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South of England Indoor Championships

This weekend saw the second part of the Southern Indoor Championships at  Lee Valley. Many fine WGwEL results were led by Olympic 100mH finalist, Sarah Claxton who took the 60mH title in a CBP whilst other titles were won by Richard Alleyne and by Rachel Dean amongst a host of other fine WGwEL performances.

Sarah Claxton showed that she has maintained the fine form of last summer which took her to the Beijing Olympic final over 100mH, as she took the Southern Indoor title with a new championship best of 8.09 secs. The following day she returned to race over 60m flat, but despite a useful 7.60 secs semi-final clocking did not progress, nor did Azaria Francis who recorded 7.70 secs, after  recording 7.68 secs in the heats. Elaine O’Neil, in her first year as a senior did move comfortably through to the final with a personal best of7.48 secs, where she then picked up bronze, in an amazingly tight final with three athletes placed third equal with 7.55 secs.

 Completing a Woodford double in the Hurdles, Richard Alleyne took the senior men’s title with 7.90 secs, after recording 7.89 secs in his heat, with new member Daniel Davies placing fourth with 8.08 secs after an 8.03 secs heat clocking, and the following day showed useful flat speed making the 60m semi-final where he recorded 6.94 secs. Woodford’s other title winner was Rachel Deanwho took the U/17 women’s triple jump with a leap of 11.00m. Rachael also placed 10th in the long jump with her only valid effort of 4.71m.

Other medallists were Chris Linque who placed second in the senior men’s shot with a new personal best of 12.73m; David Crisp who was a fine second in the U/17 triple jump with 14.07m; Gavin Lewis  also picked up silver with a fine run in the U/20 Men’s 1500m recording 4m04.31 secs; BillyFalconer who took silver with 1.85m. in the U/17 ,high jump; Kitty Eleyae who picked up bronze in the U/20 women’s long jump with 5.30m – also making both the 200m s/f with 26.49 secs, and the 60m semi-final with 7.97 secs. 

Over 200m Nick Leavey, followed up with last week’s bronze in the 400m, by placing 4th in the senior 200m final with 21.97 secs. In the U/20  event Eugene Ayanful was also fourth with 22.41 secs, and the following day just missed out a final place over 60m with a 6.99 secs semi final time. In the U/17 200m event, Austin Joseph was also fourth with a personal best of 22.82 secs. Paul Scanlon made that final where he placed sixth with 23.23 secs. 

Other good field performances came from Stephane Aneto who missed out on bronze by 1cm as she placed forth in the senior women’s triple jump with 12.33m; from Chloe Galloway who cleared 1.55m for fourth in the U/20 women’s high jump; from Adrian Stamp and Nick Dowsett who were sixth and seventh in the senior long jump with 6.31m and 6.21m and in the women’s pole vault where Kirsty McIntosh was seventh with 3.05m, as Keith Newton in the TJ with 13.25mwas HCA members in field action were Martin Lloyd who placed second in the senior high jump with 2.15m, and Louise Shortland, fifth in the women’s pole vault with 3.30m.  

Back on the track, Zoe Watson placed 6th in the senior women’s 1500m with 5m18.47 sec. In the preliminary rounds, Omololu Abiodun  reached the semi final of the U/17 200m where he recorded 23.94 secs, having been impeded, after a 23.72 secs heat time. Also in the heat Jonathon Leonard recorded 26.36 secs. Over 60m both Omololu and Austin Joseph  progressed to the second round where they recorded 7.51 and 7.41 secs respectively. Jonathon Leonard recorded 7.89 secs in his heat. In the U/15 girls 60mH, Hollie Pattie-Belleli recorded 10.65 secs and Pavidra Sivanandaragh 8.48 secs in her 60m heat.  In the U/20 Men's 60m Nnamdi Umeh clocked a useful 7.19 secs to progress to the 2nd round, where he recorded the same time but did not make the semi final.

HCA athletes in track action were Rachel Giwa who was second in the U/20 women’s 200m with 25.20 secs , and Aaron Balogun who just missed a final spot in the senior men’s 200m with 22.52 secs in his semi after 22.48 secs in his heat.