Track & Field News

Several Woodford athletes were in representative action at the Loughborough International on Sunday. Performances were led by a comfortable win from Phil Norman, and personal bests for Ellis Greatrex, Cameron Fillery and Will Grimsey, with Sam Khogali also winning.

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Phil Norman takes the race by the scruff of the neck (pic: Mark Hookway)

SAL: Battling 2nd staves off drop threat

A weakened team battled to second in a very tight 2nd SAL match at Mile End, finishing just behind Kent AC and just ahead of a tie for third between Ashford and Dartford. The team had a slow start but came back to almost overhaul Kent at the end of the day despite having more gaps than any other team.


In an early start to the day for the hammer throwers, Chiara Okereke impressed with 47.34. She followed up with success in the shot and B string javelin to be the top individual scorer for the team. Peter Clarke took the mens hammer in the male performance of the match (53.15), ahead of Fergus Harford, before taking the B shot behind Hugh Williams' final round winning put. Indeed Woodford won 11 of the 12 strings of heavy throws, with the discus double of Precious Hamilton and Abigail Allen matched by Christopher Linque and Devon Douglas in the final event to finish, but this was not quite enough to take overall victory.

Chris Linque

Discus winner: Chris Linque (pic: Alex Wardle)

Essex T&F Champs

Hugh Williams (below) was crowned Essex champion in the Senior Men's Shot Put last weekend with a put of 12.76m, a season's best. He just pipped Leeming of Basildon, who was 3cm behind.

Hugh Williams Essex Champ


In his first competition of the season, Peter Clarke took silver in the Men's Hammer with a throw of 53.41m.

Alicia McArdell took the bronze medal in the Women's 1500m in what was her 2nd track race of the season, in a time close to her best of 4min56.31 secs.

BAL Premiership 2019 - First Round

The first fixture of the British Athletics League saw Woodford’s men’s team in Premiership action at Swansea on Sunday. The first round of fixtures took place amid more than some little controversy, as with the decision taken to clash with the county championships presented athletes and officials with a choice over split loyalties, which in the end saw the divisions two to five fixture cancelled through a lack of available officials, and the Premiership held together with National One at Swansea. Nevertheless, the clash with the county champs, and with this fixture squeezed into the weekend between the BUCS and the Loughborough International meant most teams fielded teams significantly below full strength. Woodford were no exception and were missing many athletes for a variety of reasons, but for those who did compete, they did so admirably to ensure most events were covered and achieved what seemed a very unlikely 5thplace prior to the competition. In the end, reigning champions Birchfield ran out winners on 349 points, ahead of Newham on 311.5, newly promoted Harrow 293, Shaftesbury 257, Woodford 252, Cardiff 239, Blackheath 228.5 and Sheffield 227. Woodford were at their less strong on the track, but Chris Stone’s win over 200m stood out, whereas on the field there was a solid all-round performance with Che Richards proving the only winner on the day.

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