EA Indoor Championships U15/17/20, Sheffield – 13/14 Feb 2016

BIG FISH BIG POND

You can be a big fish in a small pond for your athletic career, but the only people who will remember are you and your Mum/Dad! If your going to progress and go up the rankings you have to test yourself against the best the UK has to offer. A strong contingent of Radley athletes set off for Sheffield to perform in the individual indoor event championships. At stake would be gaining great experience, personal bests, final placings, potential medals and an opportunity to be that big fish.

Tilsley Park Developments Progress

We recently met with Abingdon School for an update on the Tilsley Park developments and can report:

  • The development work is currently on schedule
  • Several small issues affecting the Club have been resolved as they have arisen
  • Our throws groups have been made separate arrangement with Abingdon School
  • All necessary conditions/approvals have now been received/resolved in respect of the new throws area
  • The bar area which is currently not in use is to be completed shortly
  • The School have put a noticeboard in reception which will keep users updated on progress and developments so keep an eye on that.

Upcoming Officials Courses

Oxfordshire AA are planning to run Level 2 courses on:

Sunday 17 April, at Horspath Road - Health & Safety
Sunday 17 April, at Horspath Road - Track
Sunday 24 April, at Iffley Road - Photo Finish

In addition, there are L2 modules running at TVAC, Eton on 28 February, in Track, Field and Timekeeping.

For the latter two disciplines, these are likely to be the nearest opportunities now available before the summer season.
All these and other course details are on the England Athletics website (Volunteers - Officials - Courses).

SEAA Indoor Champs U20 Women – Lee Valley, 17 Jan 2016

As a first year u20 women Alice Hopkins and Luisa Chantler Edmond went to this years championships on a bit of a learning curve. Both had older more experienced opposition but undaunted they set about trying to recreate last years medal haul of 3 medals (as u17 athletes). Luisa had set her eyes firstly on both a pb and a Radley club record. After a week of training in freezing conditions when to be honest shot putting was a nightmare she opened with an equal to her pb of 11.56mts.

Presentation Evening

The Club is holding its annual presentation evening on Saturday 23rd January at Drayton Village Hall. Please come and join us for this fun social evening, taking this opportunity to mix socially with other athletes, their families, our coaches and other volunteers.

The evening starts at 6.30pm – there will be a disco, bar and raffle (any donations to the raffle prizes would be greatly appreciated - please see Annalise) and will include the presentation of the Clubs 2015 trophies.

Tickets are available from Annalise on training nights - £3 per ticket or £10 per family.

Drugs in Sport

In light of the recent media attention with regards to drugs cheats in sports globally, the Club felt it would be useful to provide some information to support athletes and parents.

General Principles

Younger athletes and their parents should not be unduly worried about the threat of drug testing unless they are competing at championship events but it’s useful to know the principles for when you/your child develops in the sport.

Athletes are fully responsible for what they put in to their bodies.

SEAA Indoor Individual Champs U15/U17 – Lee Valley, 10 Jan 2016

5 Athletes – Petrina Chantler Edmond, Steph ward, Ollie Stacey, Blake Strickland-Bennet and Holly Griffiths-Brown pitted themselves against the best in the south of England at the indoor championships.

Petrina did the long jump (4.55mts) 200 (28.18sec) and the 60 mt hurdles (10.23sec) a very solid set of performances but no pbs. Steph Ward on the other hand had a huge pb in the 60 hurdles getting her 11.0sec time down to 10.53sec.

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