H of E Match 3 – Tilsley Park, 5 July 2015

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.

The under 17 men won 16 events out a possible 20 and they achieved their second club record in a week in the 4x100m relay. Ryan Craze (10.9s) and Matthew Johnson (11.1s) destroyed the field in the 100m with wins in both strings. Matthew Johnson followed this up with a relatively easy win in the 200m (23.0s) supported by Matty Ellacott with a B string win (23.4s). Harry New took ¾ second off his best to win the 400m in 55.0s. Harry and Sam Way had the race of the day in the 100m hurdles, both recording the same time (15.6s), Harry only winning by throwing himself at the line! Sam then jumped an impressive 6.29m to win the Long Jump by 90cm. With Jonah Hitchings and Edward Groenbech contributing wins and points, this is a truly impressive group of athletes.

Not to be outdone by their male counterparts, Radley’s U17 women won 15 events from the possible 20. This age group allows for older athletes to fill gaps in the U17 squads, and Kat Ellis, Jess Anstice and Paula Woodland were drafted in, and contributed 5 wins between them. Steph Mott achieved two substantial personal bests, and wins, in the 100m (13.3s) and 300m (44.0s). English Schools bound Alice Hopkins had three victories in the Hurdles (11.7s), High Jump (1.50m) and 200m (27.2s). With Luisa Chantler Edmond easily won the shot, and Faith Brew and Katrina Hull contributed good victories towards this age group’s substantial win.

Just five boys were available in the U15 boys competition, yet they still managed to win their age group by 8 points. Sam Nelson gained three new personal bests in 100m (12.8s), 200m (26.3s) and shot (6.73m). Rory Sear went close to matching that, with 3 A string sprint wins, including 2 new pb’s (100m 12.3s, and 300m 41.4s). Oscar Charter and Adam Blackwell provided further points, and Brett Halsey contributed with a leg in the relay.

The under 15 girls stormed to victory in a highly competitive age group. Tori Harte lowered her personal best in the 200m to 28.7s to win the B string, and Leah Brown set new bests in the 100m (13.3s) and 200m (27.8s). Eden Bridges Martin took 0.3s off her previous best in the 100m, and Sasha Palfreyman improved her 800m time by more than a second. Rachel Burton and Millie Tomlin both won their strings in the 1500m, with Rachel also winning the B string discus. Ella Lovibond and Petrina Chantler Edmond mopped up the rest of the throws, whilst Hannah Mott and Livi Barnes provided valuable support.

Five U13 boys worked hard to produce results and come in second in the age group. Rowan Miell Ingram came away with two personal bests in the 200m (30.7s) and 1500m (5:18.7) showing his versatility, with Dylan Bromley improving his 200m time to 31.8s. Sprinter Finn McCann demonstrated his adaptability by covering 800m, shot and long jump. Alex Bosley won his long jump and discus, with James Behling contributing in the 800m and relay.

A great group of under 13 girls produced a number of best performances, including first time league athlete Lauren Tripp taking third place in her first ever high jump (1.15m) and second place in the 200m (31.1s). Marina Semple improved her hurdles time by 0.5s (14.0s), and Millie Brew set a new pb in the discus (11.27m).Erin McMillan, Lucy Kitching, Madison Hurley and Isobel Miller all contributed valuable points which helped the Club to an emphatic victory.

Carl Pinder

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