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  • Noel Carmody

Weekly Update - 17th Jan. 2024

Southern U13/U15/U17 Individual Indoor Championships, Lee Valley (13/14th Jan.)

The club had good representation at this event which draws athletes from as far afield as Cornwall and Norfolk, reports Mick Bond.


Under 17 Men: Hans Nmaju and Elijah Olaleye both moved up an age group this winter meaning higher hurdles spaced further apart. Despite this they both won their heats in the 60m hurdles, but Hans was strongest in the final storming to victory in a big new PB of 8.38s. Elijah missed out in 6th place but got agonisingly closer to the medals in the 400m again winning his heat (PB of 52.86s) and was then given 4th place in the final held an hour latter in 53.12s the same time as the athlete in 3rd.


In the field a third round throw of 14.36m secured silver in the shot for Michael Bridge in his first competition as an under 17 using the heavier 5k shot, whilst Hans jumped 5.87m for 10th place in the long jump and Daniel Obike jumped 1.75m for 5th in the high jump.


Under 17 Women: Another athlete moving up age groups was Emily Cadman who competed in the 200m. With heats, semis and finals all on the same day it was a tough schedule, but Emily took it in her stride and won bronze in a time of 25.61s. Ariana Clarke ran the 60m alongside Emily and set personal bests of 8.11s in the heats and then 8.10s in the semi-final.


In the 60m hurdles both Lily Gayle and Gabby Noyce set PBs in the heats (8.99s and 9.40s respectively) to progress to the semi-finals with Lily just missing out on the final by 1/100th of a second. Gabby added a 4.70m long jump and 65.46s over 400m to her weekends work. Isabelle Stevens set and early season PB of 9.34m in the shot.


Under 15 Boys: Zavier Brathwaite ran a PB of 7.67s in the 60m semis to make the final with new member Jovani Lyndsey recording 7.76s in his heat and 7.78s in the semis.


Under 15 Girls: Nia Thomas had a busy weekend first running PBs of 9.77s then 9.67s in the 60 hurdles with the latter time securing her 6th place in the final. She followed this up with two runs in the 60m (heats and semis) and then a PB in the 200m with 28.58s. Jayda Renae Mckenzie ran the 60 in 8.63s and the 200 in 29.33s.

Best Races Series 5K/10K, Battersea Park (Sat. 13th Jan.)

A great run for Tom Brooke at the inaugural Beat Races Series in Battersea Park where he took the win over 10k in 32:24 over a minute ahead of second place.


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