Woking’s athletes were in action over the weekend at the Surrey County Relay Championship held at Carshalton.  They came away with 1 gold medal 1 silver and 2 bronze medals as well as 3 club records showing the great depth in talent at the club across the sprints in all the different age groups.

The highlight of the weekend came from the senior men’s 4×100 team where they broke the club record which had been held since 2001 with a time of 43.18, just 2 100th’s inside the old club record. With some fantastic baton changes and great running the team of Kapars Kazemaks, Ian Horlock, Thomas Leacock and Tyler Panton enjoyed a very comfortable win bringing home the baton well clear of the opposition. Later in the day the Horlock and Kazemaks then teamed up with David Awde and Michael Omakobia in the 4×400 to break the Men 35+ club record by over 8 seconds recording a time of 3 minutes 32.79.

In the younger age groups the 4×100 under 13 girls team of Mia Mosko, Sara-Louise Fordjour, Madeline Spanton and Evie Wiltshire produced some terrific baton changing and great running to pick up a superb bronze medal in a time of 55.20 seconds.  The under 15 girl 4×300 team of Lola Roake, Sophie Price, Imogen Freeman and Alice Clark were just 4 tenths of a second outside the club record in finishing 6th in a time of 3 minutes 06.44 seconds. The under 15 boys suffered heartbreak in the final of the 4×100 after earlier quallifying as the 2nd fastest team and with a great chance of a gold medal. Unfortunately on the first changeover the baton fell out of the outgoing runners hand and despite picking it up and carrying on the chance of a medal had gone. In the heat the team of Sahil Vassanjee, Jack Harel, Dylan Lewis and Liam Trinidad recorded a time of 46.18 seconds which not only knocked over a second off the previous club record set in 2019 but also ranks them 10th in the whole of the UK and the second fastest club team behind the eventual winners Hercules Wimbledon. A terrific achievement that they should be proud of.

The under 20 women were the final medal winners for Woking over the weekend. Due to injury and illness to other athletes two under 17 athletes moved up to the under 20 age group to win a superb bronze medal with the team of Esther Ibiama, Fara Jasani, Nerys Tullett and Laura Kersley displaying  some very good and safe changeovers to cross the line in 52.22 seconds.

Woking’s athletes are next back on action this weekend with the final Southern Athletic League match of the season being held at the Sportsbox in Woking with the re-arranged Wessex League Match in the Sunday in Swindon.

Well THAT was a great match (if a bit toasty!). Another win, 3 points ahead of Blackheath and Bromley. They were obviously somewhat put out, as evidenced by the desperate ‘scrabbling around’ to find extra points for them or less for us! If they had filled just 2-3 more of their 13!!! gaps they would have beaten us. But they didn’t so that’s why we won and they lost!

With 3 points in it EVERYBODY who turned up contributed towards this win. Top of the leader board however has to be our Florence who scooped 21 points over 8 events! AND ran legs of both relays! Followed closely by Katie Hopkins, 16 points over 6 events (also running in both relays). ‘Little’ brother George Hopkins matched sis’s score of 16 over his 5 events AND jumped PB’s in both the high jump and a 27cm!!! PB in triple jump.  Another high scorer on the day as ever was Dave who scored 14 points over 5 events AND ran the relays for us! And Eleanor, thankfully, reliably threw everything there was to throw to keep those points coming in!

On the day it was those hardy endurance lot out there that I really felt for, I mean it was SWELTERING and no lovely cool shower to run through like at Bracknell! I had to question the sanity of our team when FOUR non-scoring ladies turned up for the 5000m!!!, Fiona, Charlotte, Kylara and Natasha (all MAD!) – But quietly extremely proud of our gutsy girls. A joy to have Kylara back on the team, hadn’t seen her for a while and there was no escape from me when I spotted her at park run. Seems no form has been lost since we last saw her, I put her in as a non-scorer and she only went and won the race! Followed closely by Lucia to win the A string and Lou coming in to score second in the B string (having already scored max points in her 800m race). Kylara then went on to score for us filling in an unexpected gap in the 1500m and came 2nd in her race for those vital 3 points 😊

The boys ‘only’ had to run a 3000m at this match, welcoming John Hutchins to our team who ran an incredible 9:06 in that heat putting himself 18th in the UK V40 rankings!  Connor ran the 3000m B string and secured 2nd place as a warmup for the 3k steeplechase in which a PB was earned (possibly helped by the fact there was no water jump – but I won’t tell anybody that!). B string steepler was endurance ‘chief’ Gamble – who also secured a PB (Ssssshhhh!) and a very respectable second place with his splendid technique! Well done both!

It was even too hot for the 800m really but that didn’t stop Martin from running a PB of 2:02 AND then going on to score second place in the 1500m! On B string 800m Ollie, also ran a PB and also scored second place in his B 1500m race! ….Spooky!

Great to have Chloe back with us for this match, kicking off with a win in the A string 800m, filling in for the B string 200m then winning the A string steeple by 12 seconds! Sadly, probably her last outing with us which is a real shame, we will miss your enthusiasm, dedication and great team spirit, thank you for being on our team Chloe and we wish you all the best for the future.

An interesting outcome on the 200m, 3 of our sprinters ran EXACTLY the same time, Ricky, Thomas and Jake all ran 23.1!!! Jake also ran a PB in the 100m for 2nd place in his race ,Thomas and Ricky also picked up points in the 100m and 400m and ran legs of the relays. The ‘Doctor’ ran a respectable ns 100m and leg of the 4x100m and Matt ran a PB in the 100m securing himself an age group ranking of 34th in UK. For the girls Fara and Tash ran the 100m races, Fara after jumping a PB in the long jump and Tash before securing 2nd  in her 400m. Lauren ran just outside a PB in the 200m and 3rd in the 400m, and finished off with great legs of both relays.

On the hurdles Dave scooped an easy second place but we couldn’t fill the B string because unfortunately Kas had car trouble and couldn’t join us ☹, on the 400h Dave also scored In A and Ian won the B race.

Worthy of a big shout out here is Rory’s performances on the day which won us 14 points over just 4 events! Rory won the B high jump, threw a PB to secure 2nd  place in shot, won A string hammer and throwing close to a PB in the discus. Dad Paul won the B string hammer by throwing nearly twice the distance of 2nd place!

On pole vault, Sam won her A string then went on to score in the A string 100h and high jump before running a leg of the 4 x 100m, getting back to form after struggling with injuries (Hooray!).

Last but not least, Roy scored us 9 points over 3 events coming 2nd in all of his throws: shot, javelin and then filling in for Kas with a very respectable throw in the discus.

Wow! I managed to get it all on one page! Sorry if I have missed anybody out. Next match 10th September at HOME! So hopefully something to celebrate afterwards, I’ll keep you informed. It just remains for me to say well done everyone for really pulling out the stops at this match we were against tough opposition with a somewhat depleted team but we NEVER GIVE UP! And that’s what I love about this team 😊

One more thing – CONGRATULATIONS to Ben Golding for passing your driving test (first time). AWESOME!

What is not to be proud of? – last Saturday we were not going to be cheated of our rightful position by 3.5 points were we?

This time all our throws were good, all our jumps were long and I didn’t just look at the pole vault and think ‘I should

really’……..I did! And temperatures soaring towards 30 degrees didn’t frighten off our endurance toughies or anyone

else for that matter, Woking AC weren’t at the beach we were out to WIN!

And the result? A MASSIVE win against Bracknell on their home soil, and, I might add, the highest points scored by any team in any match out of all of the 12 division 1 SAL matches held so far, which is pretty cool in my book, so be proud and let’s keep it going. More PB’s more wins, more fun yet to come!

A big welcome from the team goes out to Nerys Tullett who fearlessly tacked the 400mh for the first time with a convincing win and 4 points in the A string, Nerys also ran a brilliant leg of the 4 x 100m a great new little asset for the team!

Talking of hurdles, usually one of the team managers biggest headaches, on this day we really pulled it out the bag as alongside Nerys’s win Florence scored full points in the B string 400mh. Then, on the ladies 100mh Lucy debuted with a brilliant win in the B string 100mh, Sam 2nd in the A string (with shin splints!). And the boys a full house of points, wins in the 100mh from Kas in the A string and Dave in the B string and wins in the 400mh from Ian with a new PB, Knocking .31 second off of his World Masters performance in Finland and Dave winning the B string despite feeling ‘below par’ all day! What a result!! 😊

Ian must have gone home with a big grin on his face as he also ran a PB by 1 second in the 400m and came in with a brilliant winning last leg of the 4 x 400m – getting better with age Ian! …As is our Tash who ran yet ANOTHER PB on the 400m AND 200m ns! – what’s the secret guys?… I want some!

JUMPS!! – yes, we can jump too, George and Rory scoring second places on high jump to be followed up with wins across the board with Kas jumping a SB to win A string long jump and George winning B, then George and Dave (ill!) on pole vault, 2 wins, George jumping a PB to win A string triple and Dave winning B string by nearly 1.75m (yet feeling worse as the day went on!)

The ladies filled all the jumping spots too scooping 2 wins at the pole vault with Sam jumping beautifully and yours truly (not such a pretty sight but hey it was 4 points!). Lovely Lucy earned us more well-deserved points on the high jump and long jump, Sam kept busy coming second in the B string high jump AND winning the B string triple – all with a bit of shin splint going on!  Our Florence never seems to walk away from a match without a PB – today it was on the triple jump! Well done Flo! And I mustn’t forget our relative newbie Laura Kersley who long jumped a huge 4.94m for second place in the A string! AND ran a PB in the ns 100m! Come back any time you like Laura.

On the throws, Eleanor worked her magic as usual with 2 wins and 2 seconds for lots of lovely points. Great to have Orla back with us and throwing brilliantly, with a close PB to win discus and a win on hammer (both wins by over 5m!), also throwing a PB in the ns javelin which would have won the B string…..Awesome! Lucy had a busy day, along with everything else she also scored 2nd in the B string shot and of course Flo won the A string javelin by nearly 10m, which some might say was just showing off! – well you show ‘em Flo! 😊

Another old fave’ back on the team is Roy Chambers, still got it Roy with a win on the javelin and a shot not too far off of a PB, I think it’s safe to say ‘HE’S BACK!’

Kas had a quiet day today, he only did 100mh, long jump, shot (2nd) and discus (win) which is why he had time to play in the steeplechase water jump with his friends (see Woking AC facebook for pics). I’d say a well-deserved rest before running both relays! And I have no doubt he’ll be back covering the usual 6-7 events (not including relays) and scoring max points at the next match. Our other ‘iron man,’ resident firefighter Dave was really under the weather today, not in peak performance at all which I would say was reflected in his performance of only 5 events but it wasn’t as he won every single one of them! …. Hard as nails our boys are!. The youngster of our multi-event lads George not only smashed out some great jumps but also won the A string javelin, it’s a shame he can still only do 5 events as he has FAR too much energy left at the end of a match!

Also on throws our reliable ‘Kellys’ never let us down, Paul taking 2nd place on hammer and Rory throwing a massive PB in the A string hammer AND discus! (did you bribe him dad? – well thank you!).

Back on to the track some exciting sprinting from both the boys and girls at this match – there were some amazing performances at the Walton Rosenheim on the Wednesday beforehand, lots of questioning as to whether the times would be official or not – at the last peek they are! So, Kenny back on form was in A string following a close PB performance at the Ros’ unfortunately bit of a hammy tweak but still scored 2nd A string, Harry also running back to form on Wednesday scored 2nd 100m and 200m and followed up with a leg of each relay!

Did you know we had a new Doctor on the team?? Well, he’s not a medical Doctor but a PhD (which is pretty cool) and we call him Doctor rather than Michael, why?, I do not know but so be it and I really don’t care as he is getting quicker and quicker at each match, on Saturday he ran a seasons best 200m, an excellent 100m and most shocking of all, a tremendous leg of the 4 x 400m! – noted!!!

For the ladies, what a joy to have Emily back on the team back from Uni, always smiling and always winning! 2 wins in the 100m and 200m and a speedy leg of the 4 x 100m. Team mate Jayne scored second place on the B string 200m and ran close to her PB in a ns 100m. Alexis scoring 2nd place in her 100m also contributed a great leg of the 4 x 100m.

On the 400m, besides Tash’s PB our Lauren from Camberley ran a huge PB for 2nd place in the 400m and followed up with a speedy leg of the 4x400m relay – watch this space, lots more to come here I sense!

FINALLY (it never ceases to amaze me how much ‘stuff’ goes on at these matches!) the MIDDLE DISTANCE! – all heroes in my book in that heat, as Martin summed it up quite succinctly ‘I wouldn’t say it was fun’! – how very polite I thought. Martin had just run his first 5000m on the track winning the B string with an absolutely amazing time of 16:12, he then went on to run a PB in the 1500m for a ‘warm down’ scoring 2nd place, what a trooper! Running the A string 5000m was Connor, if you were watching you will have seen how BADLY he wanted to dip under 16 minutes in that last 100m – and he DID! By approx. 0.01 second! 😊 FANTASTIC! (and bonkers all at the same time!). Charlie, for reasons known only to himself ran a ns 5000m in that heat and did it in 18:11 which is certainly not to be sniffed at!. Joining Martin on the 1500m Ben Golding was back and ran a great B string having just got over Covid (not sure that’s what the Dr ordered!?). Also joining us today was Olly Weedon running a ns 1500m for a PB in 4:56, I used to train with his dad, which makes me yay old!

The 800m I have always found is also not much fun but Theo didn’t hold back today and ran a 2 second PB for a 2nd (just) in the A string with a very respectable 1:57. On B string Drew did similar! A 2 second PB for 2:06!, all that hard work at training is certainly paying off.

Steve Tait, what would we do with out you? He cycled to Bracknell then ran the 2k steeple for us for a cool down before cycling home – thank you Steve #hero. 

Our ladies didn’t let us down on the middle distance either, on the long haul, Lou ran just outside a PB on the 3k for a win and Lucia won the B string by a country mile – and didn’t they look great running through the shower? It was like something out of a film! As Lucia is training for a quick 5k it seemed only sensible for her to then run the 1500m, in which she only went and ran a PB, so its looking good Lucia! B string 1500m was filled last minute by our superstar-ess Chloe, having run a 2:18 800m she used the 1500m as a warm up for the steeple, well THAT paid off as she won the A string with an AMAZING 6:59 smashing the club record and hurling herself into 18th UK ranking in the senior women category. For this I award Chloe the ‘golden scrunchie’ that much sought after accolade! Lou made easy work of the B string steeple for max points and smiled all the way around – a joy to watch! Our (and Camberley’s) Sandra ran a great B string for 2nd place and just a shade off her PB, well done Sandra. I must mention Tia here – well done Tia for running the 3k, dad got lost on the way and she turned up with about 3 minutes to spare – a sterling effort Tia – next time allow a bit of contingency for dad! 😉

The day was rounded off nicely by some great relays, a great run in by Ian on the last leg of the 4 x 400m followed by an exciting altercation with one of the officials – luckily Kas politely told her what she had failed to observe, politeness gets you everywhere in life, so they weren’t disqualified – PHEW (it was VERY dubious anyway!).

A BIG BIG thank you to all the officials and parent helpers, without you there is no ‘US’ so we are ever grateful.

Next match Tonbridge 13th August – lets see if we can creep a little more up the table (5th now from 10th).

Woking Athletes have been in action in 2 major championships in the past week with some outstanding results against the best in the country and beyond.

At the highly prestigious English Schools Championships held in Manchester Woking had 2 athletes representing Surrey Schools. The Championships are a breeding ground for future Olympic and World Champions with the likes of Paula Radcliffe, Kelly Holmes, Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis Hill and Greg Rutherford with the best athletes from the across the country competing. The competition was as hot as the weather and the 2 Woking athletes, both recent graduates from the Club’s Academy, rose to the competition.

In the Junior Girls (under 15) 1500 metres Lola Roake was ranked 28th out of the 45 competitors going into the competition so on paper wasn’t expected to reach the final. However Lola is a very determined girl and ran an absolutely brilliant run in her heat knocking nearly 10 seconds of her previous best time running an outstanding 4 minutes 37.45 seconds. In the final she again ran superbly being in the top 5 for most of the race before a few fast finishing athletes passed her in the final 150 metres to finish a fine 8th in a slightly quicker time of 4 minutes 37.32 seconds shooting her up the UK rankings to 14th. Lola has a another year left in the age group so hopes will be high for next season.

In the under Junior Girls discus Alice Clark was in action and also showed great competitive spirit in what was her first ever national championships and her biggest ever competition. Alice equalled Lola’s finishing position of 8th with a fine throw of 27.92 metres, which is just 24cm shy of her best ever and gave her great experience for future big competitions.

At the World Masters Championships in Tampere, Finland 4 Woking athletes were in action. Dave Awde and Ian Horlock both ran great races in the heats of the Mens 35 400 metre hurdles to reach the final, with Ian running a personal best time of 57.31 seconds. In the final they were up against top competition and both ran extremely well to finish 5th and 6th respectively with Dave running an impressive 55.84 and just a touch slower than his heat running 57.37 seconds. In the 400 metres flat Dave continued his fine form to fight through through the heats and the semi finals to take his place in the final where he ran just outside his best as a 35+ athletes to finish 7th in a time of 51.33 seconds, a fantastic effort. He also finished 6th in the 110 metre hurdles with 16.31 seconds. In the same afternoon he was part of the victorious British  4×100 metres relay team that stormed home to gold beating Spain by just 0.02 seconds.

In the Women’s 45 2000 metre steeple-chase Bea Lafreniere got a personal best time of 8.00.77, beating her previous time by nearly 10 seconds, to win a very impressive silver medal whilst unfortunately Jacqui Haynes was unable to perform to her best in the 800 metres due to injury.

Woking are back in action over the weekend with the Seniors having their 3rd Southern League fixture of the season at Bracknell and the under11’s to Under17’s are in Swindon for the 3rd Wessex League fixture.

Woking’s young athletes were back in action at the weekend in their 2nd Wessex League match at Aldershot and there were many fine performances with over 20 personal bests across the age groups and events.

In the under 13 boys age group Desimi Akinyaniu continued his fine form this season with a comfortable win in both the 100 metres and 200 metres. There were double wins in both events with Cadyn Snijman winning the B race of the 100 metres and Lucas Pearman winning the B race of the 200 metres.  In the 1500 metres Jacob Bowyer had a superb run to record a new personal best time of 4 minutes 51.26 to finish 3rd, just half a second behind the winner. Jacob also won the high jump with a leap of 1.40 metres. In the field events Nathan Capindale threw a new personal best in the discus with 21.28 metres with Cadyn again in action winning the B competition. 

In the girls under 13 girls events Evie Wiltshire was 2nd just 1 100th of a second behind the winner in a time of 13.69 seconds just shy of her personal best. In the B race Sara Louise Fordjour comfortably won the B race in a new best tie of 13.80 seconds. These two along with Mia Mosko and Eva Mongford then dominated the 4×100 metres winning by over 5 seconds. In the long jump mia and Evie filled the first two positions with Mia winning in a new personal best of 4.14 metres.

In the under 15 age group Liam Trinidad, in his first races for the club, was narrowly beaten into first place the 100 metres recording a time of 12.19 seconds. He was then involved in a very exciting finish in the 200 metres winning in 24.64 seconds just 3100ths ahead of 2nd place.  In the 800 metres Luca Lupi finished 2nd in the 800 metres A race with Caden Rogers Everitt finishing 2nd in the B race.  In the field Jack Harel finished 2nd in a new personal best of 4.98 metres whilst also finishing 2nd in the Shot Putt. Jack Dormer continued his fine form in the Javelin with another win with a throw of 36.94 metres.

In the Under 15 girls events Eleanor Buckle ran a new personal best in the 200 metres to finish in 3rd place In the 800 metre Lola Roake ran a new personal best to finish a narrow 2nd in a very impressive time just inside 2 minute 20 seconds with Sophie Price winning the B race in just under 2 minutes 30. Imogen Freeman was 2nd in the 1500 metres and the 4×100 team of Eleanor Buckle, Alice Clark, Mia Reeves and Izzy Wright finished a narrow 2nd just a tenth of a second behind the winners. In the field Alice Clark won the long with a leap of 4.63 metres.

In the Under 17 age group Nerys Tullett won the 80 metre hurdles in a hew personal best time of 13.13 seconds, knocking nearly a whole second off her previous best whilst in the under 17 men Drew Grayling comfortably won the 1500 metres in a new personal best time of 4 minutes 31.18 seconds.

The previous day Woking had a number of athletes in action for Surrey Schools at an Inter Counties match in Kingston. The highlight of the performances came from Laura Kersley in the Under 17 women’s long jump with a new personal best 5.20 metres, adding 11cm to her previous best from previous week at the Surrey Schools Championships. Other athletes selected were Lola Roake, Jack Dormer, Jack Hurel, Matthew Smith, Alice Clark, Emelia Wazydrag and Zavi Zinman.

A team of 7 Men and 1 Woman from Woking AC were in action in Dorking last Sunday (12th June) competing in the Surrey County Road Running Championships. On a hot day and on a tough hilly course Woking’s athletes were up against the best club runners Surrey have to offer on this difficult10 mile course.

The competition was fierce but Woking’s runners finished strong with the men’s team finishing just outside the medals in 4th place in the County Championship Race with the Scoring Team of Ben Goddard 6th, David Brighton 15th, James Gamble 32nd and also finishing 4th in the Surrey Road League with King Diggins 35th adding to the overall team finishing position.

Ben Goddard, ran an impressive time of 55:52, finished in 6th overall in the league results and David Brighton finished in 58:05 taking in a 3rd place in the men’s 40-49 age category for the Surrey Championships, a fantastic achievement:

 

Woking’s young athletes were back in action over the weekend at the Surrey Schools Championships in Stratford whilst another, Tyler Panton, was in action at a high standard open meeting in Stratford. In addition to these meetings the Senior Men and Women were also in action in their 2nd Southern Athletics League in Harrow. There were many fine performances with 10 medals won at the Surrey Schools Championships and Tyler achieving a new personal best in the 100 metres.

Currently ranked 4th in the UK for Under 20 men in the 100 metres Tyler moved up to 3rd in the UK with a new personal best time of 10.54 seconds. He had earlier ran a quicker time of 10.49 seconds but the wind was slightly over the limit at 2.2 metres per second, the legal limit being 2.0. Both were fine runs and he is now running consistently fast times which has led to Tyler being selected for the Great Britain Junior team for the Bauhaus Junior Gala held in Manheim Germany where top junior athletes from across Europe will be competing. This is a terrific achievement and hopefully there will be many National call ups in the future.

Another athlete competing on the international stage, James Hanson, reduced his own club record time in the 200 metres to 20.80 seconds at a meeting in Espoo Finland to maintain his UK ranking of 12.

At the Surrey Schools Championships there were three gold medal winners with Emelia Wazydrag winning the Junior (Under 15) girls Hammer adding over two metres to her old personal best launching it to 23.28 metres. The other throwers on show were also on fine form. Matthew Smith produced arguably the best performance from a Woking athlete in the Inter (Under 17) Boys Discus to win the silver medal with a new personal best throw of 40.22 metres moving him up to 12th in the UK and just 3 centimetres shy of a National Grade 1 performance. There was another silver medallist in the Junior Boys Shot Putt with Jack Harel adding nearly 1 and half metres to his previous best putting a very impressive 11.49 metres. The fourth thrower picking up a medal was Jack Dormer in the Junior Boys Javelin throwing 35.59 metres which was also good enough for silver.

The 2 other gold medallists came in the 800 metres. In his first track races of the season Zavier Zinman eased through the heats of the Junior Boys 800 metres before going on to win the final in time just outside of 2 minutes 10 seconds winning by just under second in a exciting race. The other gold medal winner was Theo Cheshire in the Senior (Under 20) Boys 800 metres winning in a season’s best time of 2 minutes 01 seconds.  There was also bronze medal for Lola Roake in the Junior Girls 1500 metres who ran a very impressive time of 4 minutes 54.2 seconds, a national grade 2 performance. Elsewhere in the middles events Oscar Sinnett finished fifth in the Junior Boys 1500 metres in a new personal best time of 4 minutes 44.4 seconds.

In the long jump there were 2 further medal winners. In the Inter Girls competition Laura Kersley added 29cm to her previous best ever jump in the 6th and final round to win the silver medal with a great leap of 5.09 metres. In the senior Girls event Fara Jasani was just 3 cm shy of her personal best in winning the sliver medal with a leap of 4.95 metres.

The final medal was won by club’s newest member with Nerys Tullett winning the sliver medal in a personal best time of 48.54 seconds.

In the Southern Athletics League Woking’s Senior team finished 2nd overall with a fine overall team performance with Fara Jasani and Laura Kersley in action again with Fara jumping 4.99 metres and Laura 4.95 metres. Thomas Leacock returning from injury finished 2nd in the 100 metres. All rounders Kaspars Kasemaks, Roy Chambers and Rory Kelly had busy afternoon and contributed greatly to the overall team score. Chloe Sharp completed a fine double win in the 800 metres and 1500 metres steeple-chase and under 20 Martin Sunderland got a new personal best in the 1500 metres with 4 minutes 07.73 whilst Florence Baulk got a season’s best in the javelin with 37.12 metres.

Woking’s youngsters are next in action at the Wessex League on Sunday 19th June in Aldershot where the under 11’s right up to the under 17’s will be in action.

Well done team – we eased ourselves nicely into the Southern athletics league last week, I think our tactics were spot on – lulling our competition into a sense of security by not beating anybody but only by miniscule points, they will have written us off now, a very very, dangerous thing to do where Woking AC are concerned 😊

3.5 points separated 4th and 2nd place, which left many of us kicking ourselves for things we didn’t do or should have done, me for one, if I’d had hopped over a teeny-weeny bar on pole vault, that would have been 3 points!

No point beating ourselves up though, it was a fantastic day out, the sun shone and we had the best team even if we didn’t win. Lots of laughs and drama along the way and even a few P.B’s thrown in!

A BIG welcome to our newbies this year who were: (ladies first) Alexis Brown equalling her PB on 100m then running a huge PB in the 200m. Alexa Adams who ran a 100m PB, stepped up to score for the 200m and ran a leg of the 4x100m for us, welcome to these young sprinters!. Great to have Chloe Sharp join us this year who won both her A string 800m and 1500m race comfortably and then ran a leg of the 4x400m for us. Chloe is a VERY accomplished runner over any distance 400m to 10k illustrated by her current U23 ranking of 4th in all UK Park runs this year!. New from Camberley, Lauren Chadwick joins us, Lauren ran a great 400m and then followed up with a leg of the 4×100 AND 4x400m relays, brilliant!

On to the men, a raft of new sprinters join us this year covering various age groups, Jake Etherington from Camberley ran a brilliant 11.9 ns 100m – now if I’d have known that Jake you’d have had a letter not a number on your vest!. Alistair Smith ran a 12.3 100m (should have been letters) and also ran a strong 200m ns. Finlay McGuiness ran a healthy ns 100m and 200m both PB’s! Matt Berry representing the ‘more mature’ male also ran ns 100m and 200m and holds some very respectable UK rankings for these distances.

Watching our men sprinters walking back from a stretch of knee highs I was reminded of the ‘Peaky Blinder’ strut – don’t mess with these boys!

On the longer distances we welcome Archie Robinson, thrown right in at the deep end with a super speedy B string 800m, well done Archie you got a PB!. Keep up the hard work and it won’t be long before you can beat those boys! Jack Phillpotts ran a HUGE PB in the men’s 1500m to score 3 points, again, lots more to come from this young man.

King Diggens joined us for the first time to tick that steeplechase box and what a performance he put in, scoring 3 points and running himself into a ranking of 4th V45! – without any steeple training (not advisable but BRILLIANT!).

Dave Hunt – Hardly a newbie to the team as he was a member at Woking AC before records began (1985). One of our favourite officials and coaches, and now athlete! Dave was persuaded to throw a hammer for us in-between officiating and scored us a point! Whoo hoo! Dave last competed for the SAL in 2013. Another piece of interesting information is that his high jump PB is 1.93! – you might regret me finding that out Dave – just saying!.

Moving on to the regulars. We are EXTREMELY fortunate to have on our team some amazing multi-eventers who have far too much energy and like to use that energy to score points for Woking AC rather than drive their family completely bonkers.

First up Dave (our resident fireman) – Dave completed TEN events on Sunday, scoring a whopping 20 points (plus relays). Phenomenal effort Dave, I think that’s the most I’ve ever witnessed (and I’ve been around awhile) …. If you’d have got that shot out, we might have even won (I’M JOKING!) It’s a big fat thank you from me and the rest of the squad for your efforts, and you always do it with such a big smile and great hair.

Kaspars, another one of Woking’s gems, despite a back niggle, completed EIGHT events, scoring us 13 points (plus relays). Some great performances for early season (and with a bad back) Kas, and always looking so ridiculously ‘smooth’.

George Hopkins, pay attention! A BRILLIANT start to the SAL season, only allowed to complete in 5 events as an U20 George scored a huge 17 points for us, winning his Pole vault, triple jump and javelin and scoring a 2nd in high jump and 3rd in long jump. Its amazing what you can achieve with a big bowl of pasta! 😉 Well done, George.

On to the ladies who multi-event – this year Clare Maurer had a funny five minutes and absconded to TVH first claim, and my other golden girl Sam is currently injured, hopefully back with us soon.

So, the golden girls of this match were without a doubt Florence Baulk and Katie Hopkins. Florence completed in 7 events, scoring us 17 points (plus relay), winning her 400h and javelin, second in triple (PB) and hammer (PB by 3m!!!) also scoring in long jump and discus and surviving my driving to the match and back home.

Katie completed in 6 events, scoring 16 points (plus relay). Katie won her 1500m and scored second in 400h, steeplechase, pole vault and triple jump, like her brother, super bouncy especially when well fed. Great to see these 2 girls loving and smashing the day having been Woking AC buddies since they were diddy.

I have said this every season since 2010 when I started managing the team – ‘Thank god for Eleanor Gatrell’! Every single year and for every single match that she can Eleanor has turned out and thrown shot, hammer, discus and (her least favourite) the javelin, and always scores us lots of lovely points. A very healthy eight points at this match (I promise I won’t mention the discus!).  Ranked 3rd in the UK for shot hammer AND discus, Eleanor is a big ol’ asset for our team (sorry, maybe less of the big!).

An emerging multitasker, Lucy Eaton-Tribe scored in an extremely fast 200m A string, cleared a whopping high jump, threw a shot, and ran a leg of the 4 x 100m for us, so very happy to have you back on the team Lucy.

Also multi-tasking for the ladies, Bea Lafreniere stepped in to clear a B string high jump, ran a leg of the 4 x 100m and then ran a PB and earned us 3 points in the steeplechase, despite pulling a hamstring in the 100m relay! I Really hope you are recovering quickly Bea as we need the likes of you on our team and preferably in one piece!

Some superb performances were clocked up on Sunday, including Connor Trerise, running a 1 minute 17 second PB over the 5000m for 3 points and then running his first track 1500m in a super respectable 4.31.8. Alex Mogford ran a 10 second PB in the 5000m B string and then went on to run a ns 1500m and debut steeplechase sporting the most fabulous sunglasses and smile throughout – fantastic!

Also on the track, Theo Cheshire won his 400m race just outside his PB for this year and scored in the A string 800m. Great to have Martin Sunderland back on the team who seems to have grown about 2 feet since I last saw him! Obviously a good thing on the steeplechase as he scored 2nd in the A string with an incredible PB of 6:51.7 running into a UK U20 ranking of 23!

Amongst our regular reliables, Paul Kelly, turned out for us to throw a hammer with Dave, no doubt passing on some top tips to Dave (maybe a few more needed next time! 😊). Another lovely reliable teamy Natasha Hart ran the B string 400m and was very pleasantly surprised to get a PB and, I might add a UK ranking of 10th V40 – Age is no barrier folks (until you get to my age!).

A big thank you to Sandra Stapinoiu (from Camberley) for running the B string 800m a great performance in another very fast race on the day.

Following 2 pull outs in the 3000m just before the match, Charlotte and Fiona were given the news that they were scoring, not fazed by this (much) out they went and did it, Charlotte getting a PB and Fiona happy to be running well after various set backs recently.

Last but not least 2 more athletes who are getting better with age, Ian Horlock ran a great 200m, JUST outside a PB and gaining a UK V35 ranking of 19! Michael Omakobia (or ‘Dr O’ – though heaven knows why!) came second in the B string 100m, Michael joined us in 2021, currently ranked 32 V35 his times are coming down so watch this space.

To finish off nicely, 2 club records were broken on the day the men’s V35 4x100m AND V35 4 x 400m records were broken by ‘team awesome’: Dr O, Dave, Kas and Ian – who, I might add had also broken the V35 4 x 200m relay club record from 1992! earlier on in the week – quite an incredible achievement I think you’ll agree!

Let’s not forget our AMAZING officials – if you didn’t know, they score us 5 points each and are essential to keep these matches running like clockwork – THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Lesley, Dave, Gina, Dave H and Chris, you are the BEST!

Next stop – Harrow 12th June – Mandy’s in charge as I’m away – so behave yourselves!

 

Woking’s athletes were in action this weekend at Kingsmeadow at the Surrey County Championships with a history as being widely regarded as one of the best quality championships in the country and this weekend proved no different. There were many high quality performances with many times and distances ranking athletes very high in the country including Olympian Jessie Knight in the women’s 400 metre hurdles. Woking athletes were amongst these picking up many medals with some outstanding performances putting them highly ranked in the country.

On the Saturday the first gold medal was picked up in the under 13 boys 200 metres with Desimi Akinyanju winning a very close race only taking the lead in the final 20 metres showing great relaxation and determination to overhaul the leader to win in a time of 27.01 seconds ranking him 6th in the UK and is a national grade 2 standard. On the Sunday he narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100 metres finishing just 4 100th’s off bronze and just 7 100ths behind silver in a time of 13.37 seconds. In the older age group sprints Tyler Panton continued his fine start to the season with a comfortable win in the under 20 100 metres in a time of 10.74 following up his bronze medal from a fortnight ago in the British University Championships where his time of 10.57 seconds currently ranks him 2nd in the UK.

In the longer sprint Theo Cheshire knocked a huge chunk off his personal best time winning a silver medal in a very good time of 52.11 seconds

The actual first medal was picked up by Alice Clark in the under 15 girls long jump where she achieved a personal best distance of 4.75 metres. Alice improved on her distance in every round and after being pipped into 2nd place by 1 cm in the last round she leapt to her new best distance to take the silver medal. She followed this up on the Sunday with another silver in the discus with a distance of 25.02 metres, just shy of her personal best.

Elsewhere in the long jump Woking picked up a hat-trick of bronze medals  with Fara Jasani jumping 4.87 metres in the under 20 women’s competition, Lucy Tribe was third in the senior women’s competition with Laura Kersley 3rd in the under 17 women’s competition. Earlier Laura had a very good run in the 80 metre hurdles with a new personal best time of 12.70 seconds with the winner of the race running a time ranking her number one in the UK.

In the throws on the Saturday Jack Dormer threw a huge personal best in the under 15 boys javelin adding over 5 metres to his previous best winning a silver medal with a throw of 36.02 metres. Jack Harel was just shy of his personal best winning the silver medal in the under 15 boys shot putt with a throw of 9.75 metres. In the senior women’s throws Eleanor Gatrell was 2nd in the discus and Florence Baulk was third in the javelin. Eleanor then went onto win her specialist event the shot putt on the Sunday.

Early Sunday produced a glut of medals with Ella Barker winning silver in the under 20 400 metre hurdles and newcomer Nerys Tullett winning the under 17 women’s 300 metre hurdles in a time of 49.03 seconds. Emelia Wazydrag then won the under 15 girls hammer with a personal best throw of 21.04 metres, adding 3 metres to her previous best. The under 15 girls high jump produced an exciting competition with 3 athletes contesting 1.53 metres with 2 being Woking athletes in Olivia Heming and Milla Hadley. Both narrowly missed clearing the height but both produced personal bests in clearing 1.50 metres with Olivia winning silver and Milla winning bronze ranking them currently in the top 25 in the UK. In the under 13 girls long jump Evie Wiltshire was another to produce a personal best performance with a leap of 4.27 metres to win the bronze medal, just missing out on silver.

The performance of the day from a Woking perspective came in the under 15 girls 1500 metres with Lola Roake having a superb run showing her normal strong sprint finish to win a silver medal in a fantastic new personal best time of 4 minutes 47.25 seconds which currently ranks her 16th in the country and is a national grade 1 performance. Imogen Freeman also qualified for the final running a personal best time and showing great promise.

There were a further 2 medals later in the day in the throws with Matthew Smith not having the best of the weather conditions in the shot putt but still winning the bronze medal with a throw of 12.05 metres which is just shy of his personal best but still a national grade 3 performance. He went one better in the discus by winning the silver medal to complete a fine weekend for the Woking athletes in all disciplines.

Woking athletes are next in action this weekend at the Youth development League Lower match in Bournemouth on the Saturday and the Seniors have their first Southern Athletic League fixture on Sunday in Gillingham.

Woking’s young athletes were in action across 2 venues on Sunday with the under 11’s, under 13’s and under 15’s in action at the Wessex League in Oxford and the Under 17’s and Under 20’s at the Youth Development League in Windsor.

The highlights came at Oxford with a huge number of wins and personal bests. The highlights came in the sprints and jumps with the under 13’s particularly shining. In the girls sprints Evie Wiltshire won the 100 metres comfortably in a national grade 2 time of 13.6 seconds and was 2nd in the 200 metres in a grade 3 time of 29.5 seconds as well as winning the long jump in a personal best of 4.07 metres. In the equivalent age group for the boys Desimi Akinyanju  completed a sprint double in the 100 metres and 200 metres with national grade 3 times of 13.3 and 27.6 seconds respectively. He then anchored the 4×100 metres team with  Albert Mount, Arthur Embleton, Lucas Pearman making up the rest to comfortably win finishing around 20 metres clear of the opposition.

In the under 15 boys sprints and long jump Dylan Lewis and Sahil Vassanjee had their own private battle. Dylan came out top in the long jump winning with a personal best jump of 4.95 metres with Sahil just 1 centimetre behind in also a personal best jump of 4.94 metres. In the 200 metres the positions were reversed with Sahil winning in a personal best time of 24.7 seconds and Dylan 2nd in also a personal best time of 25.00 seconds. In the 100 metres they were placed in different races with both winning comfortable with Dylan running 12.1 seconds and Sahil 12.3 seconds, both personal best times.

In the under 15 girls sprints Alice Clark finished a narrow 2nd in the 200 metres whilst Olivia Hemming and Eleanor Buckle both finished 2nd in their respective 100 metres. Along with Mia Reeves they also teamed up for a comfortable win in the 4×100 metres.

In the under 15 girls high jump Milla Hadley won the competition with a height of 1.40 metres, just below her personal best.

In the middle distance vents the best performance came from Jacob Bowyer in the 1500 metres who enjoyed an extremely comfortable win running away from the opposition in a time just outside 5 minutes.

In the under 11 Quadkids Competition the girls had a very successful afternoon of competition with the 5 girls; Florence Fernando, Lucille Cumberland, Isabelle Brehaut, Milan Nessam and Emily Pearce with none of them finishing outside the top 2 in their 75 metre sprint races and filling the 1st 4 places in the 600 metres with Lucille leading them home.  In the under 11 boys Sam Hewitt was the sole competitor from Woking but had a good afternoon winning his 75 metre race and finishing 3rd in the 600 metres.

At the Youth Development league the Woking team were up against very tough opposition in the Premier League. Annabelle Thornton set a personal best in the high jump with a leap of 1.50 metres and Laura Kersley equalled her best in the long jump with 4.70 metres.

Woking’s next meeting is at Winchester in the Youth Development League on the 8th May.