Friday, 17 June 2016

Friday, 17th June

Senior Sussex Regional Athletics Meeting

More than 20 children qualified for this year's Sussex Regional Athletics competition but because the event fell during half term, few were able to attend. Five children did make the journey to the K2 and there were some notable performances. Theo ran a personal best of 5.32.00 in the U13 1500m. Daniel came fourth in the U13 shot and David threw a personal best of 9.55m in the U14 category. David also ran superbly in the 100m heats to qualify for the final and ultimately be placed 6th.  All good preparation for next week's match at Brambletye.  VM

Monday, 15 June 2015

Hurst Annual Prep Schools’ Athletics Meeting

The junior regionals for the U10 and U11 age group is always a highly competitive event and this year was no different.    Max, Josh, Vlad, Elicia, Tallulah and Adel were selected to take part but we struggled to make much impact in a very strong field.   The most notable performance came from Max in the 1500m.  He was placed 7th overall but he ran twenty seconds quicker than his personal best to clock 6.04.31s.  In the long jump, both Vlad and Tallulah were successful in making it into the top eight, securing them a fourth attempt.   They both came 7th in the end. 

With lots of space to run around in, a tuck shop selling the world’s longest candy snakes and plenty of sunshine to soak up, the athletics was pretty secondary to these little ones anyway…. We had a thoroughly lovely day out!  VM

Friday, 19 June 2015

Sussex Regional Athletics Competition – K2 Crawley

It is with nervous anticipation that Ashdown’s top athletes approach the annual Sussex Regionals event.   Months of training leading to one competition and one opportunity to perform.    After a long day at the K2 stadium in Crawley, we could not be more delighted with the achievements of our twenty-one participants. 

Carmen                BRONZE,  a new school record and personal best -  U13 girls’ 300m (49.61s)

 Josh B                  BRONZE - U14 boys’ discus (24.10m)

Edouard               SILVER and a personal best  – U13 boys’ 300m (46.31s)

Edouard               SILVER – U13 boys’ triple jump (9.14m)

Phoebe                SILVER and a personal best – U14 girls’ 200m (29.06s)

Phoebe                SILVER and a personal best – U14 girls’ triple jump (8.79m)

Josh B                   SILVER – U14 boys’ shot put (9.85m)

Lily                          GOLD and a personal best – U12 girls’ triple jump (7.80m)

David                     GOLD and a personal best – U13 boys’ shot put (8.83m)

It was a great day for Ashdown as a team and for individuals.  Many of those who were placed outside the top three still achieved personal bests.  In the U12 age group, Sonia qualified for the 200m finals with a time of 32.57s and she was placed 5th overall.   Fedor came a whisker short of the school record in the 300m  with a time of 49.51s.   In the U13s, Arthur threw the discus 19.56m and Ana was placed 5th in the triple jump with 8.20m.  In the U14 age group, Etienne ran the 1500m in 5.32.62s and Loren was placed 5th in the javelin with 23.21m.  

David will now progress into the National Prep Schools’ Athletics Competition which will take place on 24th June at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.  Josh and Phoebe have qualified to represent Sussex in this event too but due to an important rite of passage (the leavers’ trip to Cornwall!) they will not be able to attend.   

With one more athletics match to come, can Carmen break her 300m record for a fourth time?  Can Phoebe run the 200m in under 29s? We will have to wait and see… VM

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Tonbridge Trophy Athletics Meeting

Twenty-two athletes competed in this year’s Tonbridge Trophy with Ashdown being placed 11th out of 16 schools overall.   The format of the meeting, with its mixed gender events, meant an uphill struggle for the girls but we had some fantastic individual successes during the afternoon.

In the U12 age group, Myles won his heat in the 70m hurdles but unfortunately his time was not quick enough to qualify for the final.   Roland equalled his personal best of 1.20m in the high jump and George came 7th in a large field of javelin throwers with a distance of 18.75m. 

In the U14 age group, Josh won a silver medal in the shot put with a distance of 10.00m and Marcus won bronze in the 300m.  Marcus shaved three seconds off his personal best and in doing so, set a new school record of 45.0s.   Carmen, who holds the U12 and U13 school records for 300m, improved on her personal best too with a time of 50.8s.  This bodes well for Friday’s regionals as she ran this super quick time having just completed a gruelling 800m race.   In the 75m hurdles, Phoebe made her mark as the only girl to qualify for the finals.  She was placed 4th overall, just pipped on the line, but this is a tremendous achievement nonetheless.   At the high jump, both Tise and Edouard jumped personal bests of 1.30m and 1.35m respectively. 

All in all, we had a wonderful afternoon.  The children were impeccably behaved and they showed great sportsmanship throughout.   We appreciated the opportunity to use such wonderful facilities and are now looking forward to the Sussex Regionals later this week.  VM