Individual results during the last week or so for Woodford athletes have been highlighted by a “domestic” Club record over 110mH for Cameron Fillery, and personal bests for leading throwers Youcef Zatat and Lucy Marshall. There were also medals at the Scotland Championships and at the South of England Age Group Championships.
Aiming for Doha: Cameron Fillery
Cameron Fillery’s new personal best over 110mH of 13.54 secs (-0.2) was set on Sunday in Birmingham at the IAAF Diamond League meeting. This improves the Woodford “domestic” (for athletes qualified to represent GB & N.I.) Club record by 0.02 secs. The absolute bests are held by Nigerian international William Erese with marks of 13.43 secs and 13.3 secs (hand timed). The previous weekend at the European Team Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland Cameron had recorded 13.64 secs (+0.6) in his heat and 13.83 secs (-1.8) when placing 7th in the final. Cameron is rounding into good form ahead of next weekend’s British Championships and World Championship Trials, where the qualifying time required for Doha at 110mH is 13.46 secs. Also in action in Bydgoszcz was Cindi Ofili and, although still not back to her best following serious injury, the Rio 2016 Olympics 4th placer recorded 13.16 secs in her 100mH heat and then 13.12 secs for 4th n the final.
Threatening the club record: Lucy Marshall
Lucy Marshall’s personal best of 63.47m in the hammer came in the Loughborough EAP as she beat her previous best of 62.74m set in 2017, and closed in to Liz (Pidgeon) Carter’s Woodford Club record of 63.61m. Another making in-roads towards the Club record was Youcef Zatat who competed in Cork during the week where he recorded a 5cm personal best of 18.50m, which compares with Emeka Udechuku’s Club record of 18.97m.
Also in action last weekend, but at the Newham graded meeting, and into incredibly strong head-winds, Eugene Amo-Dadzie raced twice over 100m recording 11.07 secs (-4.5) and 11.14 secs (-7.8). During the week at Eltham, Paul Scanlan recorded 50.45 secs over 400m, U/20 Videsh Weerakoddy 1m59.59 secs over 800m, Becky Wilby a season’s best over 800m of 2m26.19 secs, and in the BMC 800m at the same meeting Anna Clark recorded 2m11.45 secs. At the Manchester International, Jack Lawrie placed 2nd over 400mH with 51.76 secs, with Anna Nelson's 62.77secs 8th in the women’s event. Kitty Eleyae was 4th in the long jump with 5.77m (0.0), and Ellen McCartney 5th in the pole vault with 3.81m, having at the weekend cleared 3.76m when choosing to represent Ireland at the European Team Championships 1st Division meeting.
At this weekend’s Scotland Championships at Grangemouth, Jack Lawrie comfortably retained his 400mH title with 51.84 secs, and also winning in the long jump and with a season’s best of 7.71m (+0.5) was Che Richards, whilst HCA member Calum Henderson was 4th with 7.26m (+1.6). Ewan Dyer picked up a bronze medal over 800m as he equalled his personal best with 1m51.34 secs, with former 1.48 man Andy Brown, now a V40, recording 2m02.70 secs in the heats.
Shona Vincent (with baton): bronze in the Southerns
Also this weekend at Ashford at the South of England age group Championships Woodford performances were led by a win from U/15 Danny Raymond in the 800m with 2m 07.47 secs and by silver medals for Simbayet Sikuru in the women’s U/17 hammer where her 52.52m just lost out by 10cm, and Katherine McKenzie who in the same age group was also 2nd over 800m with 2m15.20 secs. Picking up a bronze medal over 100m was U/15 Shona Vincent with 12.69 secs (-1.8), and Shona was also in the 200m final where she placed 6th with 26.51 secs (w/) having qualified from her semi with 26.18 secs (w?). Just missing out on a medal also over 100m was Sikiru Onibango who placed 4th in the U/17 100m with 11.18 secs (-1.9), with Tolani Alaba just missing out on progressing after finishing 3rd in his heat with 11.48 secs (-2.1). Also 4th was Ben Sloan in the U/17 1500m with 4m11.78s secs with Sam Sloan missing out on qualifying after a 4m20.29 secs heat. In the U/15 Girls 1500m Miya Maeda was 12th with 5m18.92 secs.