Howard Bell returned to action in Warsaw, Poland to complete his first full Decathlon in two years and recorded a personal best over the weekend. A number of Woodford athletes were in action in very windy conditions at a Graded meeting at Dagenham, whilst others were also in action elsewhere..
On Saturday 22nd August, WGEL Young Athletes hosted a track and field Minithon event. The event catered for WGEL athletes from school years 3-8. Over 60 athletes entered the event, which was held in warm breezy conditions at Ashton.
Athletes could select up to three events from the scheduled line-up. Points collected for the individual events were totalled up at the end of the event for Gold, Silver and Bronze standards, with a corresponding medal given to every athlete attending.
The events included the 75m, 150m, 600m, long jump and Javelin (howlers). The event was organised using the now familiar “Pods” approach and guidance from England Athletics and the UK Govt. on current COVID restrictions. Using zones, the WGEL organising team safely moved the athletes within their particular seeded race/event pods (of six) from registration into holding, warm up and pre-race zones.
U17 Miya Maeda organises her group (photo: Paul Hancock)
Cameron Fillery was just 0.01 secs outside his p.b. and Club record when racing in Bydgoszcz in Poland on Wednesday evening. Cameron, last season’s European U/23 bronze medallist, was racing in the Irena Szewinska Memorial Meeting and he won over 110m H in 13.55 secs (+0.6). Several other Woodford athletes have also been in T & F action over the last week or so.
So, after nearly five months of no racing, 22 young athletes descended on the fields at the back of Writtle College for this event with each race totalling no more than six runners to comply with COVID-19. Unusual for XC events to see temperatures in the low thirties with the runners exposed to the sweltering conditions all around the course which took you round the lake. Chelmsford Athletic Club must be hugely praised for putting on this event with approval from UKA.
Our four athletes were included in the senior races in the afternoon, when the heat was at its worst. 90 men took part across 18 races and 23 ladies within six races before the men.