Essex Championships

Many Woodford athletes were in action at the Essex Championships, held in blustery conditions at Chelmsford last weekend. There were many fine performances, notably from the younger age groups, and amongst those there were County titles won by Anna Clark, Shayne Dewar, Sidnie Ward, Katie Petyt and two by Jimmy Geller.

Anna Clark, a first year senior who has been showing decent form early in the season, took her first Essex senior title, winning over 1500m in a personal best of 4m38.51 secs. Anna had also placed 2nd in the 800m with 2m12.33 secs. Shayne Dewar retained his U/20 200m title with a season's best time of 21.88 secs (-0.2), with Jos Farquhason 5th in that same final with 23.06 secs (-0.2) after a 22.77 secs (+1.1) heat. Sidnie Ward's title came in the boys U/15 800m, where he recorded a fine personal best of 2m03.69 secs. Katie Petyt won the U/20 women's triple jump title also with a personal best, of 10.40m (+1.7), as well as placing 2nd in the long jump with 4.68m (+0.7). Jimmy Geller's double came in the U/13 boys middle distance events where he recorded personal bests in both; in the 800m with 2m24.32 secs, and 1500m with 4m43.59 secs. Behind Jimmy in the 800m were James Brigstocke-Williams, 9th with 2m32.45 secs, Nathan Wright 14th with 2m41.94 secs and Jay Russell with 2m51.04 secs. In the 1500m James was 4th with 5m02.46 secs and Nathan was 7th with 5m28.18 secs. Jay also placed 6th in the long jump with 4.20m (+1.5). 

There were several other medal winners, with silvers being won by Paul Scanlan in the senior men's 800m with 1m56.76 secs; Chris Linque, senior men's discus with 45.24m; Joseph Morgan U/15 boys 3000m with 10m29.06secs; Victoria Cuthbert U/17 women's hammer 41.77m; MIllie Webster U/13 girls javelin with 18.94n, Siena Taylor U/17 women's 3000m 11m52.80 secs; Iris Verweij senior women's 100mH 18.05 secs (-1.4) and Zahara Malcolm in the U/13 Girls 200m with 28.43 secs. Zaharar also won a bronze in the 800m with 2m25.27 secs. Additional bronze medals were won by; Hugh Williams, senior shot 12.48m, as well as his 4th place in the discus with 33.56m; Fergus Harford with 34.67m in the senior hammer; Rhys Martin U/17 hammer 46.24m; Stephanie Howe U/20 women's hammer 45.25; Luke Finch U/13 Boys hammer 21.83m, Vivek Joshi senior 200m 24.49 secs (-1.2),and from Kyesha Robinson 3rd U/17 women's 300m 42.16 secs, with Samanta Bendaraviciute 8th in 45.22 secs (44.74 secs heat).  

Other performances included Sam Barker 12.34 secs (-1.2), U/20 mens 100m heats; Oliver Jackson 12.33 secs (-1.5), U/17 100m heats; Zac Islam-Moore, 4th U/17 200m 24.10 secs (-2.19) after a 23.96 secs (+0.6) heat); Joseph Geller 6th U/17 800m 2m03.95 secs (2m01.73 secs pb heat); Joey O'Neil 5th U/17 high jump 1.60m; Harry Lethrbidge U/15 boys 100m heats 14.17 secs (-0.5); Kieran Allgood 7th with 4m39.58 secs U/15 Boys 1500m and Ryan Dooley 9th with 4m45.69 secs; Henry Lethbridge 13th U/15 Boys long jump 4.24m w (+2.9); Luke Finch 8th U/13 Boys discus 15.30m; Alan James 4th VM40 100m 12.90 secs (-0.8); Louise Gilbert 4th U/17 women's 800m 2m21.57 secs and 7th 1500m 4m56.84 secs; Samanta Bendaraviciute U/17 womens 200m heats 27.89 secs; Nicole Alves U/15 Girls 100m heats 13.54 secs (-0.6) and 5th in the 200m final with 27.82 secs (-1.3), after a 27.53 secs (-2.6) heat; Georgina Handford U/15 Girls 300m heats 49.19 secs; Wren Mclean-Jackson 7th U/15 Girls 1500m 5m11.54 secs; Kezia Beeton 6th U/13 Girls 1500m 5m28.59 secs and Bronya Overington 10th in 5m48.52 secs. 

Results from other County Championships included Hertfordshire where Ben Sloan was 3rd U/15 Boys 1500m in a pb of 4m41 secs and also a winner in the high jump with 1.55m another pb. In Cambridgshire Kai Boggon was 2nd in the U/15 boys 1500m with 4m30secs.