On Sunday 8 November two athletes went to Sheffield English institute of Sport to compete in the Northern Athletics Open meeting. This was a season opener and earlier than normal this year. Nathan Pickering competed in his usual short sprint but lacked the strength to compete a good run fading after leading at the 40m mark. He finished with a personal best time of 7.87 which was comfortably below the qualifying standard for the 60m England Athletics Under 15 Championships. Nathan also ran a good 600m finishing with a time of 1:48.89 a respectable time considering he prefers the shorter sprints.
Devon Spencer also travelled to Sheffield as part of her on going training and recorded a leap of 10.35m in the ladies triple jump.
On Saturday 22 November a larger group travelled to the same venue in the Notts AAA open meeting and produced some excellent early season performances. The principles behind the meeting are to get a good blast out whilst the weather is too damp and cold outside. We don't have much in the way of local facilities so these meetings are a good opportunity.
Performances of the day probably went to Megan Pusey, a unsung hero at the club who frequently stepped in to score valuable points for the team events during the summer. She started the day running a personal best 60m of 8.7s before beating that time again in the second round recording 8.6s. She then ran the 300m over 3 seconds quicker than last year recording an indoor personal best of 46.2s to prove that the hard work she has been putting in is beneficial.
Jasmine Allen also showed the effects of training hard running an indoor personal best over the 300m and again a second faster than at the same meeting last year with a time of 45.4. Jasmine has already qualified for the National Championships for the 60m, 200m and long jump but there is not a 300m contest at that meeting. In the long jump she was disappointed with her leap of 4.31 but it is hard to convince such athletes that she did jump further than the same time last year so it should be positive. Emily Maltby also jumped 4.91m in the same event.
Emily Maltby and Devon Spencer completed the Nene Valley athletes attending. Both ladies competed in the same triple jump competition taking the indoor opportunity to get some valuable training in. Emily jumped a respectable 10.80m whereas Devon was disappointed with her jump of 10.27m but after chatting through it realised it was not so bad as she had been training heavily recently.
Emily looked very smooth over the 60m hurdles after moving into the hurdles over the summer to fill gaps in the team, she ran a club record and personal best time of 9.5s to complete an excellent early outing for the club.