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Weekly Update - 21st June 2023

Lee Valley Sprint Nights (Wed. 7th June)

Brandon Mingeli equalled his own club senior men's 100m record with a 10.29s performance at Lee Valley.

London & Kent Schools Championships (Sat. 10th June)

Saturday 10th June saw the annual County Schools championships. London which covers the central 12 London Boroughs formerly covered by the Inner London Education Authority and which only those over a certain age will remember, held it’s championships in Battersea Park. Kent which covers Kent County plus the London boroughs of Bexley and Bromley was at Medway Park, writes Mick Bond. These championships are one of the highlights of the summer and are the pathway to the National Schools Championships due to be held in Birmingham at the end of June. Most of the club’s juniors were competing at one championship or another and to date sixteen club members have been selected to go to the National Championships. This we believe is a record for the club and reflects the growing strength of our junior sections.

Under 15 Girls: Emily Cadman - 200m, Iris Williams -1500m and Arianna Clarke -100m.

Under 17 Girls: Keziah Olaleye - 300mH & Lily Gayle 80mH.

Under 19 Girls: Hannah Bridge - Shot.

Under 15 Boys: Elijah Olaleye 80mH, Hans Nmaju 80mH, Daniel Obike - HJ, Joshua Wellings - 300m, Michael Bridge - Shot & Kema Jr Onyemaechi - 100m.

Under 17 Boys: Michael Somade-Makinde - 200m & Sam Scrase-Field -1500m.

Under 19 Boys: Shaquille Fernandez-Folkes - 200m & Osagie Imanswuomo - 100m.

Watford Harriers Open Graded Meeting (Wed. 14th June)

Olly Buck (U17) removed six seconds from his previous best, set in May in Watford, for 3000m with a time of 9:08.71s. Olly went into this season with a best of 9:41.59s, and it should not be long before he runs sub nine minutes.

England Athletics U20/U23 OPEN Championships, Chelmsford (17th/18th June)

Hannah Hopper was the only club member to enter these championships, which being held in Chelmsford was considerably closer to London than the usual venue of Bedford. In hot humid conditions Hannah won the U23 women's 3000m race walk title with a time of 14:45.97s.

South Eastern Schools' Inter-County Match, Basingstoke (Sat. 17th June)

Hans Nmaju (U15B), Iris Williams (U15G) and Lily Gayle (U17W) were selected to represent Kent Schools at the South East Schools Inter Counties - Cunliffe Cup match in Basingstoke on Saturday. Hans won the junior boys 80m hurdles in 11.01s, which subject to ratification will be a new U15 boys club record. Lily Gayle took the win in the intermediate girls 80mH in a personal best 11.70s. Iris was 4th in the junior girls 1500m in 4:48.14s

Kent Young Athletes League, Norman Park, Bromley (Sat. 17th June)

The second match in the Kent League series, reports Mick Bond, saw us finish 3rd out of eight again and leaves us comfortably in 3rd place overall behind Blackheath and Tonbridge.

Southern Athletics League, St. Albans (Sun. 18th June)

Another Southern Athletics League, another win! Congratulations to all the athletes who competed and contributed to all the points.

Women: In the short sprints, reports Sophie Fenner, Cambridge Harriers took all four wins. Doyin and Derin Aderinto won the 100m. In the 200m, Doyin won the A-string and Lily Gayle won the B-string. Lily also achieved a PB in the non-scoring 100m. The 400m saw a PB for Gabby Noyce and Ogheneviyenze Efadue make her debut over that distance. Emer Tynan ran her first 800m with a brilliant time of 2:36.8s. Imogen Flint-Panesar gained three points in the 800m, even after completing the Duke of Edinburgh that weekend. Lucy Marlow helped the team massively by completing both the 1500m and the 5000m. Keziah Olaleye came 2nd in both the 100m and 400m hurdles. Cerys Daniels won the B-string and earned a PB in the 100m hurdles, and Gabby won the B-string 400m hurdles by a considerable distance. In the relay, we finished 2nd in the 4x100m, 1st in the 4x400m mixed A-string and 2nd in the B-string. In the field, Cerys and Keziah came 2nd in the high jump. Cerys earned another PB in the long jump with a huge improvement with a new mark of 4.65m. The triple jump saw PBs for both Lily and Katie Marsh. Sophie Fenner recorded a PB in the shot. Katie set a SB in the discus. In the hammer, Sophie came 2nd with some questionable officiating potentially impacting on the distance. In the javelin, Katie took a tumble on her final throw but still came away with the win. Shout out to Natalie Mann who competed well in all four throwing events.

Men: No report received.

Eltham Park 5 (Sun. 18th June)

This trail run is two laps of Eltham Park South and Oxleas Woods. The start of each lap is around half a mile of mown grass, and the remainder is woodland track and grass. First Cambridge Harrier to the cross the line was Luke Ford in 12th place overall with 32:38.

Results: 12. Luke Ford 32:38, 19. Gregory Hills 33:26, 21. Christian Poulton 33:42, 23. Raymond Ramsay 34:19, 77. Paul Ford 41:51, 179. Angela Ford 49:54.


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