08:30PM, Thursday 15 July 2021
This weekend it was the boys' turn to get back to the track with their first Alder Valley competition in Eton. The team was a mix of boys who have competed on the track before plus boys who are new to the club and track competitions.
It was William, Caden, Lukas and Henry's first time competing in the u11 category. If they were nervous, it didn't show but their determination did and they were rewarded with their first-time PBs and targets to aim for and improve next time.
Newcomers Josh, Amogh and Seb felt really welcome and part of the u13 team. The exciting thing about being in this category is that there are lots of new events to try that they didn't get to do as u11. The track event distances are longer too but none of this phased the boys and they were determined to set solid first-time PBs.
Josh (shot put and javelin), Seb (75m and 800m) and Amogh (75m, long jump and 150m) all competed with smiles on their faces and have set themselves some good targets for next time. Harry and Michael Brown, who were also last minute replacements in the 75m and 150m which are not their events of choice but they earned valuable points for the team by stepping out of their comfort zone.
Notable performances were Robert in the javelin who came close with 3cm off 1st, Stevie in the 800m, who went off maybe a bit too fast but dug in and hung on for a decent 2:38 mins, and the 4x100m relay team of Gabrielle, Robert, Amogh and Stevie who had some slick changeovers despite never having run as a relay team before.
With the exception of club stalwarts Callum, Jack and Rhys the rest of this u15 team only joined the club just
before the first lockdown so hadn't yet had the chance to compete on the track.
The day had an interesting start for Yuvraj and Max who arrived only to be asked by Leila if they would be willing to try the 80m hurdles. They didn't hesitate in saying yes and managed to finish 3rd and 2nd in the A and B string.
Connor hurt his foot in the lead up to the competition so although he couldn't run he was able to do shot, discus and javelin. Like Robert, he had his first discus training session the evening before and threw it a very respectable 15.37m.
Rhys had a busy day competing in 100m, 300m and the relay, Keshav competed in the 200m and long jump, and both boys have got some good first time PBs to improve upon going forwards.
Callum and Jack had a battle royale with each other in the long jump eventually both jumping the exact same distance of 5.04m and winning both the A and B string.
The coaches are really proud of all the boys and Leila is very grateful for the hard work of all the coaches to have enabled the boys to achieve what they did after only being back training for three months.
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