Open Meeting 2011
Thank you to everyone who attended the event and made it a great success.
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Event Report – Ashford AC’s Julie Rose Track and Field Games 2011
Thank you to all the athletes who came along on Saturday to compete in our second Open Meeting. We were completely surprised and delighted at the volume of numbers and quality of athletes, some of whom travelled quite a distance to come to the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford. We realise that some of you had to wait quite a bit of time before you were able to compete and we have already decided that we will adjust the timings of events next year to cater for this increase in competitors.
The weather was once again lovely and warm and the day started quietly with the long jump, discus and pole vault on the field and the 300m Hurdles and 1500m Steeplechase on the track. The longest jump on the day at 6.15 came from U20M Mark Cryer from Medway and Maidstone with the second furthest jump at 6.07 from SM Matthias De Leenheer from AC Zele in Belgium . We were delighted when the team from AC Zele joined us again this year, although they had fewer numbers than last year because this weekend the National U17 competition was taking place in Belgium and a number of the Club’s athletes were competing there. The discus competition was very popular with 27 athletes in the competition, the longest throw being made by Devon Douglas from WGEL who threw an amazing 44.61m.
Due to the volume of entries, the pole vault competition was split into two, with a competition in the morning for heights starting at 2.90m and a competition in the afternoon with the minimum starting height of 1.50m. Each competition had at least 15 athletes, making this competition the longest one of the day, finishing at 5.30 pm. This is thanks to AAC’s Pole Vault Coach, Derek Laws, who was very successful in promoting the event amongst pole vault athletes and coaches. The highest jump of the day went to Jack Phipps from Woking AC who vaulted an amazing height of 4.87m. A large number of PBs were gained throughout the day with 7 PBs achieved by one athlete, Ben Burton, from Invicta.
The hurdles are always a difficult event to put on at an Open Meeting and we adjusted the event from last year, changing the programme from 100/110m Hurdles to the 300m Hurdles this year. Ashford AC’s Gareth Morris took first place for the SM with a time of 38.45 which is a new Club record and places him No1 in the UK for this distance. Pete Davey of Ashford AC, finished with a time of 42.52 making a new Club record for the Veterans. The 1500m Steeplechase was a new event for 2011 and this was supported by our Head Coach who is the England Athletics Area Coach Mentor for endurance events. It is a tactical and enduring event and because of that is not very popular amongst athletes. We are very lucky that this year at AAC a number of our endurance athletes have decided to try out the Steeplechase and it has been interesting to watch them learn how to place the ball of their foot onto the hurdle to ensure that they do not slip when they jump – in training they jump into the long jump pit. Thank you to the athletes from other clubs who came along to compete and we hope to repeat this event next year.
Next on the field was the javelin, high jump and shot. The javelin attracted 28 athletes throughout the day with the longest throw by SM Peter Wickens from AAC at 52.81m. The high jump was also very well supported with 16 athletes and the highest jump came from Aaron Barham U20M from Dartford Harriers with 1.90m. The shot attracted 22 athletes and the furthest throw of the day was made by Jonathan Ward from Ashford AC who threw 12.08m closely followed in second place by Dean Oakes from Medway and Maidstone who also threw 12.08m.
Next up on the track was the 200m where 39 athletes competed in 6 races, the fastest time reached by Rion Pierre SM from WSEH at 21.28. This was followed by the 600m where the fastest time of the day was 1.24.90 for the SM, and Caroline Hatley from Ashford AC U20W taking the fastest time at 1.45.73.
We were then pleased to welcome the race walkers and the race walking judges who had made a special trip to the Julie Rose Stadium. We were very excited to have the Deputy Chief Walking Judge for next year’s Olympics attend our event and in fact all four judges have been competitors in this event and have all been county champions at 3000 metres and also at 20 miles. The Chief Judge for the Open Meeting was Ashford AC’s race walking coach, Chris Hobbs and we are grateful to him for organising the judges and advertising the event amongst race walkers encouraging so many athletes to our Open Meeting, with special thanks to those athletes who made the trip from Aldershot, Farnham & District. We had a number of international athletes compete: Heather Butcher from Cambridge Harriers is already a National Champion and she is an England International athlete at U15. Verity Snook competing for AFD SW, is a Commonwealth Competitor and came 7th in 1994 and she has competed in China, Mexico, and Canada. Nick Silvester from AFD is a World Veterans Walking Champion, and he is also a good runner and hopes to achieve a walk/run double in the World Indoor Championships next year. Chris runs race walking coaching sessions from the Julie Rose Stadium and if you are interested in further information regarding this event, please see the website, where times of training etc. are posted.
Next on the track came the 100m. We had 62 athletes competing in 9 races. The fastest time of the day came from Rion Pierre at 10.59, narrowly missing the Julie Rose Track Record which stands at 10.55.
Cupcakes were given to all competitors in the pole vault and the discus – this was to encourage more athletes to try these events. Photos of the cupcakes are on this page.
Last event of the day on the track was the 1500m and each competitor to this event received a participation medal. This is the event that Julie Rose, Ashford AC athlete, competed in and we were delighted that Mrs Rose, Julie’s mother, was able to attend to present the medals to the participants. We were very pleased to welcome a number of athletes from the Folkestone RR who would normally run half marathons or marathons. The fastest time from this event came from Christopher Johnson from Crawley who finished in a time of 4.02.29.
We cannot put on such a large event without help from our officials, parents and helpers and there are too many to mention individually here but we would like to thank the 55 people who came to help on the day and for their patience and encouragement to all the competitors.
We are aware that there were some complaints regarding the time it took to produce the results and this is something that we will improve upon next year – this is only the second time we have put on such an event and we are all still learning. Please don’t let that put you off from coming along next year. Our focus is entirely on you, the athletes, and we hope you all had a very enjoyable day. Until next time …………!
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