Cranleigh Athletics is flying! It all started with an exciting first weekend with our only single sex meets. The boys headed off to Epsom for the prestigious Goddard and Gomme competition whilst the girls attended the Hurstpierpoint Girls’ fixture.
Starting as they meant to go on, the boys returned with a mighty trophy, having been placed 1st on the track. The senior girls were placed 2nd and overall the girls were 4th out of an impressive 13 schools. The pace was set and we continued to train hard. At Wellington’s Copenhagen meet it was the senior girls’ turn for gold as they were placed 1st on the rostrum. Overall, Cranleigh were 3rd in an incredibly strong field.
At the Waverly Trials our top athletes took to the stage. There were many stand out performances but, to mention a few: Katie Haugher ran a huge Personal Best taking her 100m time to sub 13 and nationally ranked; Rafe Scott had an amazing day winning the High Jump, 400m and 200m. Harry Binnion breezed the 110m hurdles and our throwers were all placed in the top 3.
Will Barnicoat demonstrated that he is a class above the rest winning the 1500m by some distance. He has since smashed the junior boys’ school record by over 7 seconds and is the reigning Surrey Champion. Likewise, Emily Reynolds also took home gold in the inter girls high jump at the recent Surrey Championships.
This last weekend we headed to Brighton for their annual competition and as the sun shone so did the Cranleigh Navy and Gold; it was Personal Best time! With exams looming it would be all too easy not to want to compete but with a full team and many athletes stepping up to events they were not 100% comfortable with, the Cranleigh sprit and ethos came good. Many throwers hit seasonal or personal bests demonstrating just how hard people have been working.
Pippa Lock ran the 400m, 800m and competed in the long jump, winning all her events. Likewise Amber Dolan and Tom Boddington ran the double of the 800 and 1500m, timing both to perfection with an outstanding sprint finish to end on. Ellie Williamson got 2 PBS in the long and triple jump and won the 100m! Cameron Reader and Thomas Todd also achieved PBs in the triple jump.
Huge congratulations to all who continue to work hard and be involved. It is our step up nature which sets us apart and I am looking forward to the next few weeks of training before House athletics on Friday 26th May.
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