Abigail 3rd in SEAA Inter-Counties 1500m

After winning the Essex County U13 Girls 1500m, Abigail Reid was selected to run for the county in the South Of England Inter Counties U13 championships at Kingston.

Abigail-Reid 3rd National-CC

Abigail in full flow last winter

The A race was a loaded field with four girls ranked in top 8 in the UK this year, including Phoebe Gill who had set an age record of 4 mins 32 secs four days earlier. Abigail took advice from her coach to run her own race in such company. Phoebe took the lead immediately but credit to our girl as she kept in touch with the St Albans starlet for around 700 metres before giving way. Abigail then found herself running solo in second spot until suddenly, over the last 100 metres, Isabella Martin (2nd in the Mini Marathon at London earlier this year) came with a late charge, just snatching second spot right on the line, with both girls running 4 mins 49 secs, which was just outside Abigail’s PB. It was a fine run from Abigail to place 3rd overall in such great company from 26 starters from the two races.

YDL Lower: under-strength squad finishes 5th at Mile End

On Saturday 20th July WGEL Juniors competed in the last YDL Lower league match at Mile End hosted by VPTH. We came 5th and therefore finish 4th in the league which guarantees another year in this division.

Results

1) Basildon AC                        595

2) VPTH AC                            543 

3) Bexley AC                          541.5 

4) Medway & Maidstone AC      534.5 

5) WGEL AC                          413.5 

6) Cambridge Harriers (Kent)   351.0 

7) Paddock Wood & Folkstone  287.5

WGEL athletes perform well at Club Connect Relays

On Day 2 of the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Park, WGEL's juniors took part in the annual Club Connect Relays just before the main events of the day, and on such a big stage there were some highs and an unfortunate low.

U13 Boys Club Connect 2019

Our 13 Boys squad

The U/13 Boys (Gregor Samson, Ethan Franklin, Jean Marc-Harriott & Godwinner Nkebani) took to the stage first and definitely didn't feel daunted by the occasion and venue. The race was tough and they were always up against it, but even though they finished 9th it was an excellent time of 53.88. This was the best since 2017, even more encouraging was that 2 of the team were in year 6, so definitely more to come.

Trio shine at English Schools

Over the last weekend 12/13th July in Birmingham it was the annual English Schools Track & Field Championships, which host the best of the athletes from all over the place - talent is definitely there to see. Woodford Green with Essex Ladies had a trio of athletes that were selected by their relevant counties to take on the rest, and they certainly didn't disappoint. For the boys, Ben Sloan (IB) was taking part in the 3000m and he was very impressive, coming home in an excellent 6th place in a PB of 8m 57.70s, which ranks him 18th in the country. Precious Hamilton did the discus for the (SG) and was also very good with a throw of 36m 37cm. This is not her best throw but she is currently ranked 14th in the country. Last but by no means least, there was Simbiyat Sikiru (IG) who was competing in the hammer. Simbi has an unbelievable talent in this event and this was clear to see when she threw a massive PB in the event with 54m 10cm and was so unfortunate to miss out on a medal by only 8cm. But still, 4th in a massive achievement, and she is currently ranked 5th in the country for the 3kg hammer. A WELL DONE has to go out to them all for their efforts.

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Ben Sloan in action during the last winter season

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