A few WGwEL senior atheltes were also in action over the weekend. Highlights included, a 3000m s/ch victory for Youcef Abdi in the Australian Championships, and a 400m personal best for Joice Maduaka in the US.
The National Junior League season got underway on Sunday with the first round of the Southern Premier Division at Barnet Copthall Stadium. Despite, and like some other clubs in this early season fixture, missing athletes in some events the WGwEL combined U/20 men's and women's team performed well finishing 5th with 408 points, just 5 behind Enfield on 413 in 4th. Host club Shaftsbury Barnet Harriers won with 518 points. The unusually fine April weather helped performances, and amongst a number of good results, personal bests over 200m for both Sam Watts and Paul Scanlan were perhaps the highlights.
At the end of a long and draining winter season in which both our men’s and women’s distance squads have produced some excellent results, both had to be content with placings in the teens at Saturday’s National 12- and 6-Stage Road Relays at Sutton Park near Birmingham.
Both the teams we fielded were essentially good league teams rather than championship line-ups, and it was pleasing to see our regular CC league athletes getting so close to the best 10 in Britain. While Jodie Swallow and Hywel Care were the team’s stand-out individuals, the results were very much team affairs as our colours were defended with great pride.Men’s results
As the outdoor Track and Field season gets underway, highlights from WGwEL athletes included a good run over 200m for 400m international Graham Hedman, and some good throwing from Simon Bennett and siblings Sarah and James Smith.
In addition, at the 2nd Havering Open meeting there was some further good throwing, in the discus from young club members. Youcef Zatat won the under 17 event with 46.06m and Joe Liscalis the under 15 with 36.79m.