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Southern Athletics League Division 2N Match 4 Horspath Road, Oxford Saturday 12th July 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:34

Southern Athletics League Division 2N Match 4 Horspath Road, Oxford Saturday 12th July 2014

A much depleted Senior Men’s and Women’s team travelled to Oxford for the fourth match of the season missing five regular members who were representing their counties at the English Schools Championships plus others who were not available due to other commitments.
There were several new personal best performances during the afternoon, Bradley Armorgie cleared an excellent 2.04 metres to win the men’s High Jump competition and also the Male athlete of the Match Award, and Eloise Meakins’ throw of 44.93 metres in the Women’s Javelin won her the Female Athlete of the Match Award for the fourth time this season.
Under 17 athlete Amy Clayton had an excellent debut for the team recording 3 new pb’s, winning the “B” string Long Jump with 4.08 metres, 3rd place in the 800 metres in 2:59.35 and 4th place in “A” string shot with 5.40 metres.  In the 400m Hurdles races there were  wins and new pb’s for Megan Breen in 72.01 and Abigail Griffiths in 76.45, followed by  another pb for Abigail in the 3000 metres race with 15:06.06. There were also new personal best performances by Daizy Lee with a 9.98 metre jump in Triple Jump, a throw of 18 metres by Kara Peck in the Hammer and a throw of 31.72 metres by Eleanor Moss to win the “B” string the Javelin competition.
Another under 17 athlete, Luke Smith ran 11.48 in the 100 metres to set a new pb, there were also new personal best performances by Joe Gaynor who ran 20.5 in the 110m Hurdles, Simon Wake who cleared 2.40 metres in Pole Vault and 11.07 metres in Triple Jump, and James Grove threw the Javelin 25.16 metres. 

Match Result

First  Oxford City   205.5 points
Second   Ipswich    187    points
Third  Herts Phoenix   178.5 points
Fourth  Dacorum & Tring   131    points  

Individual Results

100 metres
Women
• “A” Frances Slater (u23) 2nd 12.83  “B” Kara Peck (u20) 2nd 13.44
Men
• “A” Luke Smith (u17) 3rd 11.48pb  “B” Joe Gaynor (u23) 1st 12.03
200 metres
Women
• “A” Daizy Lee (u20) 2nd  26.85   “B” Megan Breen (u20) 3rd 29.73
Men
• “A” Luke Smith (u17) 3rd 23.11   “B” Andrew Walshe (u23) 2nd 24.38
400 metres
Women
• “A” Abigail Griffiths (u23) 2nd 63.55
Men
• “A” Andrew Walshe (u23) 1st 51.95  “B” Joe Gaynor (u23) 2nd 52.69
800 metres
Women
• Amy Clayton (u17) 3rd 2:59.35
Men
• “A” Beck Grover (u17) 2nd 1:59.62  “B” Aaron Cooper (u20) 1st 2:04.41
1500 metres
Men
• “A” Peter Townsend 2nd 4:13.71   “B” Joe Gaynor (u23) 3rd 4:47.50
3000 metres
Women
• Abigail Griffiths (u23) 3rd 15:06.06pb
100m Hurdles
• “A” Sally Cowler (u17) 2nd 16.16  “B” Laura Gallagher 2nd 19.68
110m Hurdles
• “A” Joe Gaynor (u23) 4th 20.57pb  “B” David Stephens 2nd 22.59
400m Hurdles
Women
• “A” Megan Breen (u20) 1st 72.01pb  “B” Abigail Griffiths (u23) 1st 76.45pb
Men
• “A” Joe Gaynor (u23) 1st 60.98   “B” David Stephens 1st 69.90
2000m Steeplechase
Women
• Megan Breen (u20) 3rd 9:28.24
3000m Steeplechase
Men
• “A” Peter Townsend 2nd 11:23.22   “B” David Stephens 3rd 14:46.06
High Jump
Women
• “A” Sally Cowler (u17) 2nd 1.55   “B” Laura Gallagher 1.40
Men
• “A” Bradley Armorgie 1st 2.04pb   “B” Joe Gaynor (u23) 2nd 1.60
Pole Vault
Men      
• “A” Simon Wake (u23) 2nd 2.40pb   “B” David Stephens 2nd 2.20
Long Jump
Women
• “A” Sally Cowler (u17) 2nd 5.01   “B” Amy Clayton (u17) 1st 4.08pb
Men
• “A” Bradley Armorgie 1st 6.41   “B” Simon Wake (u23) 3rd 5.50
Triple Jump
Women

 
Results from English Schools Championships PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Wednesday, 16 July 2014 11:25

Two medals for Herts Phoenix Athletes at English Schools Track & Field Championships 2014

Eight athletes from Herts Phoenix Athletic Club competed at the English Schools Track and Field Championships at the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham on 11th & 12th July.
All had come through their county schools selection process and were representing their county at the event attended by 45 counties from around the country. Just to be at the event is a huge privilege and each athlete had reached a very high standard to be selected.
The two intermediate-girls (U17) from the club came home with very well deserved medals.
Hannah Williams from Queenswood School and representing Hertfordshire in the 200m won the Silver medal in a National Standard time of 24.83 during Saturday’s competition having won her heat on the Friday with a new personal best and National Standard time of 24.61 taking her to 8th in the UK Age-group rankings. This makes her eligible for the home International match in Cardiff next weekend.
Laura Armorgie of Newport Free Grammar School was representing the county of Essex and won the Bronze medal in the high jump with a National Standard leap of 1.71metres which was a season’s best performance for her. She had first time clearances at all heights which proved to be very important as two other athletes also cleared this height but lost out on count back to Laura. She is a reserve for the International match and is currently ranked 6th in the UK for an U17.
Melanie Grigg, St Albans Girls’ School - Senior (Under 20) had two National Standard performances in the 400 metres Hurdles finishing 5th in the final with a time of 63.58 having run 64.32 in qualifying the previous day. Her final time was a PB which ranks her 15th in UK for an U20 this year. Mel has been steadily improving throughout the season and peaked at exactly the right time.
Eden Davis, Yavneh College - Intermediate (Under 17) in his first season of competing finished a brilliant 7th place in the Final of the 100m in a time of 11.11 which is an entry standard (ES) for the English Schools competition. He achieved an ES time of 11.07 in round one, both of these times were very close to the National Standard which he achieved in round two when he ran 11.00. He is now ranked 11th in UK for U17 Boys’ Age group.
Conor Martin, Leventhorpe School – Senior (Under 20) threw 54.59m (ES) in the Javelin competition to secure 6th place and to gain valuable points for his county team.  He is now ranked 8th in UK for U20 men in this event.
Megan Fielding, Sele School – Junior (Under 15) in her first English Schools competition came a creditable 9th place out of the 20 athletes entered clearing 4.94metres in the Long Jump and is currently ranked 10th in the UK in her Age group having jumped her 5.28 metres earlier in the season.
James Longren-Sampaio, Richard Hale – Intermediate (Under 17) also in his first English Schools competition came 10th in the Triple Jump with a leap of 12.90 metres, he is currently 9th in the UK rankings in his Age group.
Florence Stansall-Seiler, Presdales School – Senior (Under 20) competed in the 1500m Steeplechase. She completed the race in 5:29.37 to finish in 11th place. She has been steadily improving over the season and is ranked 13th in the UK rankings in this Age group.
The experience for all of the athletes was a good one getting them used to high level competition and to be staying away from home with their teams throughout the weekend.

Individual Results

Junior Girls (under 15)
Long Jump
• Megan Fielding 9th 4.94 metres

Intermediate Girls (Under 17)
200 metres
• Hannah Williams Round 1, Heat 3 - 1st 24.61ns PB
               Final 2nd 24.83 ns
High Jump
• Laura Armorgie 3rd 1.71 metres ns

Senior Girls (Under 20)
400m Hurdles
• Melanie Grigg Round 1 heat 1 3rd 64.32 ns
         Final 5th 63.58 ns PB
1500m Steeplechase
• Florence Stansall-Seiler 11th 5:29.37

Intermediate Boys (Under 17)
100 metres
• Eden Davis Round 1 heat 5 3rd 11.07
                   Semi Final 2nd 11.00 ns
                   Final 7th 11.11
Triple Jump
• James Longrenn-Sampaio 10th 12.90 metres

Senior Boys (Under 20)
Javelin
• Conor Martin 6th 54.59 metres

 
Perfect Balance Clinic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Monday, 21 July 2014 20:00

We are delighted to announce our affiliation programme with Perfect Balance Clinic. This is a fantastic opportunity for club athletes to get specialist help to resolve sports related aches and pains as well as reduce the risk of injury re-occurrence.

The main benefits of the programme are:

  1. highly preferential rates and free screening consultation for athletes meeting the Club’s eligibility criteria
  2. special events and offers for all Club athletes
  3. £10 discount on your first visit to Perfect Balance for all Club athletes

A short Q&A about Perfect Balance and the programme is provided below. If you have any other queries, don’t hesitate to contact Nick Lloyd on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

What services does Perfect Balance offer?

Perfect Balance are specialists in pain relief and injury rehabilitation, with practitioners in all the main areas, including:

► Physiotherapy ► Sports Injury Rehab
► Pilates ► Running Clinic
► Osteopathy ► K-Laser Therapy
► Sports Massage ► Kinesio Taping
► Shock Wave Therapy
► Podiatry/Foot care

How does the programme work?

We have tried to structure the programme to reward an athlete’s commitment to training and competition, and to motivate them to improve their performance by creating 2 tiers of benefits: Tier 1 and Tier 2. These tiers determine the level of discount an athlete will receive when having treatment from Perfect Balance. We have determined the eligibility criteria for each tier (see below) - any athlete who meets these standards can benefit from the agreed preferential rates.

These rates are applicable on all treatments listed above except for Shock Wave and K Laser.

Note: If you’re covered by private medical insurance, you will still be able to access these services but Perfect Balance will bill the normal amounts to your insurance company. Any treatments that are not covered by insurance e.g. sports massage will still be offered at the reduced rate.

What are the eligibility criteria for the programme?

There are 3 main eligibility criteria: 1. Training Commitment 2. Commitment to competing for the Club 3. Event Achievement

For Tier 1 Athletes, the event achievement criteria are as follows:

  • U15, U17 & U20 age groups: achievement of the English Schools Standard (ESAA)
  • U13’s: rank inside the Top 25 in the UK for their age group
  • Seniors: achieve ‘UK 100 Target’ set on the Power of 10 database.

For Tier 2 Athletes, the achievement criteria is to achieve County Standard in their event

Tier 2 athletes who gain the ESAA standard will be upgraded to Tier 1 in the following month.

How many athletes are eligible at the moment and how often is eligibility reviewed?

At present, there are 51 eligible athletes who have all been notified. If you become  eligible throughout the course of the season, you will be sent an email giving you details of how to register and to claim your free screening consultation.

Eligibility will be reviewed monthly between April and September, and we anticipate that the number of eligible athletes may rise to as many as 85 at any one time.

How long will my eligibility last?

Athletes will qualify from the month following their qualifying performance until September the following year e.g. an athlete who qualifies as a Tier 1 or Tier 2 athlete in June 2014 will continue to be eligible for services up until September 2015. However, if you subsequently achieve a Tier 1 or Tier 2 performance again the following year, your eligibility will be extended for another 12 months.

We will always write to you to confirm whenever there is any change to your eligibility.

Does it cost me to register?

It does not cost you anything to register. You only pay for your treatment at the reduced rates as and when you need it. The free screening offer is also really FREE!

Do I need to be injured to register?

No. Please don’t wait until you are injured to register. If you receive an email confirming your eligibility, the offer will be withdrawn if you don’t respond within required timescales. In the event that you don’t reply on time, you will not be able to register again for the current year, and will only be written to again if you qualify again the following year.

This sounds too good to be true. What do I have to do in return?

This is indeed a great opportunity, but you genuinely only have to pay for the treatment you receive at the discounted rates. All that Perfect Balance asks in return is that you use social media e.g. Twitter, facebook to write about your experience

Can I use Perfect Balance even if I don’t qualify?

Any Herts Phoenix athlete can use Perfect Balance but will not be eligible for the discounts received by Tier 1 & Tier 2 athletes. However, all Club athletes will be entitled to claim a £10 discount on your first visit to perfect balance.

Where do I have to go for my treatment?

Although Perfect Balance has clinics in St Paul’s & Harley Street in London, this offer only applies to their clinics in Hatfield (Next Generation) and St Albans (Fitness First & Verulam).

What does the free screening consultation involve?

There will be 3 main elements to the screening, which together will take about an hour to complete:

  • a bike assessment to look for leg asymmetries
  • an injury review
  • a biomechanical screen

Once completed, this will enable the Perfect Balance team to understand current or potential issues and give advice on the appropriate course of action. This is aimed at injury prevention.

Following the screening, each athlete will be setup on Perfect Balance’s online exercise database to ensure they get a tailored stretching programme which addresses these issues. 

What sort of special events and offers will be available?

From time to time, Perfect Balance will launch new services (eg free trial for forthcoming Pilates for runners) and/or run special events (eg sports massage pop ups at events), available to all Herts Phoenix athletes. News about these events and offers will be available via our Facebook page, email or on the website.

Why should I try Perfect Balance?

Apart from the financial benefits, we believe Perfect Balance are really excellent at what they do and that Perfect Balance is different to other companies offering similar services:

  1. The breadth and depth of expertise of the team – Perfect Balance has experienced specialists in all the key areas and all its team are fully qualified, fully insured and registered to practice.
  2. The treatment ethos and integrated approach to patient care – Perfect Balance operates as an integrated team to resolve issues quickly as well as identifying and treating the root causes of pain/injury to help prevent re-occurrence
  3. The Commitment and focus on individual patient needs – Perfect Balance recognises that every client has special requirements and prides itself on maintaining a professional yet personal touch.

What have other Herts Phoenix athletes said about Perfect Balance?

We have already had excellent feedback from athletes using Perfect Balance services – here are just a few of their comments:

Hannah Lloyd Jun 15
Thanks to all the help from @PBClinic I came away from Southerns with a bronze medal and a new PB!!

laura Jun 16
So happy with yesterdays performance; achieving a seasons best.Thank you to the work done by @PBClinic to help me begin my #rehabilitation

James Lonngren Sampaio Jun 11
Got a pretty bad case of shin splints, thanks to the physio services from Perfect Balance Clinic, they are rapidly improving! Thanks!

 
Rebecca Porter PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:40

Congratulations to Rebecca Porter on winning the under 15 Girls’ Discus event at the Scottish Schools Track and Field Championships at Hampden Park, Glasgow on Saturday 21st June with a throw of 30.51 metres, this is the third successive year that she has won her age group discus competition. The Scottish Schools Championships were being used as a trial of the new facilities in the Commonwealth Games stadium.

 
SAL Match 3 Harrow 21st June 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adrian Newman   
Tuesday, 01 July 2014 09:02

Southern Athletics League Division 2N Match 3 Saturday 21st June at Bannister Track, Harrow

This was always going to be a tough match with the 4 clubs involved occupying 1st, 3rd, 5th and 6th places in Division 2 North after the second round of fixtures and so it turned out with the men only being able to record 4 first places against the very strong athletes from Harrow, Milton Keynes and Basildon. Under 17 athlete Eden Davis won his “B” string 200 metres race in 23.4 seconds, Joe gaynor scored maximum points in the “B” string 400m Hurdles in 51.8 seconds whilst Bradley Armorgie cleared 1.98 metres in winning the High Jump competition. Then in the last event of the day the men’s 4 x 400m relay team secured victory with a winning time of 3 minutes 32.0 seconds.a number of athletes recorded new personal best performances with Peter Townsend improving nearly 4 seconds in his 800 metres race and also setting a new pb in the 5000 metres event, Jamie Philpott continues to chip away at his 1500 metres time. Ryan Faulkner, making his debut for the senior men’s team ran a new personal best in the 5000 metre knocking seconds off his previous best time. David Stephens had a busy afternoon, competing in four events and recording new pb’s in the 110 and 400 metres Hurdles events, Joe Gaynor set a new pb in High Jump. The team throwers had a good day with Jason Kingwell improving his Shot Putt and Hammer records, James Grove also set a new pb in his Hammer event and Simon Wake set a new pb in Javelin. 

The Club’s women also performed well, in the first events of the day Phoebe Love ran a personal best in the 400m hurdles (71.5s) to secure second place in the A string, while Megan Breen ran a seasons best (73.9s) to also secure second place in the B string. The Club saw some respectable individual performances and some excellent competition, there were several seasons’ best with both Polly Woods (28.4s) and Abigail Griffiths (27.5s) in the 200m, Laura Gallagher 1st ‘A’ (60.6s), and Abigail Griffiths ns (61.00s) in the 400m. Isobel Found ‘A’ (5:09.6) impressed on the day securing a new personal best in the 1500m. No one came close to catching Florence Stansall-Seiler as she continued her run of fantastic form smashing her PB yet again in the 1500m steeplechase with a time of 5:18.6. There was more personal success for Hannah Booth who set a new personal best of 11:16.0 in the 3000m. Sally Cowler impressed on both the field and the track, she secured maximum points for the team winning the 100m hurdles in a personal best time of 16.9s, and came an impressive second in the long jump with 5.19m. The field events also saw some excellent performances with Gemma Armorgie fresh from a Bronze medal at nationals jumping 1.60m to finish second. On her return to competition Daizy Lee jumped a seasons best in the Long Jump to secure second place in the B string with a jump of 4.45m, she also threw a personal best in the discus (9.54) for fourth place. In the Triple Jump Kara Peck was agonisingly close to her personal best of 10.71m jumping 10.70m to get maximum points for the team. Both Polly Woods (24.09m ‘A’) and Laura Gallagher (20.34m ‘B’) threw seasons best in the Hammer to finish fourth respectively. There was success in the Javelin as Eloise Meakins scored maximum points with a throw of 45.47m and Eleanor Moss threw 30.47m to finish second. In the final race of the day, the 4x400 metre relay team consisting of Abigail Girffiths, Daizy Lee, Megan Breen and Laura Gallagher came a very close and hard fought second to top off a good day at the office for the team.


Match Result
First  Harrow    220 points
Second  Marshall Milton Keynes  187 points
Third  Herts Phoenix    172.5 points
Fourth   Basildon   141.5 points 

Individual Results
100 metres
Women
• “A” Sally Cowler (u17) 4th 13.5   “B” Sophie Segun (u17) 2nd 12.8
Men
• “A” Eden Davis (u17) 3rd 11.5   “B” James Odeniyi (u20) 2nd 11.5
200 metres
Women
• “A”Sophie Segun (u17) 2nd 26.4   “B” Abigail Griffiths (u23) 2nd 27.5
Men
• “A” Luke Smith (u17) 3rd 22.9   “B” Eden Davis (u17) 1st 23.4
400 metres
Women
• “A” Laura Gallagher 1st 60.6   “B” Daizy Lee (u20) 2nd 62.1
Men
• “A” Dominic Spike 2nd 50.6   “B” Joe Gaynor 1st 51.8
800 metres
Women
• Alicia Found (u20) 4th 2:29.7
Men
• Alex Cloona (u23) 4th 2:01.1   “B” Peter Townsend 3rd 2:01.7pb
1500 metres
Women
• “A” Isabel Found (u20) 3rd 5:09.6pb  “B” Elizabeth Doyle (u23) 4th 5:48.9
Men
• Jamie Philpott (u17) 4th 4:15.9pb
3000 metres
Women
• Hannah Booth (u17) 4th 11:16.0pb
5000 metres
Men
• “A” Peter Townsend 4th 16:22.8pb  “B” Ryan Faulkner (u23) 2nd 18:08.4pb
100m Hurdles
Women
• “A” Sally Cowler (u17) 1st 16.9pb   “B” Abigail Griffiths (u23) 3rd 25.1
110m Hurdles
Men
• “A” David Stephens 3rd 21.9pb   “B” Joe Gaynor (u23) 2nd 22.1
400m Hurdles
Women
• “A” Phoebe Love (u17) 2nd 71.5pb   “B” Megan Breen (u20) 2nd 73.9
Men
• “A” Joe Gaynor (u23) 2nd 60.7   “B” David Stephens 2nd 68.6pb
1500m Steeplechase
Women
• “A” Florence Stansall-Seiler (u20) 1st 5:18.6pb “B” Megan Breen (u20) 2nd 6:11.8
2000m Steeplechase
Men
• “A” David Stephens 3rd 8:28.6   “B” Bradley Hawthorn (u17) 3rd 8:41.6pb
High Jump
Women
• “A” Gemma Armorgie (u20) 2nd 1.60  “B” Laura Gallagher 3rd 1.40
Men
• “A” Bradley Armorgie 1st 1.98   “B” Joe Gaynor (u23) 3rd 1.65pb
Pole Vault
Men
• “A” Bradley Armorgie 2nd 2.60   “B” David Stephens 3rd 2.20
Long Jump
Women
• “A” Sally Cowler (u17) 2nd 5.19   “B” Daizy Lee (u20) 2nd 4.45
Men
• “A” Bradley Armorgie 4th 6.08   “B” Ian Tobin 3rd 5.93
Triple Jump
Women
• “A” Kara Peck (20) 1st 10.7   “B” Laura Gallagher 2nd 8.77
Men
• “A” James Lonngren-Sampaio (U17) 2nd 13.25 “B” Dominic Spike 2nd 12.01
Shot Putt
Women
• “A” Polly Woods (u23) 4th 9.06   “B” Kara Peck (u20) 4th 6.61pb
Men
• “A” Jason Kingwell (V40) 3rd 11.25pb  “B” Simon Wake (u23) 2nd 10.32
Discus
Women
• “A” Eleanor Moss (u20) 4th 16.97  “B” Daizy Lee (u20) 4th 9.54pb
Men
• “A” Jason Kingwell (V40) 3rd 32.53  “B” James Grove (u23) 2nd 29.05
Hammer
Women
• “A” Polly Woods (u23) 4th 24.09   “B” Laura Gallagher 4th 20.34pb
Men
• “A” Jason Kingwell (V40) 2nd 43.71pb  “B” James Grove (u23) 2nd 30.14pb
Javelin
Women
• “A” Eloise Meakins (u23) 1st 45.47  “B” Eleanor Moss (u20) 2nd 30.47
Men
• “A” Simon Wake (u23) 3rd 45.97pb  “B” Dominic Spike 3rd 34.81
4 x 100m Relay
Women
• Herts Phoenix 3rd 52.3
Men
• Herts Phoenix 2nd 45.2
4 x 400m Relay
Women
• Herts Phoenix 2nd 4:16.1
               Abigail Griffiths 63.5, Daizy Lee 62.8, Megan Breen 69.6, Laura Gallagher 60.2
Men
• Herts Phoenix 1st 3:32.0
Joe Gaynor 52.2, Eden Davis 54.6, Luke Smith 53.9, Dominic Spike 51.3

Non-Scorers

200 metres
James Odeniyi (u20) 23.3
Bradley Hawthorn (u17) 24.6
Polly Woods (u23) 28.4
400 metres
William Dackus (u20) 55.5
Albie Langdon (u20) 58.5
Abigail Griffiths (u23) 61.0
1500 metres
Anthony Bryan (T37) 6:09.9
Long Jump
James Lonngren-Sampaio (u17) 6.27
Bradley Hawthorn (u17) 5.77
Shot Putt
James Grove (u23) 8.54
     

 
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