South of England Champs and other Indoor News

As the brief indoor season got further underway, several Woodford athletes were in action at Lee Valley in the South of England Championships, where performances were led by Southern titles for Youcef Zatat, Kitty Eleyae and Chris Stone. Others were in action both in Europe and in the U.S.

Youcef Zatat’s win at Lee Valley came in the Shot where he won with a fine 18.19m to retain the title he won in 2018.  Kitty Eleyae who last won in 2017 (and was 2nd last season) won the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.83m. Chris Stone’s win came over 200m where he was a comfortable winner with 21.47 secs, having won his semi in 21.56 secs, and heat in 21.93 secs. Also in action in the heats was hurdles specialist George Vaughan who recorded 23.44 secs. The previous day Chris had picked up bronze over 60m with a time of 6.87 secs, having recorded 6.83 secs in his semi-final. Also making that final was Omololu Abiodun who was 5th with 6.95 secs, having recorded a p.b. of 6.89 secs to qualify. In his first serious year in the sport Eugene Amo-Dadzie just missed out in a place in the final having clocked 6.96 secs in his semi after a 6.94 secs heat.

In the U/20 age group heptathlete Amelia MacDonald recorded 9.38 secs in her heat of the 60mH, and the following day picked up silver in the long jump with 5.54m, before placing 5th in the high jump with 1.60m. The senior women’s 800m saw two Woodford women make the final, Chole Bradley was 4th with 2m10.82 secs, and Anna Clark 6th with 2m14.77 secs. In the women’s Pole Vault, new member Ellen McCartney placed 7th with 3.60m, whilst in the men’s event it was good to see HCA member Dan Gardner back in action and placing 2nd with 5.00m. Dan’s brother Nathan, also an HCA member was also in good form at an Open Meeting in Cardiff where he won with a clearance of 4.80m.

In action overseas at Kuldije, Latvia, Gabriella Ade-Onjobi won over 60mH with 8.51 secs after clocking 8.54 secs in her heat, and in the flat 60m placed 6th with 7.62 secs after a 7.65 secs heat. Slightly faster than Gabriella and racing at Allendale, Michigan in the U.S. Cindy Ofili won over 60m with 7.60 secs. Also racing in the U.S. at Notre Dame it was pleasing to see Bradley Wattleworth back in action and running well as he placed 6thover 3000m recording a personal best of 8m21.66 secs.