In generally benign weather conditions at Watford on Saturday, there were some high standard middle distance performances from WGwEL athletes, led by personal bests for Ronnie Sparke, Oli Heeks and Kevin Kane.
Poor weather in the morning and traffic chaos on the A406 in the early evening perhaps contributed to a lower turnout than usual at the Club's first Tuesday night open graded meeting of the summer. However, there was still a total of 159 entries and a number of good performances in all age groups. In ultimately benign weather conditions, the standout performances came from the sprinters. In the 100m, Sam Watts (U20 WGEL) recorded 10.83 seconds (w/s/ +1.9 m/s), which places him 10th in this year's UK age-group ranking list. In the 200m, Jordan Kirby-Polidore (U20 Ilford AC) held off Vincent Ogedengbe (U23 WGEL) to record 22.00 seconds (w/s +1.7 m/s). This result puts Jordan at 12th spot in the age-group ranking list. The next open graded meeting will be held on 6 July.
Further Track and Field news over the weekend included a much improved "B" team performance in the Southern Men's League at West London, and results from Woodford athletes in action overseas.
The British Athletics League Premiership got underway at Barnet Copthall Stadium on Saturday. A good all round team performance saw WGwEL’s senior men win the match on Saturday, ahead of reigning BAL champions Newham and Essex Beagles. Woodford scored 348 points from NEB with 322, Birchfield with 277 and City of Manchester on 277. Whilst all athletes contributed greatly to the victory, over what was admittedly a NEB squad some way from full strength, some very strong field event performances laid the foundation. The best of several very good field performances, came from Tosin Oke who won the triple jump with a fine new personal best of 17.05m, a distance that currently ranks the former European Junior Champion 9th on this year’s world lists.