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UK Youth Development League 2015


18 July 2015 - U13/15 -  Croydon

Full results here...

Sorry for the delay in getting this report out.

The final UKYDL fixture was a local match at our Neighbours, Croydon Harriers track but looked more reminiscent of a building site than a running track!

However, this didnít stop our U13 and U15 athletes from producing some terrific performances that saw us just miss winning on the day by two and half points but left us firmly on top of the league for the season.

We can now rightly call ourselves Southern Champions.

Our reward for this is a trip to Birmingham to contest the National final on September 5th 2015.

Tareq Bannour and Kyron Morgan dominated the sprints winning both A and B string 100m and 200m.

Tareq ran a fabulous PB in the 200m dipping under 26 for the first time, clocking 25.90 and wasn't far off his best in the 100m despite straining a muscle in the 100m. As a precaution Tareq stepped down from the relay but with our current talent, filling the space was no problem.

Kyron also ran a fabulous new best in the 200m clocking 26.40, was only 0.1sec off his best in the 100m, put the shot a big 9.70cm just a few cms off his best and ran a strong leg in the relay.

Alex Sibley made his National league debut running a great personal best and coming 2nd in the B string 800m.

Jake Leng also posted a new PB in the A string 800m, albeit only 0.01 sec.

Thomas Penlington continues to impress placing a fantastic 2nd in a tough 1500m A string and slicing a massive 8sec off his best time.

Ethan Kitteridge had his usual busy day but as ever proves to be a team player through and through. Third in the B string 1500m, a new best of 19.93 in the javelin followed by 1.30 in the high jump rounded off his day.

Jacob Byfield also had a busy day standing in for Tareq in the relay but not before running a rapid 13.76 PB in the hurdles, breaking 14 seconds for the first time, equalling his PB in the high jump and jumping over 4m in the long jump.

Michael Burfoot had a great day winning the B string shot, just a few cms short of his best but smashed his javelin best by over 3m, throwing 21.84.

Archie Shipley jumped himself to well inside the top 100 in the country with a big 4.58cm to place second in the A string long jump. Archie also equalled his PB in the hurdles and ran a quick leg in the relay.

Leo McCallum ran a new PB in the 100m, getting closer and closer to the elusive 14 sec barrier and ran a quick leg in the 4 x 100m relay team.

Brandon Back had a baptism of fire making his club debut in a National league fixture but wasn't daunted by the occasion running a respectable 2:46, very good in his first major race.

Many thanks go to Nic Corry who managed the team on the day (despite being temporarily side tracked by the global warming debate!), Paul Byfield for drilling the relay team and generally ensuring the boys got to their start positions on time, Mark Purser for making the phone call that also ensured our two sprinters didnít miss their race and to all the coaches who voluntarily gave up more of their time to support our athletes including Steve Timmins, Herbie Kuenstlinger, John Wakeman, Keith Liston and Jay Galley (who also takes all the great photos on our website). Thanks also to Rod Harrington who also takes many of our great photos.

Mick Jones, coach to many of the middle distance athletes was frustrated twice on his bike journey to Croydon, struck down with not one but two punctures. Mick didnít have the level of support the tour de France teams have and so had to walk home and follow the action via twitter!

Great also to have track manger Ken Daniels there to support the team but I think the prospect of seeing a rival track at less than its best was enough to put a smug smile all over his face!

Looking forward to the National Final, where we hope to improve on our great second position last year!

Paul Austridge


UK YDL Match 4 Ė Croydon Arena

The final YDL match of the season was held at the building site also known as Croydon Arena, almost a home match (distance wise) for a lot of the team. We knew that we needed to finish in the top four on the day to qualify for the trip to Birmingham in early September but equally could not afford to be complacent.

We had a number of athletes missing due to holiday and then had a number of late withdrawals due to injury which caused a fair amount of team reconfiguration in the days before the event.

Once again, all of the athletes gave their all for the vest with a number of personal bests which is all I can ask for. We performed well in the jumps, particularly the long jump and pole vault with yet another outstanding performance in the high jump where we had a double first with Rico and Pedro combining well in an exciting competition.

The throws were also a highlight with Angus and Nor throwing well in the javelin whilst James was at his imperious best in the hammer and discus. Tom and Peter gained good points in the shot and Cameron filled in the gaps left by Charlie and Nathan who were both on holiday.

On the track we had a challenging day in the sprints where Vishnu had to pull out die to an ankle injury. Myles and Lewis competed well in the 100m and were both rewarded with personal best performances. Ben and Tom ran well in the 200m although this resulted in Ben aggravating a thigh injury where he had to sit out the rest of the day. This gave Tom the opportunity to compete in the 300m where he ran strongly, a great day for him all in all.

The other Ben also ran strongly in the 300m running close to his best. The hurdles saw Caelan competing well but unluckily hitting a hurdle really hard which cost him a couple of places. Rico ran a very strong race and took almost another second off his best time.

In the middle distance events, Angus and Robert ran strong races. Angus showed terrific versatility to dominate his 800m leading from gun to tape whilst Robert showed what an asset he will be next season in the B strong. In the 1500 Peter and Joseph ran in a very competitive race with the boys from Reading taking on the field from the gun.

The points position was eagerly listened to over the course of the afternoon. Were we doing enough to guarantee out place in Birmingham? As the day progressed it became clear that the league title would be heading to either Blackheath or Southampton. We were ahead for much of the day but it increasingly looked like the relays would decide who won the match.

All I could do was support out boys. Nigel has been fantastic in helping the boys get the baton round the track. After a disqualification a few matches ago the quality of changes in the 4 x 100m has improved beyond all recognition and the same applied today. The quartet ran the best time of the season and looked very impressive.

The final event of the day was the 4 x 300m. Would we complete the day with a victory? Robert ran the first leg with a Southampton runner just in front of him. As he neared the changeover zone he spotted a gap which allowed Angus the change to pull away which he continued to do for the remainder of his leg when he handed over to George who had a 15m lead. George continued to build on this and handed over to Ben B who ran hard to give us a victory by a good 60m.

We waited anxiously for the final results to be announced to discover that we had finished second to Southampton on the day by a mere 2 Ĺ points but had done enough to win the overall league title Ė a terrific performance. Thank you to Croydon harriers for putting the event on and good luck in your new club house next season.

I would like to thank all of the athletes who had competed over the course of the season. Your outstanding performances are a testimony to the ability and commitment you all have. I would also like to thank your parents who do so much to get you to matches, support and encourage you. Also for the officials who make the matches run on the day and allow you to see your performances on Power of 10.

We now have the final in Birmingham to look forward to!

Nick Swatton
U15 Boys Team Manager


Photos from Rod Harrington

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