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Weekly Update - 26th July 2023

Holly Dixon selected to represent England

Holly Dixon has been selected to represent England at the Adidas Home Nations 5k, which will take place on Saturday 12th August within the picturesque Bute Park in Cardiff. Holly set a big 5000m PB running 16:03 at the Comeback 5000m and followed this up with a PB of 33:46 at the Night of the 10,000m PBs.

WANDA Diamond League

Daryll Neita was in action at the two Diamond League events held over the weekend. In Monaco on Friday she ran over 200 metres finishing 5th in 22.54s. Sunday saw her run at the London Stadium over 100 metres , where she finished 4th in a season's best of 10.96s.

England Athletics Senior & Disability Championships, Chelmsford (22nd/23rd July)

Three club members entered the England Athletic Senior Championships held at the well appointed Chelmsford Sports and Athletic Centre. On Sunday in humid and blustery conditions Hannah Hopper (U23) continued her fine form, taking silver in the women's 5000m race walk in 25:05.27s.

On the Saturday Craig Lacy finished 8th in the men's javelin with a best of 53.48m. In the women's 100m only the first two in each heat and the two fastest losers progressed to the final. Doyin Aderinto recorded a time of 12.53s into a -2.3 headwind for fifth in her heat.

Club Connect Relays, London Stadium (Sun. 23rd July)

UK Athletics organise a series of relay races for junior teams in London just before the Diamond League, writes Mick Bond. The athletes get to prepare on the warm up track alongside some of the stars that were racing later and also given free tickets to stay on and watch the Diamond League. The club fielded three teams this year. Our U17W did best setting yet another 4 x 100m club record finishing third to the BFTTA (Be Fit Today Track Academy) and Blackheath and Bromley. The U20W ran a season’s best finishing 6th in their race, but their male compatriots were unable to make it past the first changeover!

Cambridge Harriers Track & Field Nights, Eltham (Wed. 19th July)

We sold out virtually every event at the third of our summer open meetings and even managed to keep to timetable! reports Mick Bond. Plenty of personal bests on the night with special mention to Sam Scrase-Field (pictured below - courtesy of Mark Hookway (Tonbridge AC)) whose bid to become a sub-2 minute 800m runner was foiled by 6/100th of a second!

Peter Wishart added just over two metres to his own M60 discus club record with a throw of 40.63m.

Pat Kippax Memorial 400m, Eltham (Wed. 19th July)

Included each year within the club's July Open Meeting is the Pat Kippax Memorial 400m in memory of club member Patricia Kippax who passed away in 2009. She was a British sprinter and competed in the women's 400 metres at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The race this year was won by Chanelle Cole (B & B) in 58:76s with club members Faith Assah (No 246) second in 60.41s and third Keziah Olaleye (No 247) in a personal best of 60.85s. The ladies are pictured below with another club Olympian Joan Allison who made the presentations.

UK Youth Development League Lower - Southern 1B, Tooting (Sat. 22nd July)

Last weekend we missed the rain and just had wind, this weekend we got both! writes Mick Bond. Our team did really well to keep their spirits up during a wet afternoon’s athletics in Tooting, although team wise our overall performance was not enough to keep us up in the division we were promoted to last year.

On the track Hans Nmaju excelled again winning the hurdles easily in 11.4s whilst fellow U15 Daniel Obike somehow cleared 1.70m in the pouring rain to win the high jump. Michael Bridge won the shot, discus and javelin in the U15B category.


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