I have to say that I am mightily impressed with much of what is going on out there at the local athletics coal face right now.  The bleak month of January has brought the athletes and coaches out in growing numbers and we have already seen some terrific results at county and regional level to give everyone a boost.  The way our juniors attacked the county cross-country championships and brought a number of medals home is testament to the quality of the work that is now going on at Spartans.  We’re no longer making up the numbers – our kids are out there to win.  These performance levels are inevitably rubbing off on the growing number of younger runners turning up.  They’re really on a roll right now.
Zane and Shadine Duquemin both produced lifetime bests in winning their shot competitions at the Southern Indoor Championships at Lea Valley.  Stanley Livingston got a first and second while Claire Wilson grabbed a rare senior medal, only being pipped in the 800m by GB international Perri Shakes-Drayton.
On Thursday I was delighted to be weaving around the dozens of young athletes crowding the track as I did my own little session.  And this morning the Minis were out again in force at Langfords on their first day back after the holidays.
The more I work with Chris Lake on the forthcoming History of Jersey Athletics the more I realise that this is something of a golden age, certainly at age-group level.  If the administration, long-term planning and finances can be brought to order then we may prolong it.