(4) SCAA U11 SPORTSHALL, GUILDFORD SPECTRUM, 29TH JANUARY 2023
The event was pleased to have Sir Mo Farah in attendance.
He presented the medals at the end of the meeting. He also gave a fantastic motivational speech, telling them that he started in Sportshall athletics as a junior and they "should not be scared to dream big".
Competing in the World Athletics Tour meeting held on 4th February 2023 in Hustopece, Czech Republic, Morgan Lake (WSEH) set a new British Record for the Senior Women High Jump when she cleared 1.99m. This is higher than the current British outdoor record of 1.98m. The previous Surrey Indoor record of 1.95m was set by Debbie Marti (Bromley Ladies) in 1997.
Competing in the Milrose Games in New York on 11th February 2023 Katie Snowden (Herne Hill Harriers) set a new Surrey Senior Mile record of 4:21.19. This was an improvement on the previous record of 4:31.2 which was set by Jo White (Mitcham) in 1988. Katie also set a new 1500m record during the race of 4:03.98 which was improvement of the previous record of 4:10.09 which she set in 2018.
(8) UK INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, NIA BIRMINGHAM, SATURDAY/SUNDAY, 18TH/19TH FEBRUARY 2023
Congratulations to Jade Ive (Sutton & District) and Morgan Lake (Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow)on their victories in the Pole Vault and High Jump. Surrey athletes won 6 medals at the championships - 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze.
(9) SOUTH EAST REGION SPORTSHALL FINALS, BURGESS HILL, 26TH FEBRUARY 2023
Our Under-11 Sportshall teams
Our Under-13 & Under-15 Sportshall teams
(10) SOUTH EAST REGION SPORTSHALL FINALS, BURGESS HILL, 26TH FEBRUARY 2023
Congratulations to the Surrey teams on their amazing results:-
U11 Girls won team Gold
U11 Boys won team Silver
U13 Girls won team Silver
U13 Boys won team Gold
U15 Girls won team Gold
U15 Boys won team Gold
Congratulations to our wonderful Team managers, Laura, Fran, Graham and Josh.
The U11s do not have a national final but the u13 and 15 winners do, so our three winning teams qualify for the National Finals to be held at Stoke-on-Trent on the 1st April 2023. We wait to hear if the U13 girls may still qualify as a highest scoring team compared with the other regions.
(11) EUROPEAN INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ISTANBUL, TURKEY, 2ND-5TH MARCH 2023
The following Surrey athletes have been selected for the GB & NI team:-
Thurs 2nd March pm - Morgan Lake cleared 1.91m in the High Jump qualification to qualify for Sunday's Final.
Fri 3rd March am - Katie Snowden was third in her heat of the 1500m to qualify for Saturday's Final.
Sat 4th March am - Jack Rowe was 5th in his heat of the 3000m to qualify for Sunday's Final.
Sat 4th March pm - Katie Snowden was 5th in the final of the 1500m.
Sun 5th March am - Morgan Lake was =7th in the High Jump final.
Sun 5th March pm - Nicole Kendall (3rd leg) & Mary Abichi (4th leg) ran in the 4x400m relay where the British team finished 6th. Jack Rowe was 9th in the 3000m final.
All performances have now been included in the Surrey Championship Results database. Athletes with pre-existing profiles will have had them updated. Details from the field event cards have been included.
SENIOR WOMEN 1ST; UNDER-13 GIRLS 2ND & UNDER-13 BOYS 3RD.
Individually Caspian Holmes (Herne Hill) was 2nd in the U13 Boys race and Kitty Scott (Aldershot, Farnham & District) was 3rd in the U13 Girls race.
Mike Gowan died recently. He was a member of Herne Hill Harriers throughout his athletic career. He won the Surrey Youth Mile title in 1960 with a Championship Best Performance of 4:31.2. Subsequently
he won the Junior Men Mile and 2 Miles titles in 1962. In his Senior career he competed against a strong group of middle distance runners at the Surrey County Championships held at Motspur Park during the 1960s - winning the Mile title in 1964.
Valerie Winn died on 27th March 2023 aged 93. Valerie Ball broke the World Record for 880 yards in 1952 with a time of 2:14.5. She was unfortunate that, at that time, the International Olympic Committee did not permit women to run further than 200m in the Olympic Games and so she was denied the opportunity to gain an Olympic medal. She joined Spartan Ladies AC in 1947. In 1948, aged 18, she won the WAAA 400 metres in 60.8. This was the first of 6 successive national titles at 400m/440yards. After her retirement from athletics she coached various sports at the Barn Elms Sports Club. She developed an even greater passion for tennis, competing in the Wimbledon Ladies Veterans Tournament.
Ray died recently. He was a member of Belgrave Harriers. He competed regularly during the 1950s and 1960s in walking events at a time when Surrey was very strong in this discipline. In 1962 he finished 13th in the European Championships 50k Walk.
(17) SURREY COUNTY DISABILITY TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, WEIR ARCHER ATHLETICS CENTRE, KINGSMEADOW, 1ST APRIL 2023
Competing in the Crawley Open Meeting on 10th April 2023 Elise Christian (Guildford & Godalming) set a new record of 45.44m for the U15 Girls 500g Javelin. She had set the previous record of 44.52m in August 2022. This places her number 5 on the UK All-time listings.
Competing in the BMC Gold Standard Meeting at Birmingham University on 10th May 2023 James Dargan (Aldershot, Farnham & District) set a new Surrey record for 3000m of 8:04.53. This beat the previous record of 8:05.1 set by Jon Dennis (Camberley & District nearly 35 years ago in August 1988.