Several Woodford athletes made the journey to Glasgow to compete in this weekend’s British Indoor Championships. Amongst a number of decent performances there were silver medals for Youcef Zatat, Cameron Fillery and Shanara Hibbert, with both Youcef and Shanara recording personal best performances. There was also news from the US and elsewhere.
The Woodford highlight at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships was a bronze medal from Danny Raymond in the U17 men’s 800m, while Shona Vincent achieved a notable PB in the U17 women’s 60m.
Danny Raymond: an impressively quick finish (pic Tina Raymond)
Phil Norman, who has his eyes on Olympic qualification in the steeplechase this year, produced a pleasing performance on the roads last week. He returned to Armagh, where last year he ran 14.02 for 13th place in the popular annual 5K. This year he finished higher up the field, in 4th place, and clocked 13.46. This year a mighty 21 men breached the 14 minute barrier.
Phil will shortly begin a six-month break from work in order to get himself in the best possible shape for attacking his season's goal.
Phil positions himself well early in the race (photo: Coral Norman)
Among those Woodford athletes competing at the BUCS indoor championships in Sheffield there were medals for Ellen McCartney and Rebecca Matheson and HCA member Calum Henderson.
Ellen McCartney: silver in the pole vault
Ellen McCartney (representing Brunel University) secured her pole vault medal with a second time clearance at 3.80 and went on to do the same at 3.90 and 4.00, but this was only to be a silver thanks to the appearance of British record holder Holly Bradshaw, who won in a championship record of 4.65. In other jumps Denesha Rocastle (Portsmouth) was unable to contest the women’s triple jump final due to injury having qualified in 10.84. HCA member Calum Henderson (Edinburgh) took his first BUCS medal with 6.91 in the men’s long jump for bronze. Our other field finalist was Hugh Williams (UCL) who finished tenth after qualifying with 12.34. Amelia MacDonald (Brunel) just missed out on the high jump final, finishing 13th in 1.55.