National Young Athletes League Round 2

National Young Athletes’ League, Southern Premier Lee Valley  17th  May 2009

Austin Joseph
It was a cold and blustery day at Lee valley on Sunday. This 2nd round league match saw an improved overall team effort but, sadly, WGEL brought up the rear in 4th place. With a little more luck/discipline in the relays (we were disqualified in 3 races) and by plugging some of gaps in the next remaining 3 league matches we are still in with a fair chance of avoiding relegation.

Sophie Fuhr
Congratulations to Austin Joseph (400m 51.00 sec and 100 x 4 relay) and Sophie Fuhr (300m hurdles, 800m, 3000m and 4 x 300m relay), who were nominated by the team managers to receive the club Athlete of the Match awards for their fine performances.
Final Match Result

1st  Enfield & Harringey AC              448  points
2nd Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers         398 points
3rd Tonbridge AC                               337. points
4th  WGEL                                          324  points

There were again numerous excellent individual performances.
First place and UKA Grade 1 standards were achieved by U17B Austin Joseph 400m 51.00secs, Youcef Zatat Discus 44.92m, Peter Kirabo TJ 12.97m, and U15G Katherine Birch Discus 27.46m.

Loughborough International

A number of WGwEl athletes competed at the Loughborough International on Sunday. This traditional early season fixture sees Loughborough University past and present take on teams from England, Scotland, Wales, GB Juniors and a combined British Universities team. The match result saw England run out comfortable winners and, despite the unhelpful wet and windy weather, there were a number of fine performances, including useful season's debuts from internationals Emeka Udechuku and Graham Hedman, and a European U/23 Championship qualifying mark over 800m from Tara Bird.

Counties Round-Up

A number of Woodford athletes were competing in other County Championships around the country over the weekend. This report will be updated as more results become known.

Overseas action

Whilst Dan Awde was competing in a major international decathlon in Desenzano del Gardo in Italy, several other Woodford athletes were competing in Pavia. Performances there were led by a pb over 100m for Elaine O'Neil.

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