The Club's athletes have been having an outstandingly successful season both with International recognition and club records falling. Having already done the qualifying time, Adelle Tracey following her second place in the 800m in the World Championship Trials in Birmingham, has won automatic selection for the World Championships in London in August. On Sunday she set a new personal best of 2.00.34 competing in the Olympic Stadium in the Diamond league 800.
At least two more Gees will be on International duty this summer. Claudia Lance Jones will soon be off to the Bahamas to compete for England in the Commonwealth Youth Games (U18) in the 3000m. She has already broken a Club record of 32 years standing with her time of 9.39.51 in the 3000m at the Loughborough International meeting.
Olivia Okoli has already had one International competition this season in Mannheim where she beat her own Club record for the 100m for the third time this year with her time of 11.62 in coming second. She will be a member of the Great Britain team who will be competing in the European U20 Championships in Grosseto, Italy from July 23rd. She has also been selected for the 100m and the 4 x100m relay.
Meanwhile last weekend more Club members were in Birmingham competing successfully in the prestigious English schools Championships. Ellie Grove whose 400m times have seen a massive improvement this year raced to a new best of 55.84 to win the silver medal in the U20 400m championships. Two hurdlers recorded personal bests. Megan Hildrew came 5th in the U20 100m hurdles in 14.33 and Marcey Winter, running in the U17 300m hurdles, set a new personal best of 45.06 to qualify for the final where she finished seventh.
Two under 15 boys were having their experience of competition at the English Schools. Anton Joseph improved his personal best by more than a metre when he threw the hammer 48m 04 to finish just out of the medals in fourth place. In his first season of Club athletics Tom Foreman finished sixth in the high jump with a leap of 1m75. In the Surrey Schools Championships he had leapt 1m81 to set a new Club record.
Club Connect Relays at the Diamond League meeting
Four Guildford and Godalming teams were invited because of their performances this season to compete in the Club Connect relays at the Olympic stadium at the beginning of the Diamond league meeting on Sunday. This was an exciting experience for them all and all the teams broke the Club records for their age groups.
The Under 13 Girls - Charlotte Black, Katie Keiller, Cariad Norris and Chloe Gibney were the first team to experience walking out into the big arena and they finished in 6th place in 54.25. They were quickly followed by the Under 13 Boys team of Sam Hinton, Luke Dronfield, Jack Westerman and Sam Sherlock who went even better and finished fourth in 52.62 .
After a gap while the Under 15 and Under 17 team were racing it was the turn of the Under 20 women and they excelled themselves winning in 45.75 , a time which even astounded the commentator, and puts them 4th on the national senior relay rankings for this season behind three International teams. The team was led off by Megan Hildrew who immediately made inroads into the opposition, she handed over to Jemma Wood who maintained the position before handing on to Ellie Grove who ran an impressive bend and Olivia Okoli who continued to draw away from the opposition. The U20 and senior Club 4 x100m record were well beaten.
The Under 20 men were unable to quite equal this but none the less broke the Club's Under 20 and senior men's 4 x200m records when they recorded 43.61 for their sixth place. The team included two Under 17 boys, Hugo Rodriguez who ran first and George Mears who ran second. Jonty Mitchell and Luke Kelly were the third and fourth runners.
The Club is now looking forward to seeing Georgina Hermitage competing in the Olympic Stadium in the World Paralympic Athletic Championships which start on July 14th. Hermitage will be competing in the 100m and 400m, events in which she won Olympic gold last year in Rio.