Date: 25th April 2013
Location: Southend-on-Sea Athletic Club, Garons Park
Cost: No Charge
Rules: Competitors sprint along a runway before taking off from a wooden board. The take-off foot absorbs the first landing; the hop. The following step is finished on the opposite foot and then followed by a jump into a sandpit. The distance travelled, from the edge of the board to the closest mark in the sand, is then measured. A foul (no-jump) is committed in the athlete steps beyond the board.
Olympic Gold, London 2012: 14.98, Olga Rypakova, Kazakhstan.
Sarah: 4.63, 4.60, PB: 4.79.
Ellie: 4.36, PB: 4.40, 3.98.
Sarah: It was a complete pleasure returning to Garons Park, and thankfully on a much warmer evening than when we were there last November! We had some expert coaching from Kevin, who had recently broken the Club's long-standing record by 1cm. He took us through some warm ups and patiently explained the hop-skip-jump technique. I really enjoyed the triple-jump and wanted to try and break the 5 metres mark, but it wasn't to be. Oh well, only TEN METRES off the Olympic distance!
Ellie: What can I say? It's so lovely to come back to Southend Athletic Club. They are so welcoming.
After some initial warming up, drills and some instructions in technique we took our three jumps. It's really good jumping into a sandpit - I recommend it! Something to point out is that Kevin managed to Jump about 6 times further than we did and made it look so, so natural.
For more information about Southend-on-Sea Athletic Club, have a look at their website: www.southend-on-sea-athletic-club.co.uk