Some of Woodford’s seniors were also in action at Chelmsford in the Essex Championships and titles were won by Shayne Dewar, Youcef Zatat, Kitty Eleyae and Sylvia Cruz. There were two Middlesex U/20 titles for Amelia McDonlad, and two Cambridgeshire titles for Kaisei Opara, as well as news from the US.
Saturday 12th May (DAY 1)
The first of the 2 days was cloudy, overcast and rainy, however this didn't stop WGEL from competing well. In the U/13 Boys Jimmy Geller (left) ran a superb 800m with a new PB of 2m 14.87 and a GOLD MEDAL. James Brigstocke-Williams also ran a PB - 2m 25.71sec. Likewise Reuben Fabian: 2m 32.49s PB whilst Nathan Wright ran 2m 31.24s. And Abigail Reid finished the 800m in the U/13 Girls with a PB time of: 2m 34.49s and SILVER.
In the U/15 Girls Miya Maeda finished 6th in the 1500m with: 5m 19.61s, which was a PB. Samuel Oshodi did the Long Jump and 300m in the U/15 Boys: 5m 44cm (6th) and 42.65s in the 300m heat for 5th and in the final: 43.14s. In the Hammer Kai Wright performed exceptionally well finishing with a PB: 42m 45cm and SILVER medal, while Luke Finch threw well with a PB distance of: 28m 29cm (7th). Matthew Adum Yeboa ran the 100m heat in 12.00s for 3rd and then the final slightly faster in: 11.87s for 6th. Zahara Malcolm (right) rounded the U/15 off with a PB and GOLD in the 300m with a time of: 42.10s.
Other track and Field news over the weekend centred around the BUCS Championships at Bedford where performances from Woodford athletes representing their universities were led by a first and second in the 800m from Dan Rowden and Canaan Solomon (photo below with coach Richard Thurston). There was also news from the US.
Woodford’s BAL team faced a tough battle in the first Premiership fixture of the season at Leigh. Missing several athletes to the British Universities (BUCS) Championships as well as several others through injury or other factors, the team ended up 6thon the day in what proved a very tight result, with many other Clubs also affected by the BUCS clash. All of Woodford’s athletes performed admirably, led by a notable 3km Steeplechase and 1500m double from Phil Norman, a high jump win for Robert Wolski and a triple jump double from debutant Lawrence Davis and Peter Kirabo, but also notable for the way the athletes rallied round, some filling unfamiliar events to plug the gaps. There were other Woodford BAL debuts for Chris Stone, George Vaughan and Frank Moore. Scores on the day were, Birchfield 345, Sheffield 318, Cardiff 280, Shaftesbury 259, TVH 250, Woodford 246, Newham 242, and Swansea 236.