Woodford athletes were in action over the weekend, at the BUCS Championships in Sheffield and at the British Championships in Birmingham. The latter saw Youcef Zatat (below, by Alex Wardle) claim a bronze medal, and at Sheffield amongst several decent results here was a title for Will Grimsey.
Will Grimsey’s BUCS title came in the high jump where he equalled his personal best with a clearance of 2.12m. There were other good performances in the jumps with Che Richards, who had such a good season last year, in action for the first time this indoor season following injury, and he placed 3rd to gain bronze with 7.06m after 7.08m in qualifying. Che was just ahead of Sam Khogali who reached 7.04m for 4th after qualifying with 7.05m. The triple jump saw Peter Kirabo place 7th with a season’s best of 14.14m whilst Christman Ihume reached 13.34m in qualifying. Also in the field there was a season’s best for Hugh Williams who placed 8th in the shot final with 12.69m.
On the track Canann Solomon led the way, but after comfortably winning both his heat and semi-final, had to settle for 3rd and bronze in the 800 final with 1m52.14 secs. In the women’s event Anna Clark also won both heat and semi-final but placed 4th in the final with 2m14.49 secs, after recording 2m13.20 secs in that semi-final. In the 60m heats Kaesi Opara recorded 7.08 secs.
In the British Championships at Birmingham Youcef Zatat led the way with 3rd in the shot with 17.30m. In the long jump, Ezekiel Ewulo was 6th with 7.33m whilst in the women's event Kitty Eleyae (above) placed 7th with 5.97m. There was a good performance over 60mH for new member Cameron Fillery who recorded a personal best of 8.03 secs to place 6th in the final. Another new member, Chris Stone, progressed through to the semi-finals of the 60m, where he placed 6th with 6.88 secs. Chloe Bradley just failed by one place to make the women’s 1500m final but was close to her best ever as she placed 6th in her heat with 4m28.67 secs.
There was also some news of middle distance athletes in action in the US where James Stockings recorded 8m54.67 secs over 3000m, and Jordon Donnelly (above, by Matt Iwanowicz) has been in decent form putting down marks over 800m (1m52.32 secs) 1 mile (4m11.49 secs and 30000m (8m40.12 secs.)