Woking’s athletes were in action at the prestigious Surrey County Championships at Kingsmeadow in Kingston over the past weekend with a number of outstanding performances leading to a high number of medals and personal best performances and a British Age Group record.
The star of the weekend was undoubtedly Jack Dormer who was a double gold medal winner in a combination of events in which it has unlikely to have been achieved before. On the Saturday Jack was in action in the Under 15 boys Javelin where he threw his 2nd best ever throw of 38.18 metres winning the gold medal by nearly 5 and a half metres before breezing through his 800 metres heat to comfortably qualify for the final the following day. In the final he produced a fabulous display of front running never being headed from gun to tape to win by just under 2 seconds in an outstanding time of 2 minutes 02.95 seconds which knocked an astonishing 8 seconds off his previous best time and rank him currently 7th in the UK in his event, the time is likely to be good enough to qualify him for selection for the Surrey team at the English School Championships later in the season.
Another double medal winner was Mia Mosko in the under 13 girls age group. On the Saturday she worked herself through the heats and semi finals of the 100 metres in personal best times. She further improved this in the final to finish 3rd in a new best time of 13.60 seconds to win the bronze medal, with the winner currently ranked number 1 in the UK. She then went onto win the long jump on the Sunday with a very good leap of 4.35 metres before narrowly missing out on a medal in the 200 metres finishing 4th in a personal best time of 28.66 metres.
There was further success in the sprints with Tyler Panton, in his first year in the senior ranks, winning a county championship title for the fourth successive time in a very competitive 100 metres. After comfortably winning his heat in 10.74 seconds he narrowly won the final in a very impressive time of 10.58 seconds, just 3 100ths ahead of Plummer from Shafesbury Barnet who on paper had a quicker personal best time. In the longer sprints Thomas Leacock continued to show his fine form this season by winning a silver medal in 200 metres in a new personal best time of 22.22 seconds before picking up another silver medal in the 400 metres in a time of 50.53 seconds, after qualifying with a time of 49.86 seconds earlier in the day.
The British Age group record was set by Eleanor Gatrell in the senior women’s Shot Putt where she had a magnificent throw of over 12 metres to win the gold medal. On the previous day she had picked up a silver medal in the discus with a fine throw of 34.10 metres. This was also a new club record for the age group. There was also a silver medal won in the under 17 women discus with Alice Clark having a fine competition to pick up the runners up spot. Elsewhere in the field events Daniel Gilbert equalled his personal best in the under 17 men high jump with a fine leap of 1.70 metres to win a well deserved silver medal.
There was also a new club record set in the under 17 women 300 metre hurdles with Nerys Tullett who knocked nearly 2 seconds off her previous best time to record a very impressive time of 46.27 seconds, a time that ranks her in the top 15 in the UK.
There was a further medal in hurdles with Kaspars Kazemaks winning bronze in the senior men’s 110 metre hurdles in a time of 16.20 seconds.
There were further medals in the endurance events to back up Jack’s fine effort. Lola Roake missed out by the narrowest of margins in the under 15 girls 1500 metres. After leading from the start she was pipped right on the line by just 0.02 seconds to finish 2nd in a time of 4 minutes 45.07 seconds, this after a significant period out with injury. In the same race Imogen Freeman finished 6th in a new personal best of 4 minutes 54.03 seconds. In the senior men’s 800 metres Theo Cheshire judged his race to perfection to knock a second and a half off his previous best to win a dramatic bronze medal by just 0.04 seconds in a very good time of 1minute 54.66 seconds. Jacob Bowyer had a fine run in the under 15 boys 1500 metres. After comfortably qualifying from his heat he was just under a second behind the winner despite trying to fight his way back down the home straight he had to settle for silver in a time of 4 minutes 26.98 seconds, just half a second outside of his best time.
Woking’s senior athletes are in action in their first Southern League fixture this Saturday at Basingstoke.