UK U20 Nationals – Bedford, 18/19 June 2016

On 18-19 June, 4 Radley athletes took part in the U20 national championships at Bedford.

Kathryn Woodcock and Luisa Chantler Edmund competed in the U20 womens' discus. After a consistent series of throws over 44m Kathryn finished the competition with a new personal best and club record of 45.89m to finish the competition in the silver medal position behind Divine Oladipo (Blackheath) who threw a UK lead distance of over 48m.

Oxon League 2016

The first Oxon league match of the year was on 30 April at Horspath, Oxford. Well done to all our athletes who competed, match results are attached. The next two matches are on 14 August (Banbury) and 4 September (Horspath).

Throws Meet, Leiria Portugal – 30 April 2016

Luisa Goes Big!!

Ambition is important in all walks of life but without the relevant skills and experience very often we fail to meet the standards we set ourselves. Exposure to higher and higher competitions, club, county, regional, and national are all steps on the road toward meeting your international aspirations. However, delivery on each of the stages is quite a different aspect of experience – in other words it’s one thing to desire success and yet another to achieve it.

County Road Relays

Radley's teams in the County Road Relays at Abingdon Rugby Club on Sunday fared well. The senior woman’s team: Emma Haley (20:18); Ana Ramos-Villaverde (21:51); Emma Huepfl (20:42) won silver. The U13/U15 girls team: Hermione Jewell (06:53); Rachel Burton (06:37); Martha Adams (06:35); Sasha Palfreyman (07:03); Hannah Mott (07:36) won bronze. Well done, results are attached.

Hay Fever Season - British Athletics Science and Medicine Update

Hay fever is more common in athletes and around 60% of our team suffer with some of the common symptoms of blocked or runny nose, sneezing, runny eyes or even just fatigue. It can be associated with worsening of asthma symptoms if you have asthma.

Symptoms are due to an allergy to pollen, and are therefore worse when the pollen count is high. Some people are allergic to grass pollen, some to tree pollen, so different people may suffer at different times of the season (grass in Spring, tree in deep Summer).

Fundraising Activity

A Golfing Voucher has been donated to Radley AC and we felt this would be a good opportunity to raise some funds for the Club by offering this voucher to a Club member or their family or friends via a Silent Auction.

The voucher details are as follows:

· 18 holes of golf

· For 4 people

· At Waterstock Golf Club, Thame Road, Oxford. OX33 1HT

· Any week day or at the weekend between now and the 19th September 2016

NB. The green fees for playing 18 holes of golf at the weekend are £29.50 pp so this is worth approximately £120.

Masters European Indoor Championships, Ancona Italy

Two athletes from Radley AC flew the flag for GBR recently - Alastair Duncan and Ben Owen. Huge congratulations to them both as Masters do not get the recognition they deserve; the standard of competition was very high with large numbers of entries.

Alastair Duncan M55 just missed the 60m semi final running 8.41.

In his 200m semi final he stormed round to 5th in 27.04 (posting a sb of 26.56 in the heat.)

SAL Match 1 – Peterborough, 16 April 2016

Radley AC made the long trip to Peterborough for their first SAL fixture of 2016 having returning to the top division (Div 1) this year.

The fixture was always going to be a tough one with the overall league winners at home (Nene Valley) as well as Colchester who finished 5th last year, whilst the other team (Harrow) was promoted along with Radley but as winners of Div 2W last year.

Radley rallied around to put a team together despite exams and injuries taking its toll and the efforts of the athletes that were there paid off.