SOUTH LONDON ATHLETIC
NETWORK OPEN MEETING
January 5th 2014
Indoor Events: 60m,
Shot Putt, Pole Vault
The South London Athletics Network
hosted its 4thAnnual indoor open at the David Weir Leisure
Centre. As has become the norm over the previous years the
meeting provided an opportunity for many local athletes to post
early season marks ahead of the indoor championships.
This year like past years provided
numerous Personal Bests, Season bests and National Qualifiers.
Over the three events 125 personal bests were achieved by the
158 athletes competing. The athletes competing extended the full
gambut of the athletic community ranging from 11 year olds to
M70ís competing in the Pole Vault and all age groups in between.
Some of the outstanding performances
were achieved in the 60 meters. Marvin Popoola (Herne Hill
Harriers) led the way running the fastest time in the Menís
competition with 6.84secs which puts him 2nd in the UK rankings
ans number 1 in the U20 rankings. Fastest in the womenís
competition was talent youngster Ashleigh Clarke (Croydon
Harriers) who recorded a time of 7.74secs which leads the UK
rankings for U17ís. Ashleigh was closely followed by Charmont
Webster-Tape (Sutton & District AC) who ran a very impressive
7.85secs to lead the UK rankings for the U15ís age group. Other
notable times came from Chuka Ajeh (Croydon Harriers) who ran
7.44secs to go to 2nd in the UK U15 rankings. Marcia Sey
(Croydon Harriers) & Ore Adamson (Herne Hill Harriers) ran
8.31secs & 8.37secs to go first and second in the UK U13
A few special mentions that helped
make the competition possible.
Don Anderson (Belgrave Harriers) and his
electronic timing team including Bill Laws. Don volunteers his
time and expertise at no cost and without him this meeting just
would not exist. Don spends 2 days setting up and another day to
break down so it is no easy task. He also remains completely
calm when all around him are losing their
Nigel Bongers (Holland Sports) Field
Nigel helped run both Shot and Pole
Vault competitions and organise the officials. He arrived before
both competitions started and did not leave until the pole vault
competition ended shortly before 6pm. The Network cannot thank
you enough for volunteering your time for such a long day. His
recent award at the BBC Sports Personality Award ceremony was
The Field Officials
Caroline Powell, Carol Munns, (Croydon
Harriers) Graeme Lodge (Sutton & District AC), Anne Roden, Ray
Thompson (South London Harriers) & Peter Kerr (Sutton & District
AC), for doing a great job running these events. It was great to
see newly qualified official Graeme getting stuck in and holding
the bar all day long from 10am until nearly 6pm!
Newly Quailed Track Officials Simon &
Marney Loughran (Croydon Harriers), Alistair Henderson, Colin
Keane (Hercules Wimbledon AC), Sharon Wrightman (Herne Hill
Harriers)& Keith Field (Sutton & District AC), who gained
valuable experience. Nick Getting (Hercules Wimbledon AC) who
looked after our newly qualified officials on the day and was
the driving force it getting the courses recently set up and the
mentoring the above participants. This is indeed a valuable
Nigel Stone (Herne Hill Harriers)
despite this being a work day for him! provided manual timing
back up for Don.
Jakub Stegner Herne Hill Harriers) our
starter on the day who despite the volume of races remained calm
and gave every athlete a fair chance.
Paul Lockyer and Keith Field (Sutton &
District AC) for seeding the races on the day despite having
very little time in which to do it!
Steve Bosley (Herne Hill Harriers) for
helping with Marksman duties and helping to herd cats
(sprinters) to their correct races.
On the day Entries
The Registration team of Peter Kerr, Ray
Thompson, Sarah Hodge, Mandy Walters, Stephanie Kerr (Sutton &
District AC) & Steve Bosley. The team performed miracles during
a very busy time despite being constantly pestered to complete
the process in an unreasonable time!
Extra thank you to Peter Kerr who was
first to arrive at the venue with Don and the last to leave
after helping complete the Pole Vault competition and helped
fill in the many gabs and roles that needed filling!
Additional thank you to Anne Roden to
raiding the Church Collection box in the morning to make sure we
had enough pound coins!
The event was a good example of how the
Network can come together and organise a quality local event for
its members clubs and extended community. It was especially
pleasing to see no less than seven newly qualified officials
from recent SLAN sponsored Officials Courses at Wimbledon Park
and Sutton Arena gain valuable experience at the competition.
Full results can be found: