The blend of athletes from the two clubs combined well to register a large points total of 795, well ahead of Guildford and Godalming in second on 582, and St Albans in third on 544. There are eight teams in total competing at each match.
There were many season’s bests, personal bests and event victories for the South Bucks athletes. In the U20 men’s events there were wins for Jordan Layne in the A string 400m with a best time of 50.5. Will Perkin with 4.16.3 in the A string and Matt Simpson with 4.22.3 in the B string did the double in the 1500m, and Brad Lawrence won the 2000m steeplechase.
There were also excellent contributions in the U20s from Ben Wooding (who was fifth in the A string 100m in 11.6 an won the B string 200m in 23.5), James McCarthy (third in the B string 400m in a PB of 52.4), James Roberts, Joe Aherne (second in the B string 800m in a PB of 2.00.3), Kieran Gilfedder, Josh Penhaligon, Fabian Everiss (fourth in A string javelin with 31.79m) and Sam Henning (third in A string discus with 20.85m).
In the U20 women’s events there were wins from Emma Delgado in the 800m (2.21.2) and another double 1500m win from Hannah Thear in the A string (5.05.4) and Amy Harris in the B string (5.28.5). Sophie Chesterman won the 3000m in new best time of 11.28.1.
The U20 women were strong across many events with Sophie Matthews, Sarah Cross (second and third in the B string sprints, third in A string javelin, Caitlin Neale, Hannah Shepard (third in A string 400m in 63.4), Marissa Robertson, Georgina Russell, Claire Baxter (second in A string steeplechase and B string discus) and Georgina Haley all contributing good points.
Josh Parry had an excellent day, winning the U17 men’s 100m and 200m with great times of 11.2 and 23.3. Tim Rogers with 52.4 in the A string, and Jamie Lloyd with 54.3 in the B string had a double 400m win. Yet another double 1500m win came from Jack Blyth (4.29.9) in the A string and David Clark (4.42.7) in the B string. Jonty Wager-Leigh with 9.26.8 and Richard Slade with 10.27.0 carried on the middle distance success in the 3000m, as did Dan Weathers and Aidan Kingman in the 1500m steeplechase in 5.05.2 and 5.09.6 respectively.
There was excellent back up for the U17 s from Rhys Aitchison (second in A string shot, and B string 100m), Scott Clare, Toby Smith (fifth in A string 800m with a PB of 2.11.5), Luke Seymour, Kai McKenzie, Nick Colledge, Fabian Everiss (fifth in discus with 16.15m), Ryan King and Josh Penhaligon.
Although there were only two wins for the U17 women, Katie Bench with a new best of 11.16.3 in the B string 3000m and Megan Styles in the 1500m steeplechase with 5.45.4, there were great performances from Rachel Klima (fifth in A string 100m in 13.3 and fourth in B string 200m in 27.1) and Rochelle Jack in the sprints and strong efforts from Emma Delgado, Tash Taylor, Georgina Haley, Amy Gant, Rachel Padwick (third in A string 1500m in 5.11.4), Claire Buttivant (fourth in hammer and discus, seventh in shot), Fran Luttrell (fourth in B string 300m) and Fran Lacey (third in A string high jump) elsewhere.
In the relays South Bucks achieved one third place, six second places, but the last event of the day was a great win for the U20 men’s 4 x 400m team of James Roberts, Matt Simpson, Brad Lawrence and Jordan Layne with a good time of 3.35.5.
The team head to Sutton on June 1st for match 2, full of confidence after a great start.
We also had an article in the Bucks Free Press