Several Woodford athletes were in action indoors over the weekend where performances were headed by a significant 60m personal best for Eugene Ado-Dadzie. There was also p.b.s for U/20’s Matthew Adum-Yeboah and Sikiru Onigbanjo.
Phil extends the gap on Josh Grace (Pic: Coral Norman)
Phil Norman was 2nd in the Speedway 10K at Beachley in Gloucs at the weekend. The Speedway 10K tends to attract a good quality field and this year was no different. The race was won in 28.58 by Birchfield Harriers' Omar Ahmed, while our Phil clocked 29:15, 16" clear of Aldershot's Josh Grace. In all, 11 men went sub30.
Phil, of course, narrowly missed GB selection for the steeplechase at the 2019 World Championships, and he is currently training with a focus on making this year's Olympic Games. His next outing will the very high-quality Armagh 5K on 13th February.
WGEL U11s where back toeing-the-line this weekend in the Chingford league at Hackney Marshes. This was the fourth race of this winter league. The league season consists of six races in total with over 20 clubs competing from North & East London. An overall team and individual competition takes place (based on the athlete’s best five results) over the series.
The junior race regularly attracts 50-60 young athletes and is 2k in distance. Venues include Trent Park, Hogg Hill and the Olympic Velopark. Going into this race, WGEL U11s boys and girls stood in a strong position despite missing Trent Park (Met League clash )in both team and individual competitions. This was after good performances at Hogg Hill and Velopark. Could this continue?
Pic: Joe Everitt
Results - U11s Boys and Girls
We had no fewer than 29 athletes taking part, representing various districts, in this year's championships where the runners were greeted with sunny skies although there was a chill in the air. A lot was at stake in the six races, from which the first six across the line would be gaining automatic selection for the English Schools CC at Liverpool in March. As Essex are hosting the South East Schools Inter Counties this year, the first twenty over the line were to be invited to this fixture. This race would decide the final two discretionary places on offer for the English Schools.
Our athletes had an excellent morning with no fewer than seven gaining automatic selection for the English Schools. And a further eight athletes were selected to represent Essex Schools at the Inter Counties fixture on 1st February.
Kezia Beeton (no 89): 4th in the Junior Girls race (pic: Laura Millward)