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Christmas 2012 Print
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
The opening times of the Norman Park track facility for the Christmas 2012 period have been published and are shown below:
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Christmas 2011 Print
Wednesday, 14 December 2011
The opening times of the Norman Park track facility for the Christmas 2011 period have been published and are shown below:
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Young Games Makers Print
Saturday, 19 November 2011

Below you will find a letter from Mick Jones in connection with being a Bag Carrier at the London 2012 Olympics. If you are interested you will need to respond quickly. In addition click here for more information.

 

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Are you drinking smart?! Print
Monday, 31 October 2011
Dehydration by as little as 2% can negatively affect both mental and physical performance, especially during endurance-based events. Prepared to risk it? When you train, sweating is non-negotiable, as it helps your body to remove the heat produced during exercise to help manage your body’s temperature. Unfortunately this heat loss occurs at the expense of fluids and electrolytes (salts), which then need to be replaced. To ensure you perform at your best day in, day out, get your hydration right before, during and after exercise. To understand how and why drinking is so important, download the first of many nutrition articles by Lucozade Sport Scientist, Chris McManus, on hydration strategies.
 
Fast Girls - The Movie Print
Monday, 31 October 2011

Dear Athletics Fan

We need you!

Would you like to be involved in the making of a movie? We need athletes to take part in the races, and crowd extras to cheer them on!
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Camber Sands 9th Oct 2011 Print
Wednesday, 28 September 2011

After our annual break, we restart training on Sunday October 9th at Camber Sands, East Sussex.

The intention is that we leave Norman Park at 09.30am utilising as many cars as we have available. I will therefore need to know who will have a car available or will be going with their parents and have room to take one or more other athletes. Please let me know by email of your intentions - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - or send me a text 07768 120519 (ensure you put your name in the text so that I know who it is).

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Camber Sands 10th Oct 2010 Print
Tuesday, 24 August 2010

After our annual break, we restart training on Sunday October 10th at Camber Sands, East Sussex. For completeness, the break starts for most after the National Junior League Final in Derby on Sunday 12th September. For those going to Poland they will train for an extra week and then start their break once they return from Poland.

The intention is that we leave Norman Park at 09.30am utilising as many cars as we have available. I will therefore need to know who will have a car available or will be going with their parents and have room to take one or more other athletes. Please let me know by email of your intentions - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it - or send me a text 07768 120519 (ensure you put your name in the text so that I know who it is).

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London Indoor Games Print
Sunday, 31 January 2010

The first day of the London Indoor Games saw Georgina Middleton and Charlotte Colegate run in the U17W 200m. Both ran very well with Georgina achieving a time of 26.48 (indoor pb) and Charlotte 27.46 (pb).

Reuben Fakoya and Josh Oyedele also ran the 200m. Reuben ended up with 24.32 (pb) and Josh in 25.64.

Daniel Haque also ran on day one in the Senior Mens 200m. However he did face a number of hurdles, not least of which was that he had been badly seeded. Originally he was placed in race 9 which meant he would not be facing athletes of a similar standard. So he challenged that with the seeding officials just as the first race was coming onto the track. To cut a long story short the seeders allowed him into race 1 because someone had dropped out. So now he was in the first race but he had to take lane 1. For a very fast athlete lane 1 is a problem at the start as it is very difficult to negotiate the first curve, and then again at the finish because the athlete does not have a slope to sweep down. So despite running a fairly good race Daniel placed 3rd in a relatively slow time of 22.60 - he really did struggle with the first curve trying desparately to stay in his lane.

Rachel Dickens ran a very good 300m to start the second day of the London Indoor Games to take 3/4 of a second off her pb crossing the line in 40.48. Unfortunately today that was only good enough for 2nd place. Looking good for the National Champs however.

Rhiannon Jones ran a very strong race in her 300m finishing just outside her pb. Rachel Robinson set off very well for the 1st 200m, but could not today continue with her form.

James Allen set another pb in the long jump with 5.69m, whilst Reuben jumped 5.26m.

Georgina Middleton ran a very good 60m 1st round, winning in 7.99. As a result of this race she was seeded into the top U17W race in the 2nd round. This time she placed 4th, but again in 7.99 - consistency!!

Reuben and James raced together in their 60m first round race with Rewben 5th in 7.57 and James 6th in 7.89. James decided not to do the 2nd round whereas Reuben decided he was up for it. This second round race ended up with a blanket finish, but Reuben was in the mix. He improved his 1st round time to 7.56, the same time as given to two others, in fact places 2 to 6 were covered by five one-hundredths of a second!

 
SEAA Indoor Champs - Part 1 Print
Sunday, 10 January 2010

Some interesting results from Part 1 of the SEAA Indoor Championships:

U17W 300m

Round 1 - Heat 1: 3rd Rhiannon Jones 43.69 (pb); Heat 4: 1st Rachel Dickens 41.75 (pb); Heat 5: 3rd Rachel Robinson 46.91; all 3 qualified for semi-finals

Semi - Semi 1: 1st Rachel Dickens 41.26 (pb); Semi 2: Rhiannon Jones withdrawn; Semi 3: 6th Rachel Robinson 47.92

Final 1st Rachel Dickens 41.31 - a very good race; for someone who had not raced a 300m indoors and only ever raced one outdoors, this was exceptionally good.

U17M 400m

Round 1 - Heat 2: 1st Jonathan Pettet 52.92 (indoor best), 5th Joshua Oyedale 57.00

Final 2nd Jonathan Pettet 52.26 (indoor best); a race full of incident towards the final 30-40m, firstly Jon was spiked and almost losing his balance, followed very swiftly by being tripped from behind just short of the line - a real cracker!

U20W 400m

Heat 3: 2nd Chelsea Crouser 62.05

Semi 1: 4th Chelsea Crouser 62.18

U20M 400m

Heat 1: 1st Dan Putnam 51.36

Semi 2: 1st Dan Putnam 50.53

Final 3rd Dan Putnam 48.99; another cracking race for spectators, very very close at the finish,

 
Metaswitch 3rd January Print
Monday, 04 January 2010

Here is a round-up of all the results from the Metaswitch and Eton open events that took place on Sunday 3rd January.

U20W
Chelsea Crouser 60m Hurdles - round 1 10.26 (pb) and round 2 10.17 (pb); first time over the height and spacing so a very creditable set of performances.

U17W
Rachel Dickens 60m - round 1 8.01 (pb), round 2 8.02
Georgina Middleton 60m - round 1 8.16 (pb), round 2 8.06 (pb)
Charlotte Colegate 60m - round 1 8.45, round 2 8.36 (pb)
Rachel Robinson 60m - round 1 8.68 (pb), round 2 (8.70)

U20M
Mark Longhurst Pole Vault - 4.05m

U17M
Jon Pettet 60m - round 1 7.56 (pb), round 2 7.57

and from Eton

U20M
Tom Jenkins Triple Jump - 12.78m (pb)

U17W
Lauren Stevens Long Jump - 5.01m
Jess Moore Long Jump - result not known 

 
Metaswitch 13th December Print
Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Fourteen of the group made the trip to the Lee Valley Indoor Centre on Sunday to participate in the Metaswitch Indoor Open. There was a varying degree of success, but the real key was that everyone who attended took this opportunity to train in a competition environment. This meeting was for us an out and out training session. In that regard it was very successful and hopefully everyone will have learnt something.

Rhiannon Jones and Rachel Giannini were racing for the first time over the U17W hurdle spacing, so it was very pleasing to see both of them run both of their rounds with no worries about that new spacing. A real bonus was that Rhiannon won both rounds in impressive style and that of course they both got pbs.

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