Indoor roundup

The brief indoor track and field season has recently got underway with a number of WGEL athletes showing early season form. There was news of good early season sprint form, as well as good performances and five medals including three golds from the first part of the Southern Indoor Championships held at Lee Valley on Sunday.

Sprinters Colin Wilson and Monu Miah have been action over the last two weekends. At Eton last weekend Colin Wilson recorded times of 6.98 secs and 6.94 secs over 60m, and this weekend went quicker with times of 6.91 secs and 6.82 secs at the Brunel University meeting. Former European Junior 100m bronze medalist Monu Miah has shown encouraging form, with times of 6.91 and 6.95 secs at last weekend's Lee Valley open, before recording a lifetime personal best of 6.82 secs at Brunel. Also in action at Eton was jumper Azaria Francis who showed significantly improved speed with personal bests of 7.74 secs and 7.69 secs, and junior international Eugene Ayanful who recorded  7.17 secs and 7.10 secs. At Cardiff this weekend, pole vaulter Christian North won in his first competition of the season with a leap of 4.93m.

Kathrine Foy wins
On Sunday at Lee Valley in the Southern Championships, Kathrine Foy retained her U/20 800m title winning in 2m17.72 secs, with Omar Mansour taking the men's U/20 title in 1m56.29 secs, with Gavin Lewis 3rd in 1m57.91 secs. In the senior men's 800m Jon Long made the final where he placed 6th with 1m59.89 secs, having recorded 1m57.78 secs in qualifying.

Over 400m, hurdler Ruth Brereton took the women's senior 400m flat title with a time of 58.23 secs, whilst in the men's event new recruit Nick Leavey placed a close 3rd with 48.37 secs. In the men's U/20 event another new recruit, junior international sprinter Junior Ejehu, had an over distance work-out and progressed through to the final where he placed 4th in 51.55 secs following a 51.42 semi- final clocking.

Competing in the u17m 400m Paul Scanlan  had a gruelling day by winning his heat and semi final, then 'winning'  the final in a new PB, under 50secs for the first time, only to be disqualified for running out of lane on the first bend.

Also in action on Sunday at Brunel University's jumps meeting in the men's triple jump were Tosin Oke who cleared 15.20m off a short approach, and Keith Newton with 12.95m. In the women's event Stephane Aneto reached 12.43m,  whilst in the long jump Azaria Francis cleared 5.04m, with Nick Dowsett jumping 6.17m in the men's event.