As the brief indoor season got further underway, several Woodford athletes were in action at Lee Valley in the South of England Championships, where performances were led by Southern titles for Youcef Zatat, Kitty Eleyae and Chris Stone. Others were in action both in Europe and in the U.S.
At this weekend’s South of England Athletics indoor age-group champs, Zahara Malcolm was 4th in the U15 girls 300m in 42.87 secs, having qualified third fastest for the final in 42.85 secs. Shona Vincent had been ranked 5th U/15 Girl in the UK at 60m going into the championship after 7.92 secs in the previous weekend’s London Games. She qualified comfortably, with 7.94 secs in the semi-final, but a poor start meant she finished 5th in the final (8.01 secs). In the U/17 mens 60m Merveilles Massembo ran a PB of 7.29 secs in the heat and improved to 7.25 secs in the semi-final but missed out on the final. In the long jump Samuel Oshodi finished 13th in his first competition in the U/17 age group.
U/20 Amelia MacDonald finished 11th in the pentathlon at the England Athletics championships in Sheffield on 5-6 January. Her performances included a high jump PB of 1.64m, and 5.48m in the long jump, as she added over 200 points to her best score with 3317.
Among other notable indoor performances, Cameron Fillery’s 7.92 secs PB over 60m hurdles at Loughborough on 12 January topped the early season national rankings. In meetings in the US, Cindy Ofili opened with a 7.50 secs flat 60m and also 24.78 secs over 200m, while Gabriella Ade-Onojobi ran 8.52 secs over 60mH.
DIVISION 2 WIN PUTS PROMOTION IN SIGHT FOR SENIOR WOMEN
A comfortable second division win for our senior women at Scrubs on Saturday cemented their position in second place by taking them 100 points clear of the cluster of clubs chasing VPH ‘B’ for the top spot and promotion to the premier division.
After many seasons of incompletion, and in a League record women’s field of 293, we turned out a fourth successive 'plus-size squad' of the winter as a svelte septet tackled two laps of the unusually dry, pancake flat, course.
A tremendous turnout for our last but one Met League fixture, at Wormwood Scrubs, saw our young athletes sail into a 17 point lead in the Howard Williams Trophy and retain healthy leads in five of the six age catorgories. 53 young athletes toed the line across the six races, with us achieving three winners and a second spot too. However our success is all about supporting the club in these fixtures, whereever you may finish.
The weather overcast was dry once again but with a keen westerly wind blowing across the course which was, for the most part, dry underfoot. This obviously suited our track runners.
Isabelle Kyson: U11 Girls race winner (photo: Scott Kyson)