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Weekly Update - 29th May 2024

Sutcliffe Park Track & Field Nights/Regional BMC Races, Eltham (Wed. 22nd May)

The first of our Wednesday night promotions run in conjunction with the British Miler Club went off well with 160 odd athletes braving some wet weather to have a go at improving PB’s, writes Mick Bond. Oliver Cook (pictured below courtesy of Mark Hookway (TAC)) took 24 seconds off his 1500m best recording 4:19.57s, whilst there was a real inter club finish in the second open 1500m with Austin Richards (4:51.44s) just getting the better of Alex Van den Berg-Hows (4:51.51s) and Monty Brown (4:52.38s) - all three are under 15’s and all got personal bests.


Beckenham Team Relays, from Beckenham Place Park (Wed. 22nd May)

The Beckenham Team Relays consists of three laps of 2.6miles – each lap run on undulating roads and paths, starting and finishing in Beckenham Place Park and attracted an entry of 162 teams. with eight from the club. Running as a mixed team - Liam Carr, John O'Mahony and Catherine Gonzalez were our highest place team in 21st overall, just missing out on the podium for mixed teams in fourth place.


BMC Grand Prix - World Athletics Challenger, Manchester (Sat. 25th May)

Holly Dixon dipped under sixteen minutes for 5000m for the first time at the BMC Grand Prix in Manchester on Saturday, finishing second with 15:58.61s.


Bruce Longden Hurdles Fest, Chelmsford (Sat. 25th May)

Elijah Olaleye continues to improve smashing his own personal best plus Charlie Perry’s club record in the U17M 400m hurdles, reports Mick Bond. His winning time of 55.28s sets him up well for the National Championships that are approaching. Sister Keziah finished second in the U20 women’s race with another sub 65 second clocking.

Club Record beater Elijah Olaleye with proud coach Mick Bond


UK YDL (Upper) - Southern Premier, Hemel Hempstead (Sun. 26th May)

Our foray into the top flight of the YDL continued, writes Mick Bond, though not quite as successfully as at the first match. As previously we started really well with all our best events coming in the first quarter of the meeting, but as the day went on we slowly slipped from first to fifth place and now face a dog fight between ourselves Windsor and Shaftsbury to avoid relegation – All three teams are on the same league points with two teams to go down, so whoever comes out on top at the last match stays up

 

There were lots of highlights but three pulled hamstrings before and during the meeting didn’t help and maybe this is a topic for discussion on the coaches’ forum?

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