with a time of 5.13. Chris ran a solid first lap passing 400m in 78 seconds then settled in behind the race leaders before pushing on at the bell to record a 73 second final lap finishing 4th.
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.