The NAL had hoped to promote some form of Club Competition across the weekend of Aug 1st/2nd. However UKA who have been in discussion with the Government as to the possibility of a safe start and the permissible format of inter-club activity have not yet received the appropriate government guidance. Consequently the NAL have now cancelled any planned fixtures for that weekend. The next earliest date for any potential NAL sponsored competition will be August 15th.
As the Woodford track reopened but with landing pits still out of action, Denesha Rocastle managed to win the Neuff Virtual Standing Triple Jump for U20 women. In her first series of attempts she exceeded distances achieved by any woman in the first two weeks of the competition, ending with 7.73m, but this left her second U20W of the week. She improved the following week but until her final effort was still 1cm behind the U20 leader, at 7.89. Her final attempt of 7.97m was second overall in the women’s competition, which had over 100 entries from 6 different countries, just 1cm behind the senior winner who was from Australia.
Nearly 70 young athletes supported two great clubs with much history over many decades in the past.
In the Under 13 girls this was headed by junior schools international Abigail Reid, posting out a fine solo run of 8 minutes 58 secs for the 2.5k at Mile End. Amana Oguntuga, who has stepped up her running training whilst in lockdown in the absence of her football, posted an excellent 9 mins 22secs. In this age group we had a huge turnout bolstered by many of our Under 11s supporting this event as the minimum age was 10. Jasmine Hall, another missing her swimming, ran an impressive 10 mins 15 secs, tearing up the fields at Church Langley. Even Rebecca Wright, much more a thrower/hurdler/jumper, gave it a go. Another notable effort was year 5 girl Faye Owers, who produced an excellent 10 mins 16 secs.
Meisha Trend-Evans at High Wych, near Sawbridgeworth