Weekly Update - 24th Aug. 2022
Updated: Aug 31
European Athletic Championships, Munich - Bronze for Daryll Neita
Great Britain & Northern Ireland had three women in the final of the 100m, including Daryll Neita, who ran 10.95s to win her semi-final. Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji stormed out of the blocks, Daryll and Germany’s Gina Lueckenkemper began to reel her in with 25 metres to go, with the three of them finishing neck and neck at the line with photo finish giving Lueckenkemper gold, Kambundji silver and Daryll bronze. Just 0.01 split them, with Daryll's time 11.00.
Daryll said: “I was cramping up a lot just after the presentation. I haven’t cramped all year, which isn’t great. If you actually watch, I was probably saying a prayer on the start line just to get through the line in one piece, which I did.
“I honestly wasn’t going to race but who is going to believe me if I say I was cramping up before? I did my best and got a medal somehow. I feel like I ran on one leg. I have been racing a lot but I felt great in the call room and warm up leading up to the race.
“I set up my blocks and did my push out and was like ‘I’m cramping bad’ but what can you do in that moment. I am a fighter, so I got on the start line and ran and still somehow got a medal.”
(Photograph courtesy of Mark Easton (http://markeaston.zenfolio.com))
BMC Regional Races/Sutcliffe Park Track & Field Nights
The final of the Clubs mid-week Open Sutcliffe Park Track & Field Nights held in conjunction with the British Milers Club (BMC) saw another bumper entry, on a balmy summer’s evening, with club athletes performing well.
Luke Bridges (U15) (pictured below) won the BMC 800G race in a PB of 2:16.07. In the BMC 1500's there were PBs for new member Olly Buck (U15) - 4:26.86 and Liam Carr (U20) - 4:53.79. In the combined BMC and Open 5000m Thomas Brooke (15:56.85) and Raymond Ramsay (16:25.24) both came away with PBs.
In the Open 800m Race 2, Aidan Newton (U17) (pictured below) ran away from the field, winning in 2:16.35, just shy of his personal best. Paris Hunt (M60) recorded a PB of 34.82m in the javelin.
(Photographs courtesy of Mark Hookway - Tonbridge AC)
Kent AC Ladywell 10,000m (inc. Open 100m 2 x Rounds)
After a hiatus the Ladywell 10000 was back as runners from across the UK descended on Ladywell Arena for an afternoon of great racing. Runners this year had the option of participating in the traditional 10,000m distance or100m sprints.
A handful of Cambridge Harriers took on the challenge of 10,000m. Running in Race 2 for those capable of sub-42 minutes, Christian Poulton (M55) finished 4th in 39:37.63 and Christine Lutsch (W40) crossed the line in 10th, and first woman in 40:43.55. Daniel Easton (M35) came 6th in Race 3 (Sub-38:15) clocking 37:12.02. In the fastest seeded race David Worden (M35) took 17th place in 35:43.07.
There were two rounds for the 100m sprinters to contest. There were personal bests for Kola Olojede (U17 - 12.10s), Ephraim Akinlolu (U15 - a windy 12.38s and a legal 12.42s), Immanuel Jegede (U15 - 12.87s), Raphael Akinbolu (U15 - 14.47s).
RunThrough Battersea Park 5km /10km
Angus Vosper (U20) made his debut over 10km, recording a time of 35:00 for 12th. Will Longhurst (M35) came home in 54th position with a time of 38:47.