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  • Mick Bond

Weekly Update 14th June 21

The club’s sprinters shone again in the hot sunny conditions last weekend. At the Newham Open Brandon Mingeli beat bettered the senior men's 100m club record with a 10.29 clocking. This time ranks him 8th in the UK and puts him line for selection for the European Under 23 Championships in Estonia in July. Follow this link for video of Brandon’s race – he’s in lane 7-

Brandon Mingeli, second from top, setting a new senior men's 100m club record in 10.29 - Great dip!

Other good performances at Newham included a 100m PB of 12.48 by Doyin Aderinto and a season's best of 57.52 by Wole Odele over 400m to keep him at the top of the UK age group rankings.

Following in Brandon’s footsteps 15 year old Dante Legister ran a superb 10.88 at the Kent Schools championships, whilst training partner Dejaune Lingard raced to a 21.91 200m clocking at the London Championships at Battersea. Both now feature in the UK top three and should be in contention for medals at the English Schools Championships in July.

Other sprinters doing well at Battersea included Faith Assah winning the Under 15 100m title in 12.99 whilst team mate Keziah Olaleye won the 200m in 26.40. In the hurdles the club had a 1,2,3 in the Under 17 boys hurdles courtesy of Aaron Abayomi, Carlos Rojo-Thigo and Reuben Chandler, whilst Cerys Daniels won the girls equivalent in a PB of 13.14 and Amirat Mohammed-Hassan won the longer 300m hurdles. In the field there was great win and PB for Hannah Bridge with a 12.63 shot put and a second place for Theo Hafford-Tear in the javelin. Back on the track Amelia Lawrence won a well earned bronze in the 1500m and got under five minutes for the first time with 4:57.74.

Back at Ashford Shawanna Williams set a 12.82 PB in the 100m for silver and Javon Sutherland ran well over 400m timing 55.82 for bronze whilst Katie Marsh threw 36.80 for silver in the javelin. The hot sunny conditions suited the sprinters but made life tougher for the endurance athletes. Despite this Hannah Hopper set a massive PB by over 3 minutes in the 5000m walk recording a time of 27:04.10 whilst brother Christian, competing as a guest, set a debut PB of 25:20.48.

Elsewhere Sabrina Sinha continued her early season form winning the BMC 800 at Watford in 2:06.10, follow this link for Sabrina’s post race interview -

Finally at the South of England Championships Holly Dixon found the field not as challenging as she’d hoped and won the 5000m by more than 40 seconds in 16:48.87. On the actual field Craig Lacy threw 55.51 in the javelin for a well deserved silver medal.

This weekend the senior team have their first league fixture of the season at Sutcliffe on Sunday afternoon. Spectators welcome!


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