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News: May 2023

Wednesday 31st May 2023

The second YDL Match of the season saw 21 athletes, supporting parents and a full team of officials travel to Kingston upon Thames on Bank Holiday Sunday.
The coach left Hertfordshire at 8.30am which proved a wise move. An easy journey saw the team arrive just after 10 with the first events starting at 11. Those travelling independently for later events saw the M25 live up to it’s nickname, ‘the largest car park in the world’, taking 2-3 hours for the journey and arriving after their first events had happened.
A warm day with a very stiff breeze saw some fine performances but personal bests were hard to come by, hampered by a strong cross wind, particularly evident in the Javelin.
The U17 and U20 men recorded 14 A string wins and 5 B. U20 Isaac Whitten gained 2 A and 1B 2000m SC, HJ and 400m, Jamie Joseph 1 A and 2B 100m, 200m and LJ, Jacob Kinchin Smith won the 200m and U17 Edward Turner stepped up an age group to win the A Javelin. U17 wins came from Jamie Timms 2 A wins in the 400H and JT, Ben Lewis 400m and TJ, Bobby Pitman 1 A and 1 B win in the discus and Javelin, Edward Turner in the A Hammer and 1 B wins from Kyle Gall Gray in the 200m. The U20 team won the 4x100m relay. In the girl’s competition there were wins for U17’s Abigail Manson 1500m and Lily Cotter Hammer and Shot.
Making up the team were U17’s Daniel Kanu 100m and Harrison Lund 800m and HJ, Tommy Cropley 1500, Esme Starkey 100m and LJ, Bailey Norton 100m, Kirsten Morley 300m, U20 Luka Rogers-Ezewuike in his first competition in Club colours, Annabel Howells 200m and Kachi Dike.
In the girl’s competition there were wins for U17’s Abigail Manson 1500m and Lily Cotter Hammer and Shot.
Team Manager Tallulah Taylor was delighted with the team’s performance and those athletes who competed in additional events to gain the team extra points.
SNHAC/HAWCS were the only Club with a full set of Officials gaining the team maximum Officials points (56). The team finished in second place behind host club Kingston with Guildford, Walton, Highgate Heathside and Holland Sports in third, fourth, fifth and sixth.
Full results on the Club’s website.

This year's Midweek 10k road running league got underway with a race from starting and finishing from our track at Ridlins. Over 500 runners took part with the course heading out along Broadhall Way to the foorball ground and then through the showground before a loop at the lakes allowed runners to sweep round and head for home. 16 SNHAC runners took park, the largest number for some years.

The club filled all 3 top places in the U20 men's category with Isaac Whitten first in 35 minutes 43 seconds (also 5th overall in division 3). Harrison Lund was second in 46.43 (87th overall) and Alex Pickard 3rd (50 minutes , 104th overall). In the U20 women Amelie Hobbs won in 44.03 (7th overall).

Isaac led the men's team home overall, followed by Chris Westcott who was also the winner in the V50 category (8th overall, 36.05). Next in was Adam Searle (39 minutes, 24th overall). Then it was Paul Spicer (41.31, 44th), Andy Robson (42.29, 52nd), Paul Murphy (44.29, 61st), Trevor Mason (47.53, 93rd), Phil Turner (52.54, 121st), Paul Pickard (54.05, 128th) and Bob Whitten (65.44, 140th).

For the women Amelie was joined by Alex Gates (45.55, 16th), Rebecca Pickard (51.00, 40th) and Colette Law (65.44, 74th). Overall the combined team came 7th.

As we were co-hosting the race a special thank you must go to those who gave up their evening to help marshal or manage the finish tunnel. These events just wouldn't be possible without you.

The next race is in Harpenden on Tuesday 6th June and we hope to see a good number of SNHAC runners in action again!

Wednesday 24th May 2023

Up against three of the largest Clubs in the east, eighty SNHAC/HAWCS members were in action at Stevenage on Sunday. The team was supported by 35 of the Clubs Officials, Volunteers, Committee Members were supported by willing parents who ensured things ran smoothly. Providing photo finish for an EYAL League Match (generally reserved for finals only) was much appreciated by all the Clubs.
Wins were difficult to come by and Club members fought hard for every point.
U13 Girl Riley McNally came third in the 100m 14.29 and Priscilla Tebenderana won the B in 14.46. U15 Rose Cook was fifth in the 100m 13.5 with Emily Rapley first B 13.19. There was a win in U17 pole vault competition from U15 Abigail Tong, clearing 2m10.
U15 Milan Snarskis won the Hammer 33m28. U17 Edward Turner won his hammer competition 28m31 and there were B string wins for Ted Starkins 400m and Jack Thompson 800m.
Performance of the day came from U17 Jamie Timms who finished second in a high-class Javelin competition with a throw of 49m24 breaking the Clubs age group Javelin record.
which had stood since 2015.
We finished fourth with Chelmsford winning the match.
Team managers Melissa and Libby were delighted with the team’s performance and are looking forward to the next match at Peterborough on the 2nd July.
Full results are on the Clubs website.

Twelve SAL athletes travelled to St Ives on Saturday for the first SAL Match of the season. With a depleted team and lots of blanks on the team sheet, the magnificent dozen filled every event possible and scrapped for every place/point. Team manager Rhys Samuels had an epic 519 mile journey (rail strikes) to get to and from St Ives and a last minute dash by time keeper Nick Ward ensured the Club gained full points for Officials. Alan Ephgrave starting an epic three days as lead Field (EYAL Sunday and Vets Monday) with Bob Whitten, Phil and Julie Laws, Alison Barber and Libby Taylor making up the Field Team and Rhona Foster as Track Judge.
Leading the quest for points Dylan Baines did 6 events winning B string 110H and TJ after gashing a leg open with his spikes while high jumping where he finished second clearing 1m70. He was also second in the LJ with 6m21 and was part of the winning 4x100m team 46.6 (with Ed, Jacob and Rhys), and took part in the SP. Jacob Kinchin-Smith U20 did 4 events, second in the 200m 22.3, 400m 51.4 and TJ 11m82. Ed Laws U20 won the 110H 17.3, was second in the 400H and won the B long jump. Rhys competed in the 100m, 200m and SP, Isaac Whitten U20 in the 400m and HJ and Jake Anderson in the 1500m.
Annabel Howells U20 won the 400m 61.2. Libby Taylor won the HT 45m48, was second in the DT 28m05 and third in shot and second in B Javelin. Vet Sandra Reed won the B TJ and competed in the 100m, 200m and DT. U20 Kachi Dike U20 was second in A TJ, having never competed at the event 8m74, third in the A Javelin and won the B 200 and SP. Vet Chris Feely competed in the 400m, 800m and 2k steeple chase and Martina Barber competed in the 100m and LJ.
Full results in Results

Monday 22nd May 2023

Competing at the Loughborough International, U20 Jess Astill was promoted to the GB senior team for her first senior vest. She came 6th in the 400m with a season’s best of 55.29. T47 Rebecca Scott was also in action coining 4th in her 100m race in 14.03