Over the last few weeks whilst our website was off-line there have been several notable performances from Woodford athletes yet to be reported upon. These included a season’s best from Jack Lawrie, another 1500m personal best from Phil Norman, good performances at the CAU Champs and England Championships, and medals from younger athletes at the SOE U/15 and U/17 Championships.
Jack Lawrie (photo: Alex Wardle)
Jack Lawrie raced over 400mH at the Scottish Championships at Grangemouth last weekend, and he comfortably defended his title there as he recorded a season’s best of 50.75 secs. Jack followed that up last Thursday where at the Manchester International Jack improved again his season’s best to 50.42 secs, but just lost out on the win as he finished 2nd. Others in action at Grangemouth included Anna Nelson who placed 2nd in the women’s 400mH with 60.06 secs, and there were bronze medals for Ewan Dyer in the 800m with 1m56.67 secs, Andy Frost in the hammer with 63.11m and Francis Smith in the 110mH with 16.68 secs (-1.8). Also competing in the Manchester international were Anna Nelson who was 5th in the women’s 400mH with 60.83 secs, Lucy Marshall who was 4th in the hammer with 56.21m and Will Grimsey who was 3rd in the high jump with 2.04m.
At the end of July also in Manchester at the CAU/England Championships, Lucy Marshall went better as she won the hammer with 59.64m. Youcef Zatat also picked up a medal, silver with his 17.75m for 2nd in the shot. Anna Nelson was 4th in the 400mH with 61.57 secs (after a 60.58 secs heat), as was Andy Frost in the hammer with 57.96m and Lawrence Davis with 15.11m in the triple jump. Chris Stone was 5th in the 100m final with 10.50 secs w (+5.0), as was Chloe Bradley in the 1500m where she recorded a season’s best of 4m26.89 secs. Anna Clark placed 8th in the 800m with2m13.8 secs. Chloe and Anna also raced at the BMC Watford meeting where Chloe recorded 4m28.38 secs for 6th in the “A:” 1500m whilst Anna recorded 2m09.79 secs for 3rd in the “B” 800. Last week Chloe raced over 800m in another BMC meeting at Eltham where she recorded 2m10.14 secs for 4th, and V40 Peter Caton recorded 2m11.18 secs.
Phil Norman’s latest personal best came last evening (Sat 18th) at the BMC Meeting at Stretford over 1500m. Having set a p.b. in winning the final BAL two weeks ago with 3m45.77 secs, Phil improved again, by over two seconds, when he placed 3rd with 3m43.57 secs, in a race where more even pace-making (the first 400m was just inside 57 seconds, and the second around 62 secs) might have given the opportunity for even faster times. Also racing at Stretford was Ewan Dyer who was close to his best as he recorded 1m52.46 secs for 3rd in the 800m “C” race.
Last weekend at Lee Valley in the South of England Championships, Sidnie Ward (photo left) won the U/17 800m with a time of 1m58.44 secs, and Jimmy Geller won his section of the U/13 Boys 800m with 2m22.41 secs. There was a bronze medal in the U/17 women’s 400m for Nicole Alves wo recorded a personal best of 59.5 secs. In the hammer in the same age group Simbiyat Sikiru placed 5th with 45.79m, and in the U/17 men’s HJ Joba Asihiu was 7th with 1.75m, and also clocked 24.62 (-3.8) in his 200m heat. Another to make finals was Merveilles Massembo who placed 7th in the boys U/15 200m with a personal best of 24.31 secs (-0.9), and he was also 8th over 100m with 12.09 secs (-0.4) having clocked 12.03 secs (-2.9) to qualify. In the heats of the U/15 girls 300m Zahara Malcolm recorded 43.69 secs, and in the U/17 men’s 1500m Sam Sloan recorded 4m34.71 secs.
Also at Lee Valley last week at the Open sprints meeting, Shayne Dewar raced over 100m, and although the times were windy he ran well, recording 10.68 secs w (+2.9) and then 10.61 secs w (+3.0).