Club record and European Champs qualifying mark for Daniel Rowden

Dan Rowden club recordCongratulations are due to Daniel Rowden who made a significant breakthrough over 800m in Oordegem, Belgium on Saturday. Daniel, whose lead coach is Richard Thurston, and who won silver over 800m at the European U/23 Championships last season, raced at the same venue in Belgium the prior weekend where, after a comfortable victory at the Loughborough International in 1m47.01 secs, he had hoped to secure a UKA European Championship qualifying mark of 1m46.50 sec. But in a “messy” race he placed 4th in 1m47.32 secs. This week Daniel made no mistake and, after the pacemaker dropped out at the bell with Daniel having covered the first 400mm in around 52 secs, he took on the pace himself and led for all but the last few metres. Although just pipped for the victory, Daniel recorded a significant personal best of 1m45.87 secs, well inside that European qualifying mark, but also after sixty-one years bettering the Woodford Green Club record. That record had stood to Derek Johnson who won Commonwealth gold over 880 yards as well as 4x440 gold and silver, and just lost out on an individual Olympic title when placing 2nd in the 800m in Melbourne in 1956, in addition to a 4x400m bronze. Derek’s club record of 1m46.6 secs was set on a cinder track in Oslo in 1957, and in recent years Matt Shone with 1m 46.72 secs had gone close, and last season Daniel himself went even closer with 1m46.64 secs, but his run on Saturday has now significantly improved upon the mark.

Hopefully Daniel will soon be making further improvements and this Club record will not last for another 61 years.

UKWL first round

Also competing at Cardiff were Woodford’s women’s team, as the first match of the UKWL first division was hosted concurrently with the Man’s BAL Premiership. The women had been relegated from their Premier Division last season but were determined to make a strong effort to bounce straight back. The team performed well, placing 3rd overall, as they scored 174 points behind hosts Cardiff on 207, Shaftesbury 184, and ahead of Notts 150, Harrow 145, Crawley 138, Sale 137 and Enfield 126. Woodford therefore lie 3rd overall with the top two teams to be promoted. This was also a good all-round team performance, and as with the men, many took on additional events, several made debuts and there were “A” string wins for Lucy Marshall, Sylvia Cruz and Revee Walcott-Nolan, plus a personal best for Anna Nelson.

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

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Moe Sasegbon: on her way to winning the 100mH B string

Men 3rd in second BAL Premiership

Woodford’s men placed a good third in the second fixture of the BAL Premiership at Cardiff on Saturday. Although still some way from full strength, Team manager Gladys Bird was able to field a much stronger team than at the first fixture, which clashed with the BUCS. Cardiff, the hosts, were celebrating their 50th year as a Club and, blessed with good weather, they put on a very well organised fixture which also included the first division of the UKWL, where Woodford’s women were also competing (see separate report). Birchfield won again with 337 points, from Shaftesbury 308, Woodford 299, Sheffield 273.5, Newham 272.5, Cardiff 264.5, TVH 226.5, Swansea 213. That moved the team up to 4th in the League, where points are now; Birchfield 16, Sheffield 12, Shaftesbury 12, Woodford 9, Cardiff 9, Newham 6, TVH 6, Swansea 2. It was a very good all-round team performance with athletes willing to compete in events other than their main one to ensure that there were no gaps. Phil Norman replicated his steeplechase and 1500m double from the first match and there were other “A” string wins from Youcef Zatat and Cameron Fillery, who was one of several debutants and who also recorded a personal best, as did another debutant, Declan Gall.

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

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Will Grimsey: cleared 2.08 for 2nd A string

Track and Field Catch-up

Several Woodford athletes were in action over the previous week, and results included p.b's for Phil Norman, Anna Nelson, Canaan Solomon and Ewan Dyer.

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Youcef Zatat: beat the UK number 1

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