Strength and conditioning training – 30th Nov

All middle distance and endurance athletes who attend training on Thursday nights are encouraged to attend the strength and conditioning session with AJ on Thursday 30th November. This session is of course open to all other athletes as well as the middle distance and endurance athletes.

The following strength and conditioning session is likely to be Thursday 21st December depending on the dates of closure of the University.

28th Masters’ Throws and Open Meeting – Sunday 14th August

Entries are OPEN for all club members and Masters to come and compete at a variety of events at the 28th Masters’ Throws and Open Meeting – Sunday 14th August (UKA rules will apply).

The timetable is here

To enter please do so via the online entry form

Entry is free for SMRAC members only. For non-members the first event is £4 and additional events are £2 per event.

Southern Athletics League Match 2 – women’s match report

A massive thank you to all the ladies who came out to play, we didn’t manage to cover all events but we did well in the events that we did cover. Good luck to all the ladies who have exams this week and had to miss the competition, hope everything goes smoothly and you get the results you need.

Despite great efforts from the men’s and ladies teams we came third overall to Medway & Maidstone and Holland Sports – full results available here.

It was lovely to welcome a new face Bryony Deakin who surprised herself with a great 1500m and also stepped into run a very good leg of 4x100m.

Katy Barber ran a good 100m, 200m 4x100m and provided great amusement to Simon by helping out with the 4x400m which she ran very well.

Rebecca Townsend got back into her running stride with 800m, followed by a last minute decision to run B string 400m as well as 4x100m and 4x400m and even did Long Jump, shot and Javelin.

Kim Weir won her Hammer and also threw discus for us.

Massive well done to Harriet Connor who won all of her throws and achieved PBs in Shot Put 10.71 and Javelin 23.51

The next match is Saturday 18th June at Eastbourne BN21 2UF the more ladies we can get out to play the better we will do.

Please mark your diaries and let me know which events you’d like to do – we should be able to get a minibus again so there should be transport there and back for those that need it, followed by a social at The Popes Grotto.

Keep training and studying hard


Ladies Team Manager

Southern Athletics League match 1 – SMRAC off to winning start – women’s team report

Great success for our first match at Sutton. The men and ladies made a winning team :-). Full results available here.

It’s always great to see some regular faces and even more special seeing new faces. It can be a daunting thought competing for your club but once you’ve stepped into those shoes you realise its great to compete with a whole team supporting you and can even be fun!

We had a great day in 100m Sprints with Katy Barber coming 2nd for us in A string 100m and Dani Lampe winning the B string 100m.

Megan Read ran a really good 400m to come 2nd in the B string. We didn’t have anyone in the 800m as Rebecca swapped for field events and officiating to get rid of a chesty cough that landed in the week….great points scored in LJ, Shot, Javelin as well as officials more than made up for it!

Hendricka White came 3rd in B string 200m with a PB proving age is no barrier.

Tess Galunic ran her first race with us in the 1500m and got to run with the men as we were the only ladies team entries for this race…so Tess scored us max points.

Celia Livesey won A string high jump, competing well after a long break. Anais Hemetsberger filled a gap in high jump and came 2nd, thank you Anais.

Harriet Connor won all of her throws.

Kim Weir won Hammer A string, 2nd in B string Discus and 3rd in Long Jump as well as Team Managing the men.

Our ladies ran a speedy 4x100m but unfortunately were penalised for the final changeover.

There was only one team to beat in the 4x400m and when she cut infront of me 50m into the race, rather than just past the 100m we just had to get the baton round cleanly, a much easier feat on the 4x400m than the 4x100m.

We were missing hurdles, steeplechase and light on middle distance, if these are your favoured events please get in touch for the next match which is at Crawley Track RH11 9BQ on Sunday 22nd May, there will be a 5k and 1500m for ladies. Everyone that came this weekend….please come back for more 🙂


Ladies Team Manager

Southern Athletics League – Bracknell women’s report

What a day we had a Bracknell. We had quite a few gaps on the ladies side as Kate, Liz and Lara are all nursing niggles and injuries…whilst these ladies were missed we welcomed some new faces, Katy Barber, Anais Hemetseberger, Marzena Plechta and Ana Uren. Great to see the usual faces as well.

The team atmosphere was brilliant, everyone supporting everyone really well – whilst I was cursing the shouts of “time to drive on now” from the HJ and throws area, it helped me stay strong in my 400m run and bag a PB, I almost came first but the youngster from Lewes had just a bit more than I did in the last 10m.

Everyone performed really well, Katy flew to the front in her 100m run, matched her 200m PB to come second and fought hard to close the gap in the 4x100m where we came a strong 2nd. Millie also ran out in front in the 100m, bagged herself a new PB in the TJ with 9m30, jumped a good long jump and was another strong part of the 4x100m.

Anais Hemetsberger came out to her first SAL and ran strong in the non scoring 100 & 200m, bagged us some points in HJ despite not having done it for 4 years – (thank you Anais), then ran a strong second leg in the 4x100m.

Kavitha nibbled a bit more off her 100m and 200m, getting back nearer to her PBs.

Ana Uren coming back from an injury ran brilliantly in the 800m and then also ran a superb leg in the 4x400m.

It was great to see Clare King who was nearly floored by an evil bug, Clare ran 1500m, 800m, TJ.

Imogen ran all in the 1500m, 3k and 4x400m.

The throws were superbly covered by Caroline Hawley, Rebecca Townsend, Harriett Connor and Marzena Plechta with wins in the shotput, discus and B string Hammer and seconds in the Javelin. Harriett threw a PB in the discus.

Clare Graham ran into first place on Steeplechase & threw herself over HJ for a point.

Rebecca Townsend showed true team spirit by doing a 400m rather than 800m, then breaking her ‘no obstacles’ rule by deciding that switching her 4x400m leg to a 2k obstacle race with water (Steeplechase) would help us close the small points gap we had to Bracknell. A superb run with max points and SMRAC won the match by 5 points….just saying.

Thank you to all of the competitors and officials


SAL ladies match report Poole 20th May 2015

The ladies had a very strong, full team, making it easy to cover events with fresh bodies and even having room for non-scoring. Kavitha ran a 100 & 200m non scoring and provided great support to teasm mates throughout the day. Liz Kipling sent her apologies leading up to the event, we missed you Liz and wish you a speedy recovery.

Ever grateful for the stalwarts Kate Brook, Clare Graham, Clare King, Rebecca and Lara – it was also good to have Lisa back in the pack.

Rachel Rodipe and Millie Beazley covered the 100m in style for us.

Millie also did a debut triple jump and jumped into second place for us.

Ciara was a welcome new addition to the team and filled the A string Pole Vault in style before running her first ever 200m in under 30 seconds.

Kate Brook had time to chill and catch up with folk for a change in between hurdles and jumping.

Rebecca ran an awesome 800m leg and another awesome leg of the 4x400m

Kim filled the B string Pole Vault and as no other teams filled this event we got all the points:-)

Caroline, Harriett and Rebecca took care of the throws for us.

Imogen ran a season’s best in her 800m and also stepped up to the 3k with another season’s best- another event that only SMRAC filled so more max points. Then ran well in 4x400m

Clare Graham bagged herself a PB in the 3k before having a catch up with Clare King and what looked like far too much fun, in a time some would have had to work hard for over steeplechase!

Clare King agreed to fill 400m B string, then filled in 1500m at very short notice before going onto steeplechase and a very brief rest before running a superb leg of 4x400m.

The relays were as always great fun – In the 4x100m Rachel got off to a flying start, putting me in a position to overtake two runners before passing over to Ciara who ran a great leg to pass onto Millie who took us home into 3rd place.

The 4x400m was also close and exciting, made up of Imogen, Clare King, Rebecca and I, we fought hard but victory was not to be ours today.

The next match is at Bracknell on Saturday 20th June, please put the date in your diary now, Kim is organising a minibus to help transport the team there – please let me know which events you’d like to do

Thank you once again ladies


Hercules Wimbledon Open results

Congratulations for Matthew Collingridge, Chris Hursey and Harriet Connor who all competed with distinction at the Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Open. Performances as follows:

Matthew Collingridge – SP 8.19m (2nd), DT 24.68m (2nd) PB

Chris Hursey – SP 11.67m (3rd), DT 39.86m (3rd) PB

Harriet Connor – SP  10.04m (1st), DT   31.23m (1st)

Awards and quiz evening

You are warmly invited to the SMRAC Awards and quiz evening on Friday 5th December at the Pavillion on Twickenham Green. The Pavillion will open at 6:45pm for a 7pm start of the Awards presentation. The Awards will recognise achievements during 2014 across all age groups from U13 to Vets in both track and field and cross country.

We expect the awards ceremony to be complete by 8:15pm and after a short break we’ll kick off with the Christmas Quiz around 8:30pm – all ages and abilities welcome.

Some light refreshments will be provided and a cash bar available.  Please RSVP to Neil Jennings so we can gauge numbers.


Southern Athletics League 21st June, Twickenham

Massive congratulations to everyone who competed on Saturday at our home meeting. A real team performance saw us romp home in first place 20 points clear of the next team. Full results are available here, and the latest league table is available here. Please keep 12th July free for the next meeting in Poole – a minibus will be going to/from St Mary’s on the day.

1st SMRAC – 200 points

2nd Newbury – 180 points

3rd Bexley – 167 points

4th Andover & Overton – 161 points