There were some fine performances at the Woodford Green Open on Saturday 31 March, despite temperatures still at winter levels. The hammer saw some of the worst conditions, but the heavy rain did not prevent Andreea Golban moving to 4th in the early season U17 ranking with 49.64 and Simbiyat Sikiru (who was 8th ranked U15 in 2017) improving her PB to 43.08. U15B Kai Wright improved his PB to 32.04 while senior Peter Clarke registered a solid 53.90 season opener. Similarly, Hugh Williams produced solid performance to wins the senior SP (12.52) and DT (34.28). The jumps were ruined by the weather, with the exception of a Wasps LJ competition which came after a spirited Easter egg hunt and before the heaviest rain.
Among those to achieve PBs in the sprints, U15G Shona Vincent improved in both the 100 (13.17) and 200 (27.11). U17 Ellis Ward just edged under 12s in the 100 for the first time to be the fastest WGEL man. Our U15 boy sprinters showed their strength in depth, highlighted by Merveilles Massembo in the 100m (12.32) though he was pipped by Aiden Fernando in the 200m (24.62 to 24.69). Ettien Miller and Dylan Styles were other U15s to achieve PBs. Ilford’s U15 Mario Dobrescu was fastest overall in the 100m and took advantage of a brief sunny interval to run the 300m in 35.93 (12th fastest all-time for what is a championship distance in this age-group). This 300m race was won by Shayne Dewar (34.85), with a PB also from U17 Zac Islam-Moore (36.55). Karina Hope-Bruce was the fastest woman over the distance (44.68).
U15B Nicolas Chramiec won his 800m heat in a big PB of 2:15.31. U17M Thomas Adolphus set a new PB, 2:07.09, as did training partner Videsh Weerakkody, 2:09.32. Videsh then also improved significantly over 400m. The 3000m highlighted how much several young athletes have developed over a successful cross country season, with U17M Kieran Allgood improving to 9:50.57, Rhys Edwards just missing out on breaking 10 minutes, Jacob Hardy showing well in his first race as an U15 boy, 10:13.27 (5th in early season rankings), and Wren Jackson improving to 11:28.15.