Several Woodford athletes across all age groups were in action indoors at the Essex Championships at Lee Valley. There were two Championship titles for U/15 sprinter Shona Vincent, and there were also titles for Shayne Dewar, Anna Clark and U/13 Abigail Reid. Several others won medals, and other Woodford athletes have also been in action elsewhere.
U/15 sprinter Shona Vincent who has already been in good form during the brief indoor season picked up two titles at Lee Valley, winning the 60m with 7.94 secs, and also the 200m where she recorded a personal best of 26.10 secs. Also winning a 60m title was Shayne Dewar who comfortably took the senior men’s race with 6.94 secs a personal best. Also over 60m there was a bronze medal for Matthew Adum-Yeboah who was 3rdin the U/20 age group with a personal best of 7.16 secs, with Medwin Odamttn and Merveilles Massembo, both making the U/17 final where they placed 5thand 6th, each with 7.30 secs. Medwin had recorded a personal best of 7.23 secs in his heat. Jobu Ashiru also raced in those heats where he recorded 7.40 secs, and later he picked up a bronze medal in the high jump with a clearance of 1.75m. In the U/20 women’s 60m heats Danesha Rocastle recorded a personal best of 8.14 secs and Rebecca Fofowora recorded 8.20 secs. Later Danesha claimed a silver medal in the triple jump with10.64m and Rebecca placed 4thwith 10.04m. Also jumping was Samuel Oshodi in the U/17 long jump where his 5.85m placed him 6th. Another in action over 60m was U/13 Keira Bellas who recorded 111.04 secs, and also 37.02 secs in the 200m and 15.63 secs in the 60mH.
In the U/17 men’s 200m there was 3rdand a bronze medal for Aiden Fernando with 23.35 secs after a p.b. of 23.32 secs in his semi-final. In those heats Raphael Kpalobi recorded a personal best 25.6 secs. In the U/20 women’s 200m heats Rhianna Buaku recorded 28.84 secs. In both the U/15 girls and U/17 women’s 300m there were bronze medals. In the U/15 event Zahara Malcolm was 3rdwith 43.16 secs, whereas in the U/17 event Nicole Alves recorded 42.25 secs for her 3rdplace. In the U/20 women’s 400m Temi Olusesan placed 6thin the final with 64.92 secs. In the 800m races there were three medals for Woodford athletes. In the senior women’s event Anna Clark was a comfortable and impressive winner with a season’s best of 2m11.72 secs, whereas in the U/17 men’s event Sidnie Ward just lost out after making most of the running but was still 2nd with 2m03.01 secs. In the U/13 Girls race four Wooford athletes each recorded personal bests. Leading them home was Abigail Reid taking a brief break from her fine cross country season to win the County title with 2m27.15 secs, in 3rdwas Isabel Kyson with 2m40.41 secs, Emily Caton was 5thwith 2m41.76 secs and Rosemary Kelly was 7th with 2m47.81 secs.
Other Woodford athletes who have been in indoor action recently included Ewan Dyer who raced over 800m in Glasgow at the weekend and was close to his best ever placing 2nd with 1m52.47 secs, Sam Khogali who recorded long jump marks of 7.23m at Sheffield and 7.12m at an inter-varsity meeting at Lee Valley as well as a 7.09 secs 60m, where Anna Clark also won again over 800m with 2m12.66 secs. HCA member Nathan Gardner recorded a Pole Vault p.b. of 4.90 in Cardiff. Leading up to next weekend’s UK indoor Championships, Rio Olympic 4thplacer Cindi Ofili continues to find improved form over 60mH recording 8.26 secs in Berlin, and then in Lodz, Poland 8.24 secs, and 8.14 secs, which currently tops this year’s UK rankings.