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Indoor round-up- Updated

Leading performance of the weekend from WGwEL athletes in action at various indoor meetings came from Olympic finalist, Sarah Claxton, who ran 2008 world number one over 100mH, Lolo Jones of the US a close 2nd over 60mH at theGlasgow international. Sarah improved her season's best to 8.05 secs, and currently ranks 8th on this year's world lists. The Birmingham Games, helld at the National Indoor Arena, also provided some good peformances from WGwEL athletes, and others were in action at the Scottish Championships in Glasgow, and the London Games at Lee Valley.

At the NIA, Nick Leavey moved to the top of this season's UK indoor rankings by 0.01 secs, in winning a high class 400m in 47.28 secs. In the women's event Tara Bird, moved to 3rd on the UK rankings after comfortably winning her heat and semi-final with times of 54.38 secs, and 54.30 secs, but was disappointed to loose out to an Irish athlete in a rather scrappy final, as she placed a close 2nd in 55.08 secs.

Over 60m Elaine O'Neil looked sharp in winning and her 7.47 secs moves her to equal 6th on this year's UK lists. In the men's event, hurdler Daniel Davis showed good flat speed as he made the final and clocked a personal best of 6.91 secs. Over his favoured 60mH Daniel also moved to equal 6th on this year's lists with his 7.95 secs clocking for 2nd. In the field Stephane Aneto sowed improved form with 2nd in the triple jump with 12.91m confirming her 4th place on the UK rankings. Also in action over 400m was HCA 800m man Damien Moss, who progressed through to the semis where he recorded49.05 secs, but did not progress. In the women's U/20 events Kitty Eleyae recorded 7.85 secs over 60m and 5.45m in the LJ. Another HCA athlete in action was Simeon Williamson who had a rare outing over 3 rounds of 200m and placed 4th in the final with 21.91 secs, after recording 21.65 secs in his semi-final.

The Scottish Indoor Championships were held at Glasgow, on Sunday following Sarturday's international event, and Woodford athletes were in good form. Francis Smith was a double winner, taking the 60mH in 8.06 secs, and the 200m in 22.31 secs. Alasdair Strange continued his amazing progress in the pole vault clearing a new personal best of 5.00m to place 2nd on counback. Over 800m Andy Brown was also a close 2nd recording 1m55.33 secs.


Several other WGwEL athletes were in action at the London Games held at Lee Valley on Sunday. In the senior women's 60m, Azaria Francis continued her fine improved sprinting, recording another personal best to win the "A" race in 7.65 secs, whilst in the men's race Monu Miah recorded 7.05 secs. Jumior international Eugene Ayanful was just 0.01 secs outside his pb as recorded 6.93 secs, in his second race after recording 6.95 secs in his first heat.  Other junior sprinters in action were Nnandi Umeh, who recorded 7.32 secs and 7.36 secs, and in the women's  U/20 event Luarelle Akintade recorded 8.32 secs.

Over 400m, 3 athletes recorded personal bests, U/17 Paul Scanlan who had broken 50 secs, only to be disqualified for a lane infringement in the recent Southern Championships, again did so but legitimately this time as he won his race in 49.88 secs; U/20 sprinter Junior Ejehu, continuing his over distance work and recorded  50.13 secds, and in the women's U/20 event Katherine Foy also recorded a pb of 59.69 secs. Omar Mansour was not far outside his best as he recorded 51.70 secs

In the field there was another personal best as U/17 high jumper, Billy Falconer cleared 1.90m , a new personal best by 5cm. In the women's pole vault, jumior Maria Seager cleared 3.60m, with HCA member Louise Shortland clearing 3.40m, whilst Christian North, as consistent as ever took the men's event with 5.00m. In the men's long jump, Adrian Stamp reached 6.46m.