SEAA Combined Events - Horspath, 16/17 July 2016

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.

So it was that the U15 girls, Holly Griffiths-Brown, Kylah Rowlands and Matilda Donaghy had to start on their pentathlon quest first with Kylah and Matilda both setting PB’s and Holly, after scaring us all with 2 no jumps, pulling out a great leap just 6cms short of hers. Meanwhile in the U20 women’s hurdles Alice Hopkins lead the women home with another fine performance against a strong gusty headwind. Next up the u17 women, Petrina Chantler Edmond and Tori Harte did the 80mt hurdles both having a small blip and getting slower times than they wanted.

Next up the u15 Girls moved on to their 75mt hurdles and astonishingly still up against a strong headwind all had tremendous PB’ with Matilda knocking a full second off her previous best. Kylah was now on a roll with 2 PBs from 2 events and Holly was not to be left behind getting the fastest of the 3 times.

All was not well however as Matilda limped back to the start and we soon found she was unable to continue as her foot had been caught on hurdle 6. Meanwhile Alice was at the high jump where 1.55mts was the best she could conjure up having had a distressing couple of weeks with injury and a lack of training. Petrina and Tori followed in the high jump and both set about making up for the disappointment of the hurdles. Tori set a new pb and Petrina was back in the shape she set her pb last year.

U15 girls moved on to the shot with Kylah again setting new figures and Holly putting up her respectable norm. They were followed by Alice who launched a10.21 mt putt to keep her in second spot in the heptathlon. Petrina and Tori followed suit and both delivered good shot performances.

Holly then copied Petrinas high jump effort and moved to within a whisker of jumping her pb. Kylah had a respectable jump just short of her effort from Derby 2 weeks ago at 1.44mts.

The final event on day one for the U17 and u20 women is the 200mts – this would prove the undoing of Alice who despite running a great race again against a forceful headwind had to pull out of the competition as she injured her foot crossing the line. Tori and Petrina had respectable runs but they finished the day well down the order.

The u15 girls completed their days work with the 800 mts- Holly was out of sorts and didn’t do as well as she is capable of whilst Kylah finished a great day getting within an ace of her pb. Both girls set new total point marks and Holly set a new Radley club record.

Day 2

With Alice out and the u15 girls finished it was the turn of the u15 boy! Theo Williams was our entry but unfortunately he never made it past the carpark as he was violently ill and rushed back home to bed. Disaster followed disaster as Petrina pulled a thigh muscle in attempting the long jump and so had to stop her competition. So it was down to Tori to complete the day as the LAST MAN STANDING for Radley! She did not disappoint coming from an overnight 12th place to finish 6th. Her day started well with a solid 4.60mt long jump. This was quickly followed by a huge 30.32mts javelin and the whole day was topped off with a fantastic 2.37min 800 mts. This meant she increased her points total over her existing PB by 800 points and showed just how much she had put into her training since early June – a well deserved 6th spot that sets her up well for the Nationals in Exeter in September – could we see 4000pts?

So of the 8 original entrants only 3 actually completed – we also had more bad news as both Jade O’Dowda (OCAC) and Jack Spencer (Great Milton) suffered injuries that put the whole Oxfordshire multi team under a cloud as we look for the 9 athletes who have gained a spot at the nationals to represent us will clearly need some TLC if they are to be ready for September.

Pete O’Keefe