Thanks also to the usual gang of helpers, Dave, Michelle, Dawn and Nick Lawer who did a sterling job of allocating the club kit and numbers to all the right athletes.
We had quite a number of first timers yesterday, with some fantastic results for some of them. There were also some great results from some of the regulars. I don’t want to single people out, just in case I miss anybody, but I have to say that some performances took me by surprise a little.
Kate Southwell, who isn’t the tallest girl in the U13’s grabbed second place in the High Jump with 1.2m and was only beaten on a countback. That is without any practice. Kate seems to be a natural! As did Luke Green, In his first ever Athletics competition he surprised us all with a massive winning throw with the Cricket ball of 32.7 metres, and Olly Metcalf wasn’t too far behind that.
Another surprise was newcomer Findlay MacGreggor who has come into athletics only this year, he got through to the U15 boys 200m final and finished a creditable 3rd. I also got a nice surprise from one of our more seasoned campaigners, Thomas Adams. Tom is a great thrower, and always scores highly for the club with the throwing events. Yesterday he decided to give the 300 metres race a go and finished second! (Brad King 3rd in the same race).
Rosie Lawler also had her first taste of League competition, and on a day when there were large numers of athletes in the U13 and U11 age group Rosie did very well (as we knew she would), She got through to the 70 metre final and finished 5th, she also got 5th in the Cricket ball and 4th in the Long Jump. Big sister Eloise was there to help us out too, and did brilliantly in the 100m to finish 2nd. Other newcomers to do well were Jasmine Green, Katy Mattocks and Holly Lock. Sam Macey didn’t give up and ran through the pain barrier in the 800m.
Club Stalwarts Charlotte Orton, Ellen Fisher, Megan Featherstone and Courtney Gresty all did their bit with some high scoring wins for Charlotte in particular. Back after a winter absence was Chloe Cartmell, who won the U20 Shot-putt, was second at Discus and powered through to finish 3rd in the 100m. Sophie Smyth was in the points and Sam Wright was up in age groups this year and found the competition tough, but he still managed to get himself into the scoring zone in the Javelin and in the Long Jump.
We also managed to put a couple of relay teams out, which is very unusual for us. The U13 girls and the U20 women both scored valuable club points and enjoyed the excitement of the relay event. If you check out the league tables Ellenborough Girls team is lying second behind Seaton who are a massive club compared to us. This shows the quality of the athletes within the Ellenborough squad. For a small club like ours to hold such a high standing in the girls section is a tribute to those young ladies. The boys team have quality too, but we don’t have enough of them to compete with the bigger clubs on league standings.
Clare Rodger, Amelia Metcalf and Natasha Stannet were part of the u13 relay team with Kate Southwell, they did very well to score valuable points for the club.
Well done to these three Ellenborough girls.
Anyway, thanks again to all of you. I’ll send you all a Cumbria League points by athlete record sheet when I get it worked out. It is good to know where you stand, as we have a trophy for this at the Annual Presentation night.