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  • Noel Carmody

Weekly Update - 31st May 2023

Meeting Internazionale “Citta di Savona”, Savona (ITA) (Wed. 24th May)

Daryll Neita ran a season's best of 10.97s in winning the women's 100 metres.

Cambridge Harriers Track & Field Nights, Sutcliffe Park (Wed. 24th May)

Our series of four Wednesday night open meetings kicked off on 24th May with close to 250 athletes competing in one event or another. Of these just over 50 were Cambridge Harriers. Some technical issue on the photo finish system meant things didn’t quite go to plan on the track but the field event athletes were happy with an extra event added this year and six attempts for each athlete in the shot and discus.

In the first event of the night the 3000m race walk Mark Culshaw set a new M55 club record with a time of 17:56.9s.

Southern Counties Veterans League (Kent), Dartford (Fri. 26th May)

In the second of the Southern Counties Veterans League matches the men's team finished in fourth place and sit fourth in the league. The women's team were fifth and sit fifth in the league. Wins on the night came from Paris Hunt (pictured) in the M60 200 metres in 28.0s, Natalie Mann in the W35 hammer (32.70m) and two wins for Jennifer Agyepong in the W50 hammer (37.32m) and shot (8.72m).

UK Youth Development League Upper - Southern 1B, Basildon (Sun. 28th May)

Our Under 20/Under 17 team headed to Essex for the second of the four matches in the YDL series, reports Mock Bond. Having been promoted last year and then won the first match by 200 points spirits were high but a combination of exams, holidays, injuries and house moves decimated the U20W team and we ended up taking second place to a revitalised Havering . Overall however we remain in top spot in the division and still on course for promotion to the premier division next year.

Under 20 Men: Orin Vitalis had a great day out. As an aspiring decathlete he signed up to do five events in one day and managed to set PB’s and win three out of the five (HJ -1.85m, 110H -16.52s & 400H - 59.84s). Osagie Imanswuomo continues to impress in his first competitive season getting under eleven seconds for the first time with an 10.98s clocking in the 100m. Elsewhere there were strong performances culminating in a clear win in the 4 x 400m relay courtesy of Shaquille Fernandez-Folkes, Aidan Ward, Jack Adams and Jack Ebanks.

Under 17 Men: Michael Somade-Makinde set PB’s in both the 100m (11.21s) and 200 (22.70s) whilst Daniel Nyong continues to improve setting a two second season’s best in the 400m sprint. Sam Scrase- Field comfortably won the 800m in 2:02.12s and is sure to go sub-two minutes soon.

Under 20 Women: As already said not our biggest team but Inez Rice and Evie Ravenscroft turned out picked up good points in the 800m, 400m and 4 x4 00m relay. Ogheneviyenze Efadue ran PB’s in both the 100m and 200m and Shawanna Williams is starting to get back to her best form in the sprints and even surprised herself with a 20m javelin throw having never picked one up before the day

Under 17 Women: Nuriah Orhurhu and Faith Assah both smashed their PB’s, Nuriah winning the 100m in 12.35s and Faith taking second in the 200m in 25.49s. They then combined with Ciara McGinty and Zafirah Alebiosu for another sub-49 clocking in the 4 x100m relay and remain on top of the UK Rankings.

Nuriah Orhurhu - PB run in the 100m

Newham & Essex Beagles Track Open Meeting (Mon. 29th May)

Season bests were recorded by Doyin and Derin Aderinto over 100 metres of 11.90s and 12.73s respectively. Iris Williams (U15) won her heat of the 800 metres in a time of 2:21.28s, just shy of her PB. Running in the same heat Celia Allen (U15) recorded a personal best of 2:30.00s.

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