The club's athletes produced some excellent performances over the weekend's Championships at Lee Valley. Medals and PB's were flowing like water going over the Niagara Falls.
On Saturday it was the field events and sprints that took centre stage for Woodford. In the Senior Men: Hugh Williams finished 5th in the Shot with 12m 68cm; Vicky Cuthbert threw 7m 65cm in the U/17 Women; whilst Charlie Reid recorded a good PB with a solid putt of 11m 13cm to finish just outside the medals in 4th.
In the 60m sprints there were PB's a plenty. In the U/20 Men: Joey O'Neill ran a PB of 7.48sec finishing 4th in his heat; Sam Barker 7.71sec also a PB and 4th in his heat. Rebecca Fafowora was 3rd in her U/20 Women heat in 8.26sec PB. Charlotte Seaton in the U/15 Girls ran a PB of 8.73sec, whilst Shona Vincent (above) completed the 1st part of her double header by winning the U/15 Essex Girls GOLD with a PB of 8.20sec.
On Sunday the meeting for Woodford turned to the longer sprints and middle distance. Nicole Alves in the U/17 Women started the ball rolling with a fine run in the 300m with a PB of 43.57sec to qualify for the final. Unfortunately, although finishing second in the final, she was disqualified for coming in from her lane too early, which was a great shame, more to come from her, most definitely.
Zahara Malcolm (above) ran very well in the U/15 Girls 300m, recording a time of 43.55sec PB. She then went on to finish 2nd in the final and claim SILVER for the Eastern Athletics Champs but GOLD for Essex with a time of 42.73secs, another PB which ranks her in the top 5 in the country.
Samuel Oshodi came 3rd in his heat of the U/15Boys 300m with 44.89sec, and ran 28.63sec for the 200m. Ettien Miller finished 3rd in his U/15 Boys 200m heat with 27.43sec, whilst in the same event Aidan Fernando (above) finished 3rd in a time of 25.17sec - this guaranteed a finals position. In this race it really went down to the wire and it wasn't until the result came up that it was confirmed he had won BRONZE with a PB of 24.92sec - a really great performance.
In the U/17 Men's 200m Zac Islam Moore looked solid with 23.78sec in his heat. In the semi-final he finished 1st again with 23.68sec. He went on to win Essex GOLD (above) in a time of 23.34sec. Sam Barker ran the equivalent race for the u/20's and came home in a time of 23.51sec. In the U/20 Women Karina Hope-Bruce finished 3rd in her 200m with 28.09sec. In her first major competition Levania Ugonna Mba ran in the U/15 girls 200m and finished 3rd in her heat with a time 29.60sec. Samanta Bendaraviciute recorded a PB in the u/20 Women's 400m with 65.32sec.
Anna Clark ran in the senior women's 800m and, although leading for most of the race, unfortunately was unable to finish the race with less than 200m to run, which was a great pity as she was leading at the time and a medal was at her mercy. In the U/17 Men Sidnie Ward (left) ran a comfortable race in the 800m and qualified with ease. In the final even though he was the youngest there, this certainly didn't deter him, and he powered his way to GOLD with a PB of 2m 01.23sec. After a good day on Saturday Shona Vincent propelled herself even further with 3 more races in the U/15 Girls 200m. She ran well in her heat, finishing 1st with 27.56sec. She came 1st in the semi-final heat with 27.61sec and then rounded this off with a SILVER in the Eastern Athletics Champs and a GOLD in Essex with a PB of 27.42sec.
The last 2 Woodford athletes to compete were Jimmy Geller and Nathan Wright (above, Nathan on the left) in the U/13 Boy's 800m. Nathan ran really well to record a good PB and claim SILVER in a time of 2m 30.81sec, whilst Jimmy was exceptional, coming home a clear winner to claim GOLD with yet another PB and a new CBP time of 2m 20.69sec so he remains No.1 in the country.
These athletes were truly amazing and are a credit to themselves, their coaches and the club - GO TEAM WOODFORD!