BAL Premiership Match Three

In an enthralling contest at Barnet’s Copthall Stadium on Saturday, WGwEL’s men’s team finished a close second to local rivals Newham who scored 355 points, ahead of Woodford on 347. Sale were a distant third on 292, with Birchfield fourth on 281. With Sylvia Nicholson in attendance amongst the Woodford supporters, Team Manager Gladys Bird was pleased with the team's performance, and Woodford now lie a clear second in the division on 19.5, behind NEB on 24, with Birchfield third on 18.5. With one meeting left, Trafford are sure to be relegated, but Enfield, Shaftesbury, Sheffield or Sale could now each join them. It was a strong all-round effort from Woodford’s men, but the field eventers laid the foundations, with hammer thrower Mark Dry picking up the Man Of The Match award for his victory with a new personal best of  70.81m.

Loughborough EAP/Watford BMC

There was news of some fine hurdling performances from both Sarah Claxton and Callum Priestley at Wednesday evening's EAP meeting at Loughborough, together with some other useful performances from WGwEL athletes, both at Loughborough and the Watford BMC meeting.

National Junior League

Peter Clarke
WGEL achieved an excellent 4th position at the National Junior League Premier Division match held at Norman Park Bromley, on Sunday 26th July. The WGEL  team were missing many of their u20 athletes, particularly in the middle distances. But, on the day, it was pleasing to witness such an exceptional team spirit kick-in with many of our u17/u20 athletes willingly covering additional events. All the women's events were covered and our young men covered all bar two spots, gaining valuable extra team points.

Peter Clarke was named male ‘Athlete of the Match’ for his winning hammer throw of 61.15m.

Result: 1, Shaftesbury Barnet H. 52 (8); 2, Blackheath & Bromley 519.5 (7); 3, Enfield & Haringey 481 (6); 4, WGEL 442 (5); 5, Windsor, Slough, Eton, H'low 430 (4); 6, Harrow AC 352 (3); 7, City of Norwich 324.5 (2); 8, Team Cambridge 301 (1)

There were numerous fine performances by WGEL athletes - see link to results.

Berlin World Championship Team

Three WGwEL athletes have today been named in the GB&NI team to compete in the World Championships next month in Berlin. Beijing Olympic finalists Sarah Claxton and Jeanette Kwakye are both named; Sarah  in the 100m Hurdles, whilst Jeanette, who has been fighting to return to full fitness after injury is named in the 4x100m squad, together with UK Champion and Trials winner, Joice Maduaka.

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