AL - ICE
Alice Hopkins suffered a really bad knee injury at the Radley AC Champs on the 13 Sept. The injury was so bad it was Tuesday before she could walk and at this point all hope of competing at this years ESAA combined events final went straight out of the window. After 2 intensive physio sessions and a basic training tester on Thursday she decided, unbelievably, it was going to be possible to compete.
Commitment, dedication and perseverance are not things you can buy and apply like ointments or tonics. They come along with disappointment and are the stuff that make us great. After the near misses of the UK Nationals last weekend at Bedford where Luisa Chantler came 4th in both the u17 shot and discus and Alice Hopkins came 5th in the 80mt hurdles and had the bronze medal, in the long jump. Snatched from her grasp by the very last jump of the competition – it would be natural to feel somewhat downhearted.
Entries for our Club Championships taking place on 13 September 2015 have now closed, thank you to everyone who has entered.
A confirmed final timetable will be made available here shortly. A provisional timetable can be downloaded here.
We are running a raffle on the day and any donation of raffle prizes would be much appreciated.
Following Radley's strong finish to the season at both senior and master level there is a recent newspaper article summarising some of our athletes' performances. The article can be viewed here.
Our juniors have their last league match on 6 September at Banbury – good luck.
There will be a relay marathon on Sunday 22 November 2015 at the Roger Bannister Running Track, Iffley Road, Oxford. It is open to all OAN clubs and will be a major fund-raiser for the network YDL team. This event isn't just for middle distance runners: sprinters, throwers, parents, friends and coaches are all welcome as it’s also a charity event!
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.