It's always a highlight of the indoor season for the athletes I coach. Why? Because the Surrey's are held at the venue they train mostly at. (The David Weir Centre in Sutton). The championships are combined with those of Sussex. But despite this fields were woefully low in some events (male sprint hurdles, triple jump and long jump for seniors). It's disappointing but that's another story...
What wasn't were most of the performances from the group. The highlight of which was Pippa Earley's victory in the u17 60m hurdles. Her time of 8.41 was the fastest ever recorded in the UK and 8 tenths better than the existing record. This performance was all the more startling as it was her first race. Pippa had also picked up second in the long jump earlier on the first day of the championships with a jump of 5.67m - 20cm behind her PB. Pippa experienced difficulties converting her speed into distance off of the board - a problem that she didn't have in the hurdles where she timed her hurdle clearances to perfection.
Jonathan Ilori won the triple with a season's best of 15.44m, and showed promise that a longer jump is possible. He's not transferring optimally from the step - although his confidence is allowing him to run in quicker and achieve a bigger hop. Sarah Abrahams won the senior women's long jump with 5.71 and was unlucky not to have a longer jump but for no jumps. This was a good performance given that Sarah has missed most of the last 4-5 years out of the sport. She had a previous best as an u20 of 5.98, I'm sure she'll jump over 6 this summer.
Of the athletes I coach through Momentum, Alex Meaklim performed extraordinarily well in the u20 long jump where he set six personal bests, culminating with a 6.72m jump. Seven metres looks a distinct possibility. Not surprisingly he was a little down in the triple the next day.
So apart from Pippa , I believe, a very short indoor season is over and it'll soon be time for the Surrey outdoor champs in May.
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