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Senior Mens and Womens teams in action in National Leagues – Ethan Brown euro silver

Well things are looking great for our 150th anniversary in 2019 as the mens senior team won their BAL Division One match at Bedford to maintain a second place league position only a point behind Harrow, and if they can finish 4th or better will secure promotion to the Premiership in the last match. The ladies team are already in the Premiership of the WAL and only just missed out on third place by 1.5 points for 4th but maintained 3rd in the league and look certain to retain their league status barring acatastrophe at their final match.

Elsewhere teenager Ethan Brown shattered his 400m pb with 46.87 for a silver medal in the under 18 European Champs at Gyor in Hungary while representing Great Britain & Northern Ireland.

At Bedford the mens team all performed admirably to record their best points score of 329 points with wins in the field for Kelechi Aguocha in the high jump with a 2.00m pb, with Lewis Ely taking 2nd in the B string, a second in the A string long jump for Oliver Newport and a B string win for Tom French, and Jonathan Ilori won the triple jump with Rob Sutherland 2nd in the B string. Alex Pope competed in the javelin, shot, discus and hammer and retains his lead in the Graham Botley trophy competition for the highest individual points scoring with 87 point from Phil Sesemann.

On the track Phil won both the A strings in the 1500m and 3000m, with Joss Barber took 2nd in the B string 1500m and Will Fuller won the B string 3000m. New member Andrew Smith ran well for second in the A string 800m with Angus Harrington wining the B string event, and Alex Nwenwu took 2nd in the 110m hurdles B string.

The final match at Liverpool in August will see the men trying to gain their long awaited promotion to the Premiership.

The ladies made the long trek and were in action in Grangemouth with an outstanding team effort with a somewhat depleted team to secure an excellent 4th place although individual wins were hard to come by on the day. Modupe Shokunbi and Parris Johnson took 3rd and 2nd in the 100m, Immanuela Aliu and Vivien Olatunji both took second in the 200m, and Rachel Dickens ran well for 3rd in the A string 400m.Mother and daughter Clare and Lucy Elms both doubled up in distance events as did Jess Keene for valuable points, and as usual Izzie Hilditch broke 14 seconds for 2nd in the 100m hurdles with Annie Davies again running brilliantly to win the B string. Our international rugby player Shaunagh Brown covered the discus and shot and Carys Marsden and Victoria Wiltshire also both doubled up in the throws, and Zara Asante doubled up on the jumps with a solid 2nd in the triple jump and also a good long jump effort.

The ladies were given 2nd in the 4 x 100m relay but given the same time as the winner, could have made a difference to finishing third in the match, followed by a comfortable 2nd in the 4 x 400m relay. A nice comfortable 3rd in the league with one match remaining.

Nick Brooks

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Dina Asher Smith and James Whiteaker win British Champs and European Trials

Another weekend with over club 20 athletes competing at the British Champs at Birmingham while in the YDL Upper Age Group for under 17s and under 20s, an under strength team secured their place in the September YDL Finals by winning the third league match at Eton by some margin from Shaftesbury Barnet.

Pride of place for Dina Asher Smith who broke the championship best performance at the British Champs with a clear win in the 100m in 10.97 for her third sub 11 second clocking of the season and securing a place on the GB team for the European Champs in Berlin later in the summer. It was also great to see James Whiteaker back in his second competition of the season and winning the mens javelin by almost 4 metres in 71.29m. Other medals were won by Adam Gemili with a silver in the 200m in 20.26 narrowly losing out having led until the final few strides, and Jonathan Ilori continuing his fine form for bronze in the triple jump with a leap of 16.25m.

Shannon Hylton having equalled her pb of 22.92 in the qualifying rounds of the 200m could not hold on to her home straight lead and was out run by three athletes but took a great 4th place with a massive new pb of 22.78, normally good enough to win such an event. Jahisha Thomas back from her US college took 4th in the ladies long jump again with a massive new pb of 6.69m, former club member Lorraine Ugen won with a world leading jump of 7.05m.

There were some great performances in other events none more so that Phil Sesemann who took 6th in a very slow tactical race beating some much faster athletes along the way in the 1500m, and Issie Hilditch took an impresssive 6th in the 100m hurdles having qualified in a fine new 13.69 pb. Diivne Oladipo just back from the US took 4th in the ladies shot and 7th in the discus, Rebecca Hawkins jumped well for 5th in the high jump and Zara Asante took 4th in the triple jump and Sarah Abrams 8th in the long jump with a 6.31m pb. Other notable top 10 performances came from Bekah Walton 7th in the javelin, Joe Ellis 9th in the mens hammer, teenager Alex Botterill 7th in a slow tactical 800m final but rubbing shoulders with the best and Will Fuller took a credible 10th in the 5000m.

YDL Eton
BBHAC scored 799 points with SBH second on 763.5 which was enough to qualify for the YDL finals again. Even though many athletes were unavailable the club still was able to compete and won comfortably with many others stepping up and performing well.

Wins were hard to come by this weekend but in the under 20 mens events Angus Harrington won the 800m A string in a new pb of 1.54.21, Rico Cottell won the 110m hurdles in 14.82, Lewis Mills won the steeplechase while in the field Kelechi Aguocha won the high jump and equalled his 1.95m pb, Ben Hawkes won the shot and threw a massive 65.98m for second in the hammer, while Kieron Sadler won the javelin with 51.08m. In the under 20 womens races there wins over 100m for Parris Johnson, Holly Mpassy took the 200m and also the under 17 girls 300m and newly selected GB junior international Katy Ann McDonald won the 400m in 56.10 for a new pb. Yasmin Austridge won the 800m, Jess Keene took the 3000m, Annie Davies won the 100m hurdles and in the field Mary Adeniji won the long jump and Jade Oni won the triple jump with a new 12.57m pb and took the B string long jump, and Carys Marsden won the hammer.

In the under 17s mens events Ollie Briars won the 400m in 50.12 and Matthew Francis won the 1500m, Oliver Heaney Brufal won the 40om hurdles and Benjamin Gardiner won the 1500m steeplechase. Nana Okwesa won the triple jump and the men won the 4 x 100m relay. In the ladies under 17 events Morgan Squibb won the 800m, Sabrina Mannes won the 1500m with Jess Neal winning the B string, Ruby Bridger won the 80m hurdles, Ellie Barrett won the pole vault with a new pb of 3.40m, and the team won the 4 x 100m relay.

Elsewhere it is noted that Amir Sultan-Edwards ran 22.0 in the under 15 boys 200m open event at Tooting Bec. Although manually timed and won’t count for all time records, it is the same time as the national all time record for under 15 boys and once he runs sub 22 seconds electronically that argument will disappear. A great performance indeed.

This coming weekend sees the men in action in the BAL match at Bedford and the women in action at Grangemouth in the WAL. With the men 2nd and the women currently third, if we can field strong teams we can really push the men for promotion while the ladies can secure their top three position.

Nick Brooks

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