BAL Premiership - Match Two

Tim Abeyie
WGwEL finished 3rd in the second BAL Premiership fixture of the season at Sports City Manchester on Saturday. In an enthralling match which saw five teams as possible winners going into the final event the 4x400m, and in the end, just 24 points covering the first six teams, Woodford scored 294 points as Newham again ran out winners on 303, with Birchfield on 301. Newham now lead the table with 16 league points from Birchfield on 13.5 and Woodford on 12.5. Amongst a fine overall team performance, track performances were led by Tim Abeyie and Graham Hedman with a 200m double, and the field by Mark Dry with a hammer victory.



That's the way to do it 

GB&NI Team for European U/23 and U/20 Championships

Four WGwEL athletes have today been named by UKA in the GB&NI team to compete in the European U/23 Championships in Kaunas,  Lithuania, July 16th-19th. They are Elaine O'Neill (100m and 4x100), Tara Bird (800m), Callum Priestley (110mH) and Mark Dry (HT).

Junior Ejehu has been named in the first wave of selections for the U/20 European Championships which take place in Serbia, July 23rd-26th.

Overseas News

Racing in Uden Netherlands on Saturday, Graham Hedman ran a season's best over 400m winning in 46.12 secs to move him up to 7th on this year's UK rankings. Graham also recorded 21.31 secs (+0.2) over 200m. In Tomblaine France Joice Maduaka recorded 11.65 secs (+0.4) over 100m.

English Championships and European U/20 and U/23Trials

Mark Dry
This weekend's U/20 and U/23 National Championships, and Trials for the European U/20 and U/23 Championships saw WGwEL athletes come away with 13 medals, with many other fine performances. Those performances were led by three golds in the U/23 Championships - from Mark Dry and Tara Bird who both set new Championship Best Performances and from Elaine O'Neill. U/20 performances were led by a significant breakthrough over 100m from Eugene Ayanful.

Woodford's first gold medalist was Elaine O'Neill on Saturday. Taking advantage of unusually pleasant weather at Bedford, Elaine took the U/23 women's 100m title in a personal best of 11.59 secs (+1.4), having recorded a wind aided (+2.4) 11.53 secs in qualifying. On Sunday Elaine comfortably qualified for the 200m Final with 24.44 secs (-2.0), but decided not to contest the final. The second gold medalist was hammer thrower Mark Dry who recorded another new personal best of 69.40m, to take the title with a new CBP, and move second on this year's UK rankings behind clubmate, Andy Frost. The third gold medal went to Tara Bird, who also set a new CBP for the U/23 800m and personal best of 2m3.00 secs as she improved on her 2nd place of last year.

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