There were some fine performances at the Woodford Green Open on Saturday 31 March, despite temperatures still at winter levels. The hammer saw some of the worst conditions, but the heavy rain did not prevent Andreea Golban moving to 4th in the early season U17 ranking with 49.64 and Simbiyat Sikiru (who was 8th ranked U15 in 2017) improving her PB to 43.08. U15B Kai Wright improved his PB to 32.04 while senior Peter Clarke registered a solid 53.90 season opener. Similarly, Hugh Williams produced solid performance to wins the senior SP (12.52) and DT (34.28). The jumps were ruined by the weather, with the exception of a Wasps LJ competition which came after a spirited Easter egg hunt and before the heaviest rain.
On Saturday U13 Millie Webster travelled to Sandy for the Bedfordshire AAA open meeting. It was her first outing of the outdoor season in the Javelin. In her 1st throw she threw just over 20m, which was a solid start, and then followed this up with her 3rd best throw in her short athletic career with 23m 83cm. It wasn't very far from her PB and with still elements of her technique to improve, surely a new PB is not far off.
On Sunday 3 athletes took part in the Lee Valley U/13 & U/15 Pentathlon & Open meeting. Shona Vincent and Aiden Fernando competed in the 60m sprint. Shona proved that hard work really does pay off, as she powered her way to a big PB with a time of 8.09sec, ranking her in the top 25 in the country as a 1st year in that age group. Aiden didn't want to be outdone and subsequently ran twice in the U/15 Boys 60m, improving his PB on both occasions. A time of 7.63sec was then bettered by a time of 7.56sec, which ranks him just outside the top 30.
Samuel Oshodi took part in the U/15 Boys pentathlon. He finished 5th in the competition with a PB points total of 1912. This is made up of the following:
800m: 2m 36.18s; 60m Hurdles: 10.36s; High Jump: 1m 55cm; Shot Putt: 8m 12cm; Long Jump: 4m 98cm.
Aiden Fernando also competed in the U/15 Boys 200m and set a PB of 24.6s.
16 of our young athletes (two representing Herts Schools) made the journey north to Prestwood Hall in Loughborough for this National event that is fast growing in numbers.
There were almost 300 starters in the Year 5/6 races and almost 200 in the Year 7 races. Our athletes, who were allowed to run for Woodford, were mostly up against county runners who had made the top 10 in their schools champs prior to this event.
The Year 6 Girls squad (photo: Richard Wain)
Our Phil Norman produced a terrific performance in the recent Inter Counties CC Championships to finish 11th, representing Devon.
Devon-based Phil has done a few CC races this winter down in the South-West, including finishing first in both the Cornwall County Champs (November), the Devon County Champs (December) and the South West Inter Counties Champs (January). He also recently ran a solo 15:00 for a 5K parkrun.
But to finish 11th in the extremely muddy Inter Counties at Loughborough was a real feather in his cap, especially since he is mainly known to be a very smooth-looking track runner, a quality not usually associated with mudlarks.
Phil (in action above) only joined us prior to the 2017 track season and was one of 2 men (along with Adam Kirk-Smith) who broke our longstanding 3000m Steeplechase record as he recorded a PB of 8:42.89.
All in all, this bodes very well for Phil's summer season.
Curiously, our HCA (Higher Competition Athlete) Paul Martelletti finished just 3 seconds ahead of Phil in 10th place to lead the Middlesex team to overall victory. Angus Holford finished 85th for Essex.