Five athletes from Radley AC travelled to Lyon in France for the Masters World Championships.
O35 Ben Owen competing in his first ever masters international proved his worth, in the heats of the 100m he ran 11.24 and in the semi final ran 11.37 finishing 10th overall. Then in the 200m he won his heat in 22.47 and in the semi was 2nd with 22.44 before finishing 4th in the final 22.37. He then finished off the champs as part of the 4 x 100m relay team winning a bronze medal.
Radley travelled to Perivale for its final SAL fixture of 2015 with just 23 athletes (depleted due to the SEAA U17 championships, holidays, work & family commitment and injuries).
Despite the numbers, the Radley athletes rallied as usual, showing great team spirit and commitment to win the match by a huge margin. Radley 1st with 238, host Club Ealing in 2nd 178.
The long haul to Ashford for the Southern Champs is always tiring and was doubly so this year with athletes in the first event on both days. A 5 o’clock wake up call followed by a 2 hour+ drive there and then a 3 hour+ drive back (both days!! – thanks M25!!) would inevitably take its toll you would think. NOT SO - Championships are fast becoming de rigueur for Alice Hopkins and Luisa Chantler Edmond.
Paula Owen’s preparations for the World Masters Championships could not have gone any better after she became a double British champion at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on 25 - Sun 26 July 2015. Owen won the W35 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles at the British Masters Championships. She set a season’s best of 67.04secs in the 400m hurdles, more than seven seconds ahead of Katherine Wellam of Sale Harriers Manchester. Owen will now compete at the world championships in Lyon, France, which begins on Tuesday, August 4.
Clubmate Lyn Ahmet claimed gold in the W60 triple jump and silver in the long jump.
Following the cessation of work to place a 3G pitch in the centre of the track the Club have been working with the sports governing bodies (UKA/EA) and Sport England in order to resolve the issues of the planning application and the negative impact of this on our sport/club.
There has been significant correspondence between the above parties and Sport England has been liaising with the Council on our behalf. There are some remaining disagreements between the Council and Sport England.
Golden Girl Alice takes Bedford by Storm
With the English Schools behind us it was time to get back to the pentathlon/heptathlon with a chance to put some silverware on the mantel!
The u15 Girls Pentathlon saw Tori Harte and Petrina Chantler Edmond taking on 22 opponents for the SEAA title. Little did we know that Tori was bursting to attack the 5 events as she threw herself into the first event registering her first 75 hurdle pb since the opening meet in Swindon back in April. 12.23 sec was to prove just the start of what was to be an amazing day for her. Meanwhile Petrina who had had a nasty shock in the long jump having to put a safe 4.37 mts in to save herself from not registering a point, also registered an electronic 12.91 sec hurdles pb.
The Club has been working with the athletics governing bodies and Sport England and this has led to discussions with the Council. The Council have advised the school (late yesterday) that no work should be started until the issues raised by Sport England are resolved. Thank you to all athletes and parents etc who have raised individual concerns with the Council and others. Your support is appreciated and has added weight to the Club's formal actions.
Died 0340 on Thursday 9 July 2015 at home aged 80.
Charles was involved in sport generally for over 65 Years. After playing amateur football for 20 years, he found himself joining his wife in athletics, and supported her in the administrative side of the sport.
He spent 10 years as Committee Member for Oxford Ladies AC, as treasurer, chairman, coach and qualified as a timekeeper.
In 1972 he left Oxford Ladies with his wife (Eileen) to start Radley Ladies AC. He served 2 years as treasurer and then 24 years as chairman of the club.
Radley Promoted In Style!
With victories across four of the six scoring age groups in the final league match, Radley’s athletes topped the results on the day, and made it 3 out of 3 wins over the season. Whilst elevation to Division 2 was likely before this match, a brilliant set of results ensured a second consecutive season of promotion. Many personal bests were achieved, and a favourable wind contributed to good times on the shorter sprints.