Southern Athletic League

In their final Southern Athletic League match of the season Guildford and Godalming Athletic Club found themselves competing at Eton against the league leaders Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow who provided tough opposition and the Gees ended the afternoon in second place ahead of Poole and Fleet & Crookham.

One of the big plusses of the afternoon was the form of Georgina Hermitage less than a week before she heads of to Rio to represent Great Britain in the Paralympic Games in the 100m and 400m.  She set personal best performances of 13.3 and 59. 6 in coming second in both A string races.

The sprints provided most success for the Guildford men with Luke Kelly winning both the A 100m in 11.3 and the 200m in 22.8 and Harry Spawforth winning the 400m in 51.5.  Darren Dods made his usual massive contribution to the team score competing in no fewer than 10 A string individual events.  Tony Mitchell and Shaun Cregeen also made a good contribution to the points score with their efforts in five and four events respectively.   On the field sixteen year old Jonty Mitchell throwing a senior weight 800g javelin made an 8m improvement when he threw out to 37m 19.

For the women there was one clean sweep on the track with Yasmin Goater winning the A 1500m race and Pippa Monk winning the B. As they were racing in senior competition two fifteen year olds Marcey Winter and Lara Benkert had to race over 400m hurdles rather than 300m but took well to the challenge and set times of 68.9 and 69.7 in coming second in the A race and first in the B.  Jemma Wood made a promising debut in the 400m when she won her race in 58.9

Similarly in the throwing events Tandia Pritchard and Jessica Pelham had to throw senior weights for the first time in the shot put and the hammer with both girls finishing second in the A and B events.

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