Athletes from Thanet Athletics Club have been busy over the weekend, with two events taking place. First up was the Southern Athletics League meet at Twickenham on Saturday, followed by the South of England Masters meet on Sunday.
Southern Athletics League report 23/06/18
Thanet Athletics Club competed on Saturday 23rd June 2018 in the third round of the Southern Athletics league division 3 South East held at Twickenham.
With an experienced team of 10 athletes competing in both track and field events, the team managed to accumulate a score of 86 points, with many athletes competing in multiple events to help with the points tally.
Lewis Parsons competed in an astonishing 7 events, obtaining several personnel bests, while Konrad Farrall and Connor Neal competing in 4 events each, and Aston Fredricks and Will Jenkins contributing to the points total with outstanding performances.
A strong team effort saw outstanding results in the relays with a 2nd place in the men’s 100m relay, 3rd place in the men’s 400m relay, and 2nd place in the women’s 100m relay. Emily Giardina, Mia Harrison and Bianca Shuster all competed in 4 events each, with Chloe Williams competing in 3 events and Megan Williams anchoring the 100m relay.
Due to other commitments, the team was a little lighter than normal, but everyone who attended pulled together on the day, flying the flag for Thanet Athletics Club and showed an outstanding team spirit to obtain outstanding results.
The next leg of the Southern Athletics league will be held at Carshalton on Saturday 14th July, and the team are already preparing and looking forward to their next challenge.
South of England Masters report
The South of England Masters Championships were held at the Millenium Arena Battersea Park London on Sunday 24th June 2018.
At the age of 57, and probably the oldest athlete member of Thanet Athletics Club Lyn Sole competed in the 100m and the long jump.
With over 200 athletes competing on a very hot and humid day, the level of competition was extremely high.
Lyn surpassed all expectations achieving a bronze medal in the 100m with a personal best run, and jumped her way to a silver medal in the long jump. Lyn has competed in several master’s competitions this season, achieving some amazing results and has to date managed a haul of 3 golds, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals.
Lyn has said “I started this journey about 18 months ago, not really knowing if I was too old, or whether I could actually do this. TAC welcomed me with open arms and I am amazed at the way things are going. It proves if you put your mind to something, anything can be achieved!!!”
Sprint coach James Bridge has said “When Lyn came to me 18 months ago and asked me if she was too old to start training, and has done several times since…..coach was right!!!”
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