National Champions - Reading AC U13 & U15s win National League Finals

Reading ACs U13 and U15 athletes have won the prestigious UK Youth Development League final in Bedford on 8 September 2018 and are now crowned as national champions.

The combined boys and girls teams were competing against Blackheath and Bromley, Cardiff Archers, Edinburgh, Marshall Milton Keynes, Preston Harriers and Sale Harriers. Reading's athletes slowly climbed up the leaders table as the day progressed and were trailing the leaders by just three and a half points as the teams went into the final set of relay events.

At the end of the relays the Reading athletes, their coaches and family members were ecstatic to learn that Reading had won the competition with a seven and a half point lead.

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Excellent U13 Girls Performances at Basingstoke

Under 11 and under 13 Reading AC athletes were out in number at the Hampshire Grand Prix Open at Basingstoke last Wednesday evening (29 Aug 2018).

In favourable conditions many pb’s were set so well done all!

Performances of particular note were Kaya Slater running a 13.4 secs personal bestin the 100m and Tomi Adejuwon winning her 70m Hurdles race in a very fast 11.2 secs.   Despite hitting the 2nd hurdle, she still lowered her own club record!


Gold, Silver and Bronze for Reuben at South of England and England Champs

Reuben Henry-Daire has continued his excellent season with a Gold and Silver medal at the the South of England Champs at Lee Valley on 11 and 12 August 2018.  Reuben gained a silver medal in the 200m with a 23.20 time, one tenth outside his own recent club record.  He then went on to secure the gold medal in the 300m in a new club record time of 36.29 secs.

At the England Championships at a very wet Bedford track on 25 and 26 Aug 2018, Reuben won the bronze medal in the 300m in a time of  36.67 secs.  Last minute timetable changes led to Reuben missing out on competing in the 200m final which he had also qualified for.

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Two Club Records Set at U13 Inter Counties Match

A further two club records were set by Reading AC U13 girls competing for Berkshire at the Derek Crookes Southern Inter Counties match at Kingston-upon-Thames on 28 July 2018.

Tomi Adejuwon ran a fantastic 70m hurdles in 11.59 secs and all the better as she still has over a year to go in the age group.

Mia Greenidge-Knell broke the 2.72 kg shot put record with a put of 10.43m.  That particular record had stood since 1996.

Tomi and Mia's performances have brought the total number of club records attained this year to forty-three.  

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Reading AC Relay Teams Perform at Olympic Stadium

Five Reading AC relay teams competed at London's Olympic Stadium on 22 July 2018 and claimed three new club records in the process.  The U15 Girls attained their second 4x100m record in twenty-four hours and fourth of the season clocking 49.13 secs and finishing second. The U15 boys shaved eight one-hundredths off the previous record with a 45.20 secs performance and a third place.  This result meant that anchor runner Reuben Henry-Daire bagged his fourth club record in twenty-four hours in what surely must be his best weekend ever in athletic competition.  The U17 Men also attained a new club record by 0.83 secs clocking in at 43.57 secs finishing fifth.   The U13 girls narrowly missed the club record with 52.89 secs and a third place with the U13 boys crossing the line in seventh place in a time of 53.38 secs.

Not forgetting the squad reserve runners this was truly an inspiring day for all who participated.

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