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  • Noel Carmody

Weekly Update - 8th Feb. 2023

South of England Under 20 & Senior Indoor Championships, Lee Valley

Cambridge athletes secured two bronze medals at the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley. Hannah Bridge finished 3rd in the U20 women's shot, adding two metres to her personal best with 13.17m to move to 4th on the 2023 UK indoor rankings.

Divine Akinlolu missed out on silver in the U20 men's 60 metres by one-hundredth of a second, recording a personal best of 7.04s having already reduced his life-time best to 7.09s in his semi-final.

There were personal bests for Mary Schouvaloff (U23) in the senior women's 200m (27.18s) and Jonathan Idowu in the U20 men's 800m (2:04.24s).

Cambridge Harriers 10 Mile Cross Country Championships, Joydens Wood

Tom Brooke (pictured) has been one of the club's leading cross country runners for a couple of seasons and at last he managed to find his way to our clubhouse to take on our 10 mile cross country championship race and to ensure that a new name will be engraved on the 100 year old trophy that is awarded to the winner, reports Clem Dixon. Chris Loudon, last year's winner, was second. In third place was Greg Hills who has run in this series of races a number of times before, and for a variety of different clubs, so it was great to see him in a light blue vest ensuring a Cambridge 1-2-3.

Ross May in 5th was another who had found his way to the clubhouse for the first time as were brothers Ben and Stephen Thompson who had only joined the club during the preceding week. This being the final race in the series we also gave out the trophy for the highest placed runner over all three races, this was close between Matt Lisley and Graham Maynard with Matt just edging it.

Coralie Charles and Sally Kyle, both of Central Park Athletic, were the first two women, followed by Elena Wilson, one of a group of Greenwich Tritons who have become welcome regulars at these events. Maria Macdonald was the first Cambridge lady; she took home the new trophy that has been kindly donated by Club President Dean Lacy who was unfortunately not well enough to run on this occasion.

Tom's winning time of just under the hour is up there with the better previous winning times, many of which were set by Dean. However fallen trees had necessitated a change in the course this year so times are not strictly comparable. To avoid the obstructions on the usual narrow hill we used a wider but steeper one, this made each lap slightly shorter so in addition to the usual one small and four large laps we had an extra small lap to make up the distance, so we all got to enjoy the new steep hill six times!

Full results of this and previous races in the series are here:

British Universities (BUCS) Cross Country Championships, Pembrey Country Park

Lara Atkinson represented Loughborough University, where she is studying engineering, at the BUCS cross country championships held in Pembury Country Park in Wales. Lara ran in the short course race (6k) finishing 45th in 23:58.

Newham & Essex Beagles Indoor Sprint Series, Newham

Three of the club sprinters were in action at this mid-week indoor meet at the Terence McMillan stadium. Ezekiel Akinsola recorded times of 7.56s & 7.62s for the two rounds of the 60m, Wole Odele (M55) 8.20s & 8.14s and Victory Ogbah (U23W) 8.66s & 8.69s.

Lee Valley Double 60's

Chichi Cooper (U20W) recorded performances of 8.07s & 8.06s over the two rounds at the mid-week Lee Valley Double 60's.

Dewsbury 10k

Lucy Foreman set her second personal best of 2023 reducing her 10k best down from 38:18 to 37:23 at the Dewsbury 10k on Sunday.


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