Weekend round-up

Tom Norman
WGwEL athletes were in action at Hendon in the LICC meeting on Saturday, at Watford in the Junior inter-counties and at a windy Gateshead on Monday at the British Grand Prix. Performances at Hendon were led by discus throwers, Tom Norman and Devon Douglas, and at Watford by Sam Watts over 200m.

At Gateshead in the Aviva British Grand Prix, Sarah Claxton placed 6th over 100m Hurdles, recording 13.31 secs (-1.9), into a strong headwind. In the men's 110mH, Callum Priestley was 7th, again into a strong headwind as he recorded 14.11 secs (-2.8). Over 200m the headwinds were even stronger as Joice Maduaka was 6th in 24.14 secs (-3.4). Nusrat Ceesay placed 7th over 400m H in 59.85 secs, and Tara Bird was 3rd in the "On Camp with Kelly" 800m in 2m07.37 secs.


At Copthall Stadium for the LICC meeting, many Woodford athletes were in action. Of note was the season's best from Tom Norman to take the discus with 54.22m , and first year senior Devon Dougals threw a personal best of 47.81m. There were some other useful throw performances, as Anthony Oshodi took the U/20 shot with 17.29, and the Clarke brothers, Peter and Harry recorded 57.24m and 48.73m respectively in the U/20 and U/17 hammer events. Women's performances were led by a 400mH hurdle victory for Ruth Brereton in 61.52 secs, a hammer victory for Sarah Smith with 47.49m and a 2nd place over 400m for Tara Bird with 55.19 secs. Full results here


At Watford in the age group inter-counties meeting, World Youth finalist Sam Watts just lost out in the 200m as he placed 2nd in 21.73 secs (+0.9). In the U/20 hammer, Peter Clarke was 2nd with 57.17m, Sarah Smith won the women's event with 47.26m, and Billy Falconer, still an U/17, placed 5th in the U/20 HJ with 1.90m.

Also in action at Grangemouth on Sunday, Francis Smith recorded 52.76 secs and 15.00 for 400mH and 110mH, whilst Andy Frost showed improved form in the hammer with 69.36m