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Tuesday 26th July 2022

Three of the Club’s young athletes gained their County vests at the match in Kingston upon Thames on Sunday. Representing Hertfordshire, Edythe Oughton was seventh in the A 100m – 14.54 and fourth in the B 70H – 12.77. Fred Dilley placed sixth in the A 800m – 2.33.28. Theo Prinsloo was third in the B Discus – 18m47.

Twenty Eight SNHAC Vets/Seniors/U20/U17 Athletes covered as many events as possible on Saturday to ensure a healthy points score and match result in the Southern Athletic League. League leaders Brighton and Hove won with 234 Points, SNHAC 208, Havering 196 and Ryston 94.
In the women’s competition U17’s Lucy Baverstock and Corazon Da’silva won A and B 200m – 27.16 and 27.90. Aimie Taylor won the PV -2m80. Kerry Murch won the A SP, DT, JT and B HT- 10m55, 32m02, 38m and 26m89. Kerry also came 2nd the 400H and B 110H. Libby Taylor won the A HT B SP and DT. Jenny Cotter won the B 2k SC having run 100m, 1500m and 3000m.
In the men’s competition U20 Jacob Kinchin-Smith ran a PB of 22.2 to win the 200m. There were A string wins in the PV and LJ for Dylan Baines -3m40 and 6m31. Chris Westcott won the B 1500m, Adam Searle the B 400H and 2k SC and Bobby Pitman B PV. It was lovely to see Oscar Jopp dropping in during his 12 day visit from the USA, putting on a Club Vest and competing in the JT, DT and SP. Contributing to the great team effort were Alex Pickard, Adam Price, Rhys Williams, Prince Onwuegbuzie, Jake Sutton, Jamie Joseph, Tyler Wannerton, William Galliford, Barry Mainstone, Steve Feely, Steve Mayfield, Shannon Rapacchi, Kirsten Morley, Sandra Reed and Chris Feely. Many thanks to all the Clubs volunteers who helped with officiating, photo finish, results, refreshments and Ray from SBC who ensured the stadium was in tip top condition and worked tirelessly through the day.
In another first for the Club results were processed remotely. Results manager Paul Morris tested positive for COVID during the week so using the Clubs WiFi, results were sent to Paul at home from the photo finish area. Match results were available at the end and could be accessed via a QR code on the Club’s Facebook page.

Monday 18th July 2022

For the fourth time in a matter of weeks Jess Astill has set another Club U20 400m record. Running in the heats of the England Athletics U20/23 Championships Jess was second on Saturday in 54.45. In the final on Sunday 54.38 saw Jess finish fourth, also in action was U23 Libby Taylor who finished ninth in the Hammer recording 46m89.

Wednesday 13th July 2022

No shade, wall to wall sunshine, copious water intake and constant applications of suntan cream saw SNHACs young athletes enjoy an emphatic win at Cambridge on Sunday. The Club scored 638 points with Bedford and County in second with 376, Cambridge & Coleridge finished third. Full results on the website. Special thanks to the Club’s Officials Rhona Foster Track, Mike Gregory Timekeeper, Steve Feely and Dani Mainstone Field who spent 5 hours officiating in the heat, assisted by Paul and Caroline Keeble and those parents who volunteered to help. Orange and Black vests dominated with athletes recording 20 A string wins, 25 B string wins and winning 4 out of the 6 relays. Success followed success with personal best performances coming in nearly every event. U15 athletes Francesca Hart – 200m, 80H, LJ and Lily Cotter – SP, DT, HT moved up to U17 to support their team-mates (both recording PB’s in their chosen events) while Abigail Manson and Imogen Rose decided to run both the 800 & 1500m, gaining 11 points for the Club out of a possible 12. U17 athletes Bobby Pitman and Will Galliford returned from the ESAA Championships in Manchester Saturday to support the Club at Cambridge Sunday, with Bobby being rewarded with PB performances in both the 100 and 200m (11.4 and 23.2) along with a win in the DT. Will’s win in the 1500m being equally impressive. Team managers Libby Taylor and Shannon Rapacchi were delighted with everyone’s efforts. It looks increasingly likely that we will make the Top 8 final at Chelmsford on the 11th September. Please save the date. The last match is Sunday 14th August at Bedford.

Eight SNHAC athletes were in action at the English Schools Championships in Manchester on Thursday and Friday and a further 4 were representing Hertfordshire at the SEAA Senior/U20 Inter County at Oxford on Saturday.

Representing Cambridgeshire in Manchester, Jacob Kinchin-Smith ran a PB of 11.04 in his heat of the Senior Boys 100m and recorded 11.41 in the semi-final. Junior Boy Lewis Price (Hertfordshire) jumped a 5m75 PB in the long jump for 6th place. Also competing for Hertfordshire were Senior Ed Laws 400H, Inters Will Galliford 1500SC, Bobby Pitman DT, Lucy Baverstock TJ and Junior Tom Redfern 300m. Inter Annabel Howells was in action for Bedfordshire in the 300m.

Dylan Baines jumped a 6m46 PB for the senior men’s team in Oxford finishing fourth. U20 Jamie Joseph was 4th in the 100m 11.32 and 3rd in the 200m with 23.01 (both wind assisted PB’s), Jake Sutton ran a 16.37 PB in the 110H and U17 Isaac Whitten ran 11.00.07 in the U20 3000m Steeple Chase which is a Club U20 record.