Radley’s senior team travelled to its final SAL match in Dartford on Sat 20 Aug.
Lack of availability of athletes meant the team was only 16 athletes strong (including 6 masters athletes) across both genders and this was therefore always going to be a struggle to fill every event (2 per event) against the top 2 teams in the league. Despite this the athletes there covered as much as they could and rallied around, showing great team spirit to muster as many points as possible. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the team came 4th on the day with only 143 points.
At the u15/u17 South of England Champs Holly Griffiths-Brown landed the Gold medal in the u15 girls triple jump. As Holly took her first jump it was evident that the competition was over as she landed a 10.58mt jump - this was up in the top 5 jumps in the country this year and shocked the other competitors who never recovered. No one could respond and Holly just got better and better as the rounds went on.
A fantastic day for Radley athletes at the final YDL fixture of 2016 as part of the Team Oxfordshire composite team.
The highlight of the day was from U20 Tom Anstice who achieved a massive pb throwing the javelin 64.18m. This was an huge improvement from his previous best of 55.80m and means a seasons improvement (so far) of over 11m. Not only was this a pb but also a CR and moves Tom up to 7th on the UK rankings. Tom also won the shot with a pb of 11.04 and won the discus with 29.54.
8 Radley athletes had entered this year’s SEAA Combined Events Championships, with every expectation of 3 of them taking a medal.
Regrettably the attrition rate meant that no medals were forthcoming.
Day one – Saturday the 16 July started badly as Adela Hussain (SW) had to pull out before the competition started with a damaged foot. With Pakistan internationals to prepare for this was a precaution we had to take to ensure she is in good shape in Oct/Nov.
A fantastic team effort saw Radley’s senior team clinch 2nd place in their penultimate fixture of the season behind a very strong home TVH team.
A team of just 23 athletes travelled to London and faced some in form teams in this 4th SAL fixture. The athletes rallied around and filled as many events as they could on the day and despite a few mishaps (a DQ, a hamstring injury and a no-height) they still managed 2nd place. The best performance of the day came from Alex Meill-Ingram who broke the U20 3000m CR to clock 9.36.9 for 2nd place in the B string. Interestingly, the previous record holder, Stuart Ferguson was also in the race and won the A string in 9.04.1. Stuart also won the 800m in 1.58.7.
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15 very committed Oxfordshire athletes striving to get through the regional round, of this year's, ESAA combined events (Midland Div) to secure a place in the national finals in September at Exeter.
Some athletes were quite experienced whilst 6 athletes were making their debuts including the entire u15 boys team.
On 18-19 June, 4 Radley athletes took part in the U20 national championships at Bedford.
Kathryn Woodcock and Luisa Chantler Edmund competed in the U20 womens' discus. After a consistent series of throws over 44m Kathryn finished the competition with a new personal best and club record of 45.89m to finish the competition in the silver medal position behind Divine Oladipo (Blackheath) who threw a UK lead distance of over 48m.