THERE were two wins and two personal bests when five members of Woking AC represented Surrey Schools at the under-15/under-17 inter-counties match in Baskingstoke last weekend.

The top performer came in the intermediate (under-17) girls’ long jump.

Laura Kersley had  her best competition of the season so far with a great series of jumps.

Her premier leap was 5.28m, a personal best and good enough for first place overall. 

The other win came from Lola Roake in the junior (under-15) girls’ 1,500m, where she enjoyed a comfortable win. 

There was another personal best from Sophie Price in the junior girls’ 800m.

She finished in a time of 2min 20.26sec, which was good enough for fifth place. 

Jack Dormer came third in the junior boys’ 800m.

And Mari Woodhatch was the third Woking athlete with a personal best, this coming in the intermediate girls’ 1,500m where she finished in fifth position. 

The club’s senior athletes impressed at the Linford Christie Stadium in West London when they competed in the second match of the Southern League season.

Woking were up against one of the top teams in the country in Thames Valley Harriers, but were more than determined to give a great showing.

Despite Woking not being able to beat Harriers overall, they made them work for the win. 

Woking finished second overall out of six teams in the Division One fixture. 

Blustery conditions, which were in the face down the home straight, meant that fast times were out of the question in most races.

Despite this, there were many fine performances. 

In the first event of the day, all-rounders Kaspars Kazemaks and David Awde teamed up in the men’s 400m hurdles.

Kazemarks was just beaten into first place to finish second in the A race, and Awde was a clear winner in the B race.

They also filled the same position in the 110m hurdles race. 

There was another comfortable win for Woking in the B-string 800m, with Martin Sunderland victorious by around 20m.

He then had an equally impressive run in the 5,000m, setting a personal best and going under the 16min mark for the first time.

Sunderland recorded a time of 15min 53sec to finish in third place. Connor Trerise was close behind to take second place in the B race. 

Katie Hopkins enjoyed an exciting win in the women’s 1,500m after earlier finishing third in the 400m. 

Nerys Tullett was just shy of her best time in the 100m when finishing third in 12.8sec.

She filled the same position in both the 100m hurdles and 200m. 

There were two second places in the men’s 200m, with both Thomas Leacock and Jake Etherington missing out on first places by the narrowest of margins.

They recorded the same time as the winner of their respective races, with Etherington dipping under 23sec for the first time. 

There were also two second places in the 400m, with Richard Beak and Ian Horlock both being drawn in the outside lane in their respective race.

In the relays, Leacock and Etherington teamed up with Kenny Ball and Liam Trinidad, on his senior debut, to finish in a narrow second place.

The two mixed 4 x 400m teams both finished in third place.

Florence Baulk set a season’s best in the women’s javelin.

And there was a second and first place in the men’s event, with George Hopkins finishing runner-up in the B race and Roy Chambers coming third in the A contest. 

In the under-17 men’s high jump, Daniel Gilbert was 1cm short of his personal best in clearing 1.73m before having three close efforts at 1.78m.

There was also a win for Eleanor Gatrell in the women’s shot.

With Woking finishing in second place in the match, they will maintain a top-five position in the 24-team league.

At the English Under-23/Under-20 Championships in Chelmsford, Tyler Panton came through the heat and the semis to finish eighth in the 100m final after experiencing a hamstring niggle 30m into the race. 

In the 200m, James Hanson was involved in a very tight finish. 

He secured a very good third position and picked up a bronze medal.