Whilst some of Woodford’s better athletes were in action at the British Championships in Manchester others especially younger athletes competed more locally at the LICC meeting at Lee Valley and also at an open sprints meeting at Newham. Several personal best performances were recorded.
On Saturday at Lee Valley at the LICC meeting three U/17 athletes raced over 800m and each recorded personal best performances. Of the girls, Miya Maeda and Jessica Adams recorded 2m27.88 secs and 2m32.86 secs respectively with Max Richards recorded 2m08.13 secs as he comfortably won his race. Also an U/17 Zahara Malcolm recorded a personal best over 100m into a strong headwind as she recorded 13.23 secs (-1.7). In the U/20 women’s age group Samanta Bendaravicute and Rennay Dobson each raced over 400m, Samanta recorded a season’s best of 63.14 secs and Rennay a personal best of 67.99 secs.. Over 3000m Thomas Adolphus showed good form as he placed 2nd also recording a personal best of 9m21.56 secs. In the field there were also good performances, U/20 woman Denesha Rocastle recorded a season’s best in the triple jump of 11.17m, whilst there were personal bests in the long jump for U/20 W Larissa Anipa with 4.63m(+1.5) and notably in only her second competition of the season Precious Hamilton added over 2m to her personal best as she won her pool of the discus with a throw of 40.69m.
On Sunday at the Newham sprints meeting conditions were breezy with several good performances being recorded at wind speeds a little over the allowable limit of 2m p/s.
Of the seniors in action Kaesi Opara recorded 11.03 secs (+0.8) and then improved to 10.98 secs w (+2.4). Olumide Isaac’s first race was windy where he recorded 10.61 secs w (+2.3), but then improved to 10.60 secs (+1.1) for a season’s best. New member Emmanuel Falola was timed at 12.14 secs (+1.9) and 12.21 secs (+1.3). Of the U/20 men Matthew Adum-Yeboah won his first race with a season’s best of 10.98 secs (+0.1) ahead of training partner Sikiru Onibanjo with 11.09 secs (+0.1 also a season’s best. In the second round they both improved, Matthew to 10.78 secs w (+2.2) and Sikiru to 10.96 secs w (+2.2) but both were marginally over the legal wind limit. Tolani Alaba was third in that first race with 11.13 secs and he too improved in the second to also record 10.96 secs w (+2.2).
U/20 woman Mary John had a marginally windy 12.44 secs (+2.1) in her first race but then a legal 12.58 secs (+0.6) in her second, a personal best. Senior Lexus Ndiwe was also in good form with 12.52 secs w (+2.4) as she won her first race and then in her second she too recorded a personal best of 12.65 secs (+1.5). Eloise Lewis an U/23 was timed at 12.58 secs w (+2.4) as she finished 2nd to Lexus in her first race but in her second just got the better of Lexus with 12.59 secs (+1.5).