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Weekly Round Up

At the British Championships/Olympic Trials in Manchester there was success for Daryll Neita taking 3rd spot in the 100m and she now waits on news of whether she is in the GB team for the Tokyo Olympics. (Stop press she has been picked for 100m and 4x100m and maintains the club record of a club member at virtually every Olympics since 1936). Sabrina Sinha ran in the 1500m but things did not go to plan and she was unable to qualify for the final but a bright future still beckons for another of our rising stars. Craig Lacy returned form a slight injury to place 9th in the Javelin with a best throw of 59.46m


In the walking events at Manchester the stand out performance came from Hannah Hopper (U20) who executed her race plan to perfection to come through the field in the second half to take a very unexpected bronze in a PB of 26:34.71. Christian Hopper (U17) who aged 16 was by far the youngest in the field, finished 7th knocking almost a minute from his previous best with 24:25.46. Luc Legon walked a strong race for 5th place and a 30 second PB of 21:47.20.

Hannah Hopper 5000m Walk Bronze Medallist


Back at Sutcliffe Park the U20/U17 team performed well to take 3rd spot and move themselves up to 3rd overall in the Kent Division of the Youth Development League. The under 17 Men were stars of the show with Shaquille Fernandez-Folkes, Divine Akinlolu, Dejaune Lingard and Dante Legister combining to run a club record of 43.47 in the 4x100m relay, and with some better changes could go even faster. They now have the quickest time in the UK this year by an Under 17 club team. Eddie Brown set a new PB in the javelin with 47.33 whilst Angus Vosper won the U20 3000m in a PB of 9:27.53.


In the girls team Amirat Mohammed Hassan had a great day setting PB’s in the 300 hurdles (47.83), 80m hurdles (14.83) and 100m (13.63)


Wednesday 23rd June saw the first of the club’s Wednesday night Open Meetings organised in conjunction with the British Milers Club. A bumper entry and good weather saw a range of PB’s by club athletes. In the shot put Under 13 Michael Bridge improved his season’s best to 10.97 a performance which ranks him second in the UK whilst older sister Alex also PB'd with 9.70. On the track there was a welcome return to competition by Under 13 Emily Cadman and her 13.27 in the 100m showed the time out with a broken wrist had not dented her ability. She now ranks 5th on Power of Ten. In the distance running events Abi Richards knocked another couple of seconds of her PB with a 2:22.94 800m whilst Holly Dixon took 17 seconds off her 5000m PB with a time of 16:31.91.

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Just like the England football team there were huge high’s and lows over the weekend as most of the club’s track and field athletes competed in one place or another. Dejaune Lingard probably suffered