A number of Woodford athletes were in action indoors, both at the Essex Championships, and overseas where performances were led by Rio Olympics 100mH 4th placer Cindy Ofili.
At the Essex and Eastern Indoor championships Woodford medals were limited as most of the second day was cancelled due to power failure. Shona Vincent (photo above) took gold in the U13G 60m in 8.74 secs but her attempts to follow up in the 200m ended after a straightforward heat as the Lee Valley arena was closed. Another trying to double up was U20 Jos Farquharson, taking 4th in the 60m in 7.21 secs (after a PB of 7.17 secs in the semi-final). He was 5th fastest in the 200 heats in 23.1 secs. Oliver Jackson ran 7.84 secs and 25.0 secs in his respective U17M sprints, with Zac Islam-Moore in front of him in the latter in 24.3 secs for 4th fastest qualifier overall.
Nicole Alves was 5th in the U15G 60m in 8.32 secs (8.24 secs PB in the semi-final). In the U17W, Denesha Rocastle ran 8.43 secs in the semi after an 8.35 secs heat, while Larrisa Anipa and Shakkira Sikiru ran 8.45 secs and 8.73 secs respectively. In her first race since 2014, Karina Hope-Bruce ran 8.50 secs in the U20W 60m. Alan James took bronze in the veterans 60m. In the field Hugh Williams was 4th in the mens shot in 12.19m.
One of the athletes to miss out on her event on Sunday was Anna Clark, who had been looking to improve on a fine 800m indoor PB of 2:12.87 secs that she had set in an inter varsity fixture at Lee Valley on Wednesday afternoon. HCA member Chloe Bradley went even faster in the evening, setting an absolute PB of 2:08.07 secs in the BMC A race.
There were also useful performances from two new members: at Loughborough Sam Khogali long jumped 7.04m and also recorded 7.12 secs over 60m; and Will Grimsey was another competing overseas, in Hustpoec, CZE where he cleared 2.10m to place 2nd in the B high jump.
Cindy Ofili's fine runs came in quick succession in Germany. Firstly, in Dusseldorf on Wednesday, Cindy raced over 60mH and recorded times of 8.17 secs and 8.12 secs, then on Saturday at the IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Karlsruhe, Cindy placed 4th in her heat with 7.98 secs and then 7.96 secs to place 5th in the final. Sam Watts raced in the US at Texas over 60m and recorded 7.00 secs in his first outing of the indoor season.