TWO Horsham athletes were among a select group to roadtest the Olympic Stadium last weekend.
The stadium, the hub of the London 2012 Games this summer, hosted the British University Championships (BUCS), and Horsham Blue Star Harriers Rebecca Jennings and Kate Kaye were among the competitors.
Kaye reached the semi finals of the 1,500m where she ran a personal best of 4mins 40.29secs, representing Exeter University, and Rebecca Jennings clocked 14.99secs in her 100metre hurdles heat, representing St Mary’s University College in South West London.
Meanwhile, the Blue Stars have medal hopes in this weekend’s Sussex Athletics Championships in Crawley. Jennings hopes to be on the podium the Senior 100m hurdles; Cadie Willis in the under-20 women’s 100m and 200m; Jade Brewster in the under-17 pole vault, plus Jack Milnthorpe in the under-15 boys high jump. Poppy Willis and Kotryna Bajorinaite should have a close tussle in the under-17 women’s 300m hurdles.
The Blue Star men’s team began their Southern League campaign in style by beating Worthing, Crawley, Swale and Tunbridge Wells at Gillingham.
e afternoon started with the Pole Vault. Matt Baker cleared 3.90m easily beating rival Alan Easey from Worthing. Matt teamed up with Gorm Young, in the Shot Putt throwing a Personal Best of 10.10m, both finishing third in the A and B strings.
The track started well with the 400m Hurdles, Karl Johnston gained 2nd place in the A string and David Patey a 1st place in the B String. The 100metres followed, James Hedges ran 11.8secs for 2nd in the A string backed up by James Mackman gaining third place in the B string with 12.4secs. This pair also teamed up for the 200metres later in the afternoon with James running 23.8secs for 2nd place in the A string and James gaining a first place with a time of 25.1secs in the B string.
Matt continued his busy afternoon by winning the High Jump with 1.80metres, while newcomer Will Ellinger gained 3rd place in the B string. The 400metres produced an excellent result for Blue Stars with Alex Best and David Patey both gaining first place in the A and B strings, running 51.5s and 54.0s respectively.
In the 800m Jason Wooldridge ran a time of 2.03.8secs, close to his personal best time for 2nd place with Adrian Fautly gaining 3rd place with a time of 2.08.7secs. Jason teamed up with Ryan Bowyer in the 1500m gaining 3rd place for the A string leaving Ryan to finish first in the B string. Ryan had earlier in the afternoon gained a 2nd place in the 5000m for the A string and Stewart Mackman took 2nd in the B string.
The High hurdles was another strong race for the Stars with Matt Baker winning the A event in 6.0s and Karl Johnston taking the B string. The 3000metre steeplechase also saw two second places for Jason Wooldridge and Adrian Faultly.
Meanwhile on the field Ricky Dewdney and Gorm Young teamed up in the Hammer to gain 2nd places and later Luke Johnson threw the Javelin with Ricky Dewdney to both gain 2nd places, Luke throwing 41.60m in the A string. Ricky went on to win the Discus with a throw of 34.37m and Matt Baker continued his busy afternoon with a throw of 19.83metres for 2nd place. In the B event. Matt had earlier gained a 2nd place in the Long jump with a leap of 5.97m.
The afternoon finished with the relays, in the 4 x 100m the team of Gorm Young, James Hedges, James Mackman and Alex Best finished 2nd with a time of 47.2secs and likewise Alex Best, David Patey, Karl Johnston and Matt Baker finished 2nd in the 4 x 400m with a time of 3.36.2secs.
Team Manager Sue May and Captain Gorm Young were encouraged with the performance of the team and look forward to the rest of the season. The next match is on the 19th May, the venue to be determined.
Final points score : Horsham 138, Worthing 110.5, Crawley 105, Tunbridge Wells 93.5 and Swale 40.