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.
The ESAA Regional Combined Events competition takes place at Derby on the weekend
of 25-26 June. Expectations are high for the 3 complete teams (U15 girls and boys and the U17 women). These 12 athletes along with 2 U17 men 1 U19 man and U19 woman all have realistic expectations of making the national combined events finals in Exeter in September.
The U15 girls are all Radley athletes, Zoe Lovibond, Holly Griffiths-Brown, Kylah Rowlands and Matilda Donaghy. All the girls are in great shape and many PBs are expected in the competition.
The first Oxon league match of the year was on 30 April at Horspath, Oxford. Well done to all our athletes who competed, match results are attached. The next two matches are on 14 August (Banbury) and 4 September (Horspath).
Luisa Goes Big!!
Ambition is important in all walks of life but without the relevant skills and experience very often we fail to meet the standards we set ourselves. Exposure to higher and higher competitions, club, county, regional, and national are all steps on the road toward meeting your international aspirations. However, delivery on each of the stages is quite a different aspect of experience – in other words it’s one thing to desire success and yet another to achieve it.