Weekend News

Junior Ejehu
This weekend saw WGwEL athletes busy around the UK, and overseas. Most were competing at the South of England Championships at Watford where no less than 24 medals were won in the combined senior and U/20 Championships. Perhaps the best of those performances came from 18 year old Junior Ejehu who took the U/20 200m title in 21.36 secs (+0.1), after recording a personal best of 21.30 secs (+1.0) in winning his semi-final and equalling the "A" standard qualifying time for the European Under 20 Championships.

There were three further gold medals in the jumps, as Zainab Ceesay took the TJ with a season's best of 13.04m (+1.4) Kim Murray the LJ with 5.96m (+0.2), and Ezekiel Ewulo the men's LJ with 7.14m (-1.8). Sarah Smith took the U/20 HT with 47.48m, after picking up a bronze medal in the senior event with 48.61m. On the track there was also gold for Georgie-Lou Sales in the U/20 3000m with a personal best of 9m54.70 secs, behind Katherine Sparke who placed 2nd in the senior race in 9m33.70 secs. Younger brother Ronnie Sparke confirmed his fine form this season as he took the U/20 1500m title with 3m52.58 secs, with training partner Alex Cornwell picking up bronze with 3m54.44 secs.

There were a number of other fine silver medal winning performances. The finest of those was probably Anthony Oshodi's in the U/20 shot where his personal best of 17.70m, broke his own Club junior record and moved him to 14th on the UK all-time list, in his first year in the age group. Also in the shot, Jo Duncan showed improved form for her 2nd with a season's best of 15.20m, and Devon Douglas was only just below his best with 14.63m in the senior men's - the same distance as Tom Norman who placed 3rd, having earlier placed 4th in the discus with 51.32m.  Devon had earlier recorded a personal best in this event with his 45.57m for 5th, with Chris Linque in 7th with 44.20m also recording a personal best. Other throwers to take silver medals were Alistair Williamson in the senior HT with 59.29m and Peter Clarke in the U/20 event with 61.58m. In the women's high jump, Ayamba Akim was only just off of her pb with a season's best of 1.75m, and in the hurdles events there were also silvers for Nusrat Ceesay with 58.61 secs and Dan Davis with 14.48 secs (-2.6) having recorded a personal best of 14.27 secs (+0.8) in qualifying.

Other bronze medal performances were led by personal bests over 100m for Eugene Ayanful in the U/20 100m with 10.70 secs (-0.1), and Hollie Redman in the discus with 41.20m. Jess Sparke ensured all three Sparkes picked up medals with her 4m32.31 secs over 1500m, ahead of Diana Kennedy in 5m02.91 secs for 11th, not long after she too had claimed bronze in the 2km s/ch with 7m36.96secs. In the women's triple jump there was a second Woodford medal as Stephanie Aneto placed 3rd with 12.82m (+0.2). Hannah Frankson was 7th in this event with 12.27m. Nick Leavey also picked up bronze in the 400m with 48.07secs, as Musa Audu continued to show improved form as he qualified for the final with 48.62 secs, but did not compete..

There were a number of other fine performances from athletes that made finals but did not win medals led by Tara Bird's 4th in the 400m with 54.61secs. Also of note was Omar Mansour's 5th in the U/20 800m with 1m54.78 secs, ahead of Gavin Lewis 8th in 1m58.94 secs after qualifying with 1m55.25 secs, and also over 800m Tom Phillips' personal best of 1m53.72 secs to qualify for the senior final where he later placed 8th. In the women's U/20 800m Katherine Foy also made the final where she placed 8th with 2m19.14 secs after recording 2m16.34 secs to qualify. In the U/20 200m Sam Watts was 5th with 22.11 secs (+0.1) after recording 21.93 secs twice in the qualifying rounds. U/17 high jumper Billy Falconer placed 7th in the U/20 event with 1.90m, and another U/17, David Crisp was also 7th in the U/20 triple jump with 13.52m. It was pleasing to see Kirsty McIntosh continuing her comeback as she placed 5th in the pole vault with 3.30m, whilst in the javelin Emma Smith was 7th with 40.58m. Over 100m Azaria Francis progressed through to the final where she was 8th with 12.17 secs, and in the men's events in the semi-finals, Ramone Smith recorded 10.90 secs (+0.2), Colin Wilson 10.91 secs (+0.5) and Dan Davis 10.98 secs (+0.3).

For details of other WGwEL performances and full results see here (day 1)

Competing in Manchester at the Northern Championships, Carl Fletcher placed 2nd in the shot with 16.60m, whilst in Birmingham at the Midland Championships, Callum Priestley won the 110mH with a personal best of 13.83 secs (+0.9). At the Scottish Chamoionships in Dunfermaline, Mark Dry continued his fine hammer form as he took that tilte with 67.47m, as well as 5th in the javelin with 51.51m. Francis Smith took a fine hurdles double with 52.25 secs over 400m and 14.87 secs (-3.2) over 110m.

In the European Team Championship at Leiria, Portugal, Joice Maduaka recorded a season's best over 100m as she placed 2nd in the non-scoring 100m with 11.43 secs (0.0), and later anchored the GB&NI 4x100m relay team to 2nd. Andy Frost was below par in the hammer with 62.59m.