National Young Athletes League

National Young Athletes’ League, Southern Premier Ashton Playing Fields
3rd May 2009

It was a baptism of fire for many of our enthusiastic young members on Sunday. Despite having home advantage we repeated last year's opening result by coming 4th.  With four league matches remaining  it is going to require a supreme effort to ensure WGEL retain our Premiership status.There are still many excellent individual results to report. The team managers nominated Katherine Birch and Peter Kirabo to receive the club Athlete of the Match T-shirt awards.

British Universities Championships

Competing at Bedford in this weekend's British Universities Championships there were gold medals for Tara Bird and Kim Murray and a silver for Alastair Williamson, with several other WGwEL athletes also in action for their universities.

Southern Men's League 02.05.09

Southern Men's League team start with a win.

Dan Awde
Accustomed to beginning with heavy defeats due to clashes with other events, this year the Southern Men’s League team started the season very brightly with a narrow win at Ashton Playing Fields on Saturday. With tremendous support from family and friends urging on the home side, Woodford finished the day on 120.5 points, with a strong Enfield team second on 117 points and Ashford third on 110.5 points.

The day started with the Hammer and Fergus Harford throwing 38.22m (2nd) and Devon Douglas throwing 38.10m (1st B). Both were later to compete in the Shot, where Fergus putt 6.63m and Devon recorded 14.72m (3rd). Devon was to follow up with 43.26m (6th B) in the Discus and Tom Norman throwing 50.86m (1st A). Meanwhile Nick Dowsett recorded 6.22m in the Long Jump to finish 2nd A.

Mini London Marathon 2009; Flora London Marathon

The club had superb representation at the Adidas Mini London Marathon on Sunday.The race incorporated the elite Regional race plus the London Boroughs race. Our athletes were extremely prominent in the teams representing our local boroughs of Waltham Forest and Redbridge. Our top performer, as so often since Christmas, was Ronnie Sparke, who won the very high-quality Regional Boys 15-17 race.

The Marathon itself yet again proved a killing field for dreams, though Ben Hope in particular reaped a positive result from his efforts.

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