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South Of England Indoor Champs U13/15/17

Six young athletes took part in these championships but, despite our small turnout, two silver medals were secured.

Danny Raymond  SoE silver 2020

Danny Raymond was 2nd in the South of England U17 800m

Having recently produced a minithon record over 600 metres, Isabelle Kyson (below, pic by Scott Kyson) was busy on the Saturday. In the 60 metre heats Isabelle qualified for the final with 2nd place in 8.69. An hour later she placed 4th in the final with 8.71. Two hours later she lined up for the 800m final. Front-running tactics so nearly paid off as she just lost out on gold on the line to Heathside's Mia Rossen, in a new PB of 2 minutes 30.2 seconds.

Isabelle Kyson SoE silver 2020Danny Raymond competed in the Under 17 Men’s 800 metres. In his heat he ran comfortably to place 2nd in 2 mins 02.88 secs. Just two hours later an exciting final saw Reardon of Blackheath taking out a fast pace with our lad sticking right with him. On the final circuit Danny tried to edge past but Reardon hung on to run 1 mins 58.7 with Danny breaking 2 minutes for the first time with 1 min 59.57 secs.

Shona Vincent and Zahara Malcolm are fine athletes with great futures ahead of them. They have now moved up to the Under 17 age group and they competed with great distinction in these championships.

Shona competed in the 60 metres by winning her heat in 7.91. A tremendous semi-final saw her qualify for the final with 7.84, a PB. In the final she finished 5th in 7.88. This was a great afternoon's work for Shona under coach Alan James, who is doing a great job with her. Zahara Malcolm, now coached by Gladys Bird, ran the 400 metres and competed really well for a new indoor PB of 61.20 for 2nd, but she just lost out on a final spot.

Aidan Fernando competed in the Under 17 Men’s 200m and, after setting an indoor PB of 23.18 by winning his heat, he was unable to finish his semi final. Aidan is another excellent club athlete. Medwin Odamitten was 3rd in the Under 17 Men’s 60 metres heat in 7.42.