Congratulations to Jacob (U9 Boys), Ollie (U11 Boys) & Jonah (U15 Boys) for excellent Silver medal performances in their respective Indoor Quadrathlons this year. Harvey (U13 Boys) & Alexa (U11 Girls) got close to podium finishes with their very good 4th place finishes.
As lead coach of the group, I thoroughly enjoyed watching the above achievements, along with the multitude of PBs that were achieved by the Group. I was very pleased that we had 19 members of the group competing at the event. For Annabel it was her first ever club competition and for some it was their first experience of indoor competition. In general, there was a lot of good experience and learning taking place across the group.
Quadrathlon and the open events on the day, lend themselves perfectly to Power athletes, athletes with good speed & strength and so I am delighted that as a group, we continue, irrespective of what our future event focus will be, to invest as much time & effort as possible, into these two fitness components. This I can assure you in the long term will be of benefit to every member of the group.
Watching the middle distance races gave me a lot of satisfaction for a variety of reasons. This is the one event that brings attributes other than what is required for a good throw, jump & 60m sprint. I thought the youngest in the group learnt alot about the event, whilst the older members of the group looked technically very good. What impressed me the most, was the positivity and gutsy way in which the majority of the group ran their races. The group that stood out, were the athletes who realised that they needed to lead their heats from start to finish and set a gruelling pace of their own, as they were the best athlete in the field and if they did not do so, the race would be far too slow and would develop into a sprint finish. This is by far the hardest way to run a race, but it was achieved by large margin victories by Mary, Ella & Annabel. Tactically correct, positive and very gutsy! Jonah & Louis achieved their results in a more tactical manner, both running excellent races. I think with slight adjustments to their starts Ollie & Harvey would improve even further on already good runs. A final word for Daniel, who has not been training consistently for a very long time now. As a coach, I was very impressed with the positive manner in which he tried to race.
Well done to the whole group who chose to Compete in an excellent event for ALL THE RIGHT REASONS!