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  • Noel Carmody

Weekly Update - 15th Feb. 2023

World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver - ISTAF Indoor, Berlin (GER - 10th Feb.)

Daryll Neita won the women's 60m at the ISTAF meeting in Berlin in 7.05s – a PB and just one hundredth of a second off Dina Asher-Smith's UK record.

World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold - ORLEN Copernicus Cup, Torun (POL - 8th Feb.)

Daryll Neita clocked a season's best of 7.13s for fourth place in the senior women's 60m at the ORLEN Copernicus Cup in Poland.

H-Y-P Indoor Meet, Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA - 28th Jan.)

Daniel Falode opened his season with a win in the triple jump at the H-Y-P Indoor Meet in Cambridge, MA, to move to the top of the 2023 UK indoor rankings with a leap of 15.75m.

England Athletics U20/U17/U15 Championships, E.I.S. Sheffield

Club members brought home a haul of silvers and a bronze from their trip up north to the National Indoor Championships for Under20’s, Under 17’s and Under 15’s in Sheffield, reports Mick Bond.

Emily Cadman smashed her PB’s in both the 60m and 200m ( running 7.67s & 24.71s) but just got pipped by Aliyah Afolabi from Cardiff Archers on both occasions. I’m sure the summer will see some more close run races between these two with Emily closing in on two of the best club records on our books. (Club Records).

Over the hurdles Elijah Olaleye didn’t get the start he wanted and had to be content with a bronze in the Under 15 boys 60m hurdles, when he knew a silver was within his grasp.

Others performing well but missing out on top three were Michael and Hannah Bridge who finished 4th and 6th respectively in the Under 15 boys and Under 20 women’s shot put.

Kent Cross Country League, Norman Park, Bromley

Senior Men: By rights the final League fixture should be the climax of the season as final positions in the individual and team tables are decided, but somehow it always feels like a bit of an afterthought, writes Clem Dixon. Perhaps it is because there are just two races, the junior categories having all already finished, or perhaps it is because of the long delay of two months between the penultimate fixture and this one. Maybe the somewhat uninspiring nature of the Norman Park course also has something to do with it.

But enough of the naysaying, sixteen of the club's senior men managed to get excited enough by the prospect to turn up. Once again we had Tom Brooke and Chris Loudon battling it out near the front of the field with Tom finishing 16 seconds ahead of Chris; their 5th and 6th positions being easily their best of the season, albeit in a somewhat thinner field than usual. Next up were training partners Ross May and Geoff Smith, only a single second between these two (35th and 36th) taking the four to score team to yet another 4th place.

I have lost count of how many times I have written "yet another 4th place", it was Richard Bennett in 144th who had the honour of closing out our twelve to score team, yep, 4th again. It won't surprise you to learn that 4th was also our final position in both of the team league tables. Coming into this fixture Chris was lying in 4th place in the individual table, thanks to two of those in front of him not showing up he finished with the silver medal. Similarly Tom climbed up from 8th to 5th. Others who were ever present in the League this season were James Pitts (28th), Robert Barns (46th), Richard Bennett (55th), Clem Dixon (65th) and Paul Ford (67th).

Top: Chris Loudon - Graham Maynard

Bottom: James Pitts - Richard Bennett


Senior Men (7800m): 5 Thomas Brooke 25:58, 6 Chris Loudon (M35) 26:14, 35 Ross May 28:31, 36 Geoffrey Smith (M40) 28:32, 41 Gregory Hills (M35), 28:41, 58 Luke Ford 29:31, 63 James Pitts (M40) 29:35, 73 Duncan Hope (M40) 29:57, 84 David Reader (M50) 30:58, 137 Robert Barns (U20) 34:03, 144 Richard Bennett 34:26, 172 David Hunter (M55) 36:31, 175 Paul Ford (M55) 36:43, 188 Roderick Cookey-Bresi 38:36, 192 Clem Dixon (M60) 39:16.

Senior Women (7800m): 8 Georgina Huddleston 31:43, 27 Susan Dixon (W55) 34:38, 39 Cara Oliver (W45) 35:48, 52 Christine Bond (W55) 37:09, 64 Sally Carr (W55) 38:34, 68 Marian Hine (W55) 39:30, 78 Rose Baker (W55) 40:38, 96 Maggie Illingworth (W45) 50:48.

Sutcliffe Indoor 60's

Another full house meant lots of competition for the twenty-six club members who took part, reports Mick Bond. Overall twenty-two of the twenty-six either running personal bests or season’s bests so there was lots to celebrate at the end of the day whilst the meeting overall was very good for the club’s bank account!

Southern Counties Veterans AC Indoor Championships, Lee Valley

Former runner and now convert to race walking Mark Ashby removed 42 seconds from his previous best for the 3000m race walk recording 17:41.44s to win M60 gold. Wole Odele also struck gold in the M55 800m stopping the clock at 2:27.81.

Competing as a guest Tim Carter (M70) had a busy day, contesting the 60m (9.29s a PB), 200m (31.85s) and long jump 3.37m. Also competing as guests, throwers Peter Wishart (M60) and Natalie Mann (W35) achieved 9.68m and 6.49m in the shot respectively.

RunThrough Battersea Park 5k/10k

Two club members ran the 10k at the RunThrough Battersea Park event on Saturday. Tom Loia finished in 81st place overall in 39:23. Nathan Moncaster made his debut over the 10k distance clocking 44:35.


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