WGwEL athletes were again busy in indoor action this weekend, with international fixtures in Moscow and Stuttgart, and domestic action in Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham and Lee Valley. Highlights included another Pole Vault personal best for Alasdair Strange, and fine sprinting and hurdling from Tim Abeyie and Callum Priestley.
Sarah Claxton competed in Gothenburg on Tuesday evening, placing 3rd over 60mH in 8.22 secs, and then again on Wednesday evening in Dusseldorf where she recorded 8.29 secs. Also on Tuesday, in Vienna, Ezekiel Ewulo got his indoor season underway, missing his p.b. by just 2cm as he placed 5th in the long jump with 7.45m. Maria Seager, went even better, as she set a new p.b. in the pole vault with a fine 4.13m for 4th. Elaine O'Neil raced over 60m and recorded 7.49 secs and 7.50 secs
With few competition opportunities since December, the South of England Championships marked a welcome return to racing for our young athletes. The cold, overnight snap meant that the early races had to negotiate frozen ground with the risk of turning an ankle ever present for the competitors. Runners in the later races experienced the traditional nature of Parliament Hill; plenty of cloying, boggy ground and sloppy mud.
Pride of the young athlete results must go to the U20 Men, who won a bronze team medal with defending champion, Ronnie Sparke this year just out of the individual medals in 4th place, 22 seconds adrift of winner Daniel Clorley (Luton AC). It was a fine performance from Ronnie, this being his comeback race after missing six months through injury.
This weekend was the busiest so far in the current indoor season for WGwEL athletes. Many were in action on both Saturday and Sunday at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley, with others in international action In Glasgow, highlighted by a fine triple jump victory from Tosin Oke, and in Germany where Joice Maduaka was in fine spinting form.
At Glasgow's Kelvin Hall, scene of the traditional opening international fixture of the indoor season, GB took on teams from the US, Sweden and the Commonwealth Select. Representing the Commonwealth, Tosin Oke confirmed his recent fine form as he took triple jump victory in an indoor personal best of 16.73m, which ranks him equal 4th on the current world rankings.