Track &Field News

Woodford athletes were in action over the last week including at the BMC Watford Grand Prix, and at the British Masters Championships where National titles were won by Terry McCarthy, Keith Newton, Lucy Marshall and Katie Skelding.

The British Masters Championships were held at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium, where Club President and recent M60, Terry McCarthy won the 2000m s/ch in that age group with a time of 8m45.31 secs. Keith Newton's victory came again in the triple jump which he won the M45 category with a distance of 11.39m (+1.6), and W35 Katie Skelding retained her title over 200m with a time of 26.9s secs (-1.2). New to the Masters ranks, Lucy Marshall won the W35 hammer with 56.94m, and there was a silver medal for Simon Bennett in the M40 javelin with 53.94m 

Saturday saw the BMC Grand Prix at Watford, where Canaan Solomon raced over 800m and recorded a season's best of 1m48.92 secs, notably just inside the qualifying mark for the European Junior Championships, with the second wave of selctions for those Championships due to be announced July 12th. In the women's 800m Chloe Bradley was close to her best ever with 2m08.45 secs, and where HCA members Revee Walcott-Nolan and Rachel McClay recorded season's best of 2m03.20 secs and 2m07.60 secs respectively. Over 1500m another HCA member, Ross Tennant, recorded 3m51.90 secs, and Ed Shepherd, who has recently returned to the UK after studying in the US, recorded 3m54.49 secs.  

At the LICC meeting at Copthall, David Danagher raced over 200m and recorded 27.33 secs (-0.6) with brother Alan recording 57.20 secs over 400m. HCA member Jo Ryan recorded 25.44 sec (+06) over 200m and also 56.87 secs over 400m. 

Overseas, Andy Frost showed good form, representing the Isle of Wight in the international Island Games in Gotland, Sweden. Andy recorded a season's best in the hammer with 65.39, and also 12.35m in a rare shot outing. In Bilbao, Spain, Ezekiel Ewulo placed 4th in the long jump with 7.41m (=0.5), and in Lokeren, Belgium, Will Grimsey won the B high jump with 2.05m.