South Bucks had a great result at the final YDL Upper Age Group match at Perivale on Sunday, winning a close fought contest in very challenging heavy rain. The match began in reasonable conditions but by three o’ clock heavy rain meant that all steeplechase races and triple jump had to be cancelled.
South Bucks won on 626 points with Portsmouth/Winchester and 603 and Brighton on 578. The deciding factor was officials with South Bucks scoring 28 more points than Portsmouth/Winchester in that category.
After four matches Portsmouth/Winchester won the division on 26 points with Brighton and South Bucks both on 23 from the seven teams involved.
The team had by far their best turnout of the year (forty-four athletes) and there were some great performances despite the weather. RESULTS POWER OF 10 RESULTS
The U17 Women have been the strongest part of the team all season and Sunday was no exception. Olivia Edwards and Lailah Pope ran well in short sprints, third in all four races. Lucy Wilkinson tackled her first 300m in two years and predictably ran a big PB to be third in 44.53. Yasmin Warnes ran well for 45.58 and second in the B race. Lucy gained a win in a competitive 800m in 2.17.95 with Ivy Uhart winning the B string. In 1500m Lily Jessop Tranter was second in A string, Sophia Lomas second in B string and Libby Sutton won A string 3000m. Ffion Harman and Ellen Taylor did well in 80m hurdles and there was a double win in 300m hurdles from Ffion and Florence Lee-Rubis. Rebecca Lawson was unlucky to have both her events, triple jump and steeplechase, cancelled but was able to have a good run in non-scoring 800m.
Florence was third in long jump with a strong 5.08m and Mila Luker was second in B string. Yasmin Warnes was second in high jump and Charlotte Hewson won the B string. Ellen Taylor and Melody Ball looked after shot and Jasmine Smith and Ellen discus. Melody was third in A string hammer with Jasmine winning the B string. Melody was also second in A string javelin with Ffion second in B string. The 4 x 100m team of Lailah, Olivia, Lily and Mila was a good second in 54.61, and the 4 x 300m team of Ffion, Yasmin, Florence and Lucy took a great win with a season’s best 3.02.47.
Harrison Sears and Oscar Freemont ran well in short sprints, both logging 11.95 in their 100s. Dayo Akinjobi ran non-scoring 100m and 200m. Isaac Jessop-Tranter ran a season’s best 53.79 to be third in A string 400m and Tom Jordan and Daniel Cogan looked after 800m. Daniel Munn had a good run to be third in 1500m A string in 4.32.77. Finn Walsh jumped 4.91m in long jump and Euan Pinder scored a PB of 1.55m in high jump. Archie Pinder threw a PB of 17.75m in discus. The 4 x 100m team of Harrison Sears, Oscar Freemont, Daniel Cogan and Tom Jordan were third, and the 4 x 400m team of Finn Walsh, Archie Pinder, Euan Pinder and Isaac Jessop-Tranter won convincingly in a season’s best 3.39.63.
The team had far more athletes available than usual which helped the overall points. Christina Poulsen did her usual great job in 100m and 200m, second in both. Amy Hogbin was an excellent second in A string 400m in 60.50 with Alice Brown third in B string. Amy had another good run in A string 800m with Holly Henderson winning the B string. Ellen Cooper was third in A string 1500m and Jinaan Lockwood was second in B string. Charlotte Docwra won A string 3000m with Emma Caddell winning B string. Olivia Brown won A string 400m hurdles. Abbie Henderson won high jump and Jasmine Smith was fourth in long jump. Orla Williams scored useful points in A string discus and javelin and had a good run in non-scoring 800m. The 4x 100m team of Abbie, Christina, Ivy and Amy was third, and the 4 x 400m quartet of Olivia, Jinaan, Alice and Ellen was fourth.
Devonte Johnson ran 11.74 to be fifth in A string 100m, Caleb Akinsipe third in B string in 11.84. Caleb ran 24.32to be third in A string 200m with Finn Walsh second in B string. Raihan Lenoire won A string 400m with Tom Askey winning B string. John Nickless was third in A string 800m, Isaac Jessop-Tranter winning B string. Archie Pinder was second in a high quality 1500m with Finn Heron looking after B string. Laurie Gawne won A string 3000m. Ryan Wells had a good day across his five events, winning 110m hurdles and shot, second in long jump and javelin, and third in high jump. Andrew Partridge made a good contribution winning A string hammer, B string shot and javelin and third in A string discus.
This has been a good season for the South Bucks composite with two third places, a second and a win. A lot of hard work has gone into putting the matches on from host clubs, officials, team managers, coaches and parent helpers. The league continues to be a great place for all the track and field disciplines to come together and for athletes to be part of a team.