11 July 2018
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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
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.
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.
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
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