Trio shine at English Schools

Over the last weekend 12/13th July in Birmingham it was the annual English Schools Track & Field Championships, which host the best of the athletes from all over the place - talent is definitely there to see. Woodford Green with Essex Ladies had a trio of athletes that were selected by their relevant counties to take on the rest, and they certainly didn't disappoint. For the boys, Ben Sloan (IB) was taking part in the 3000m and he was very impressive, coming home in an excellent 6th place in a PB of 8m 57.70s, which ranks him 18th in the country. Precious Hamilton did the discus for the (SG) and was also very good with a throw of 36m 37cm. This is not her best throw but she is currently ranked 14th in the country. Last but by no means least, there was Simbiyat Sikiru (IG) who was competing in the hammer. Simbi has an unbelievable talent in this event and this was clear to see when she threw a massive PB in the event with 54m 10cm and was so unfortunate to miss out on a medal by only 8cm. But still, 4th in a massive achievement, and she is currently ranked 5th in the country for the 3kg hammer. A WELL DONE has to go out to them all for their efforts.

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Ben Sloan in action during the last winter season

Euro U/23 bronze for Cameron Fillery

Representing GB&NI at the European U/23 Championships in Gavle, Sweden, Cameron Fillery placed 3rd to claim a bronze medal. His time of 13.64 secs (+1.4), was a fraction slower than the new personal best of 13.60 secs (0.0) he set when winning his semi-final. GB's men's 4x400m team placed 2nd in the final, and Ellis Greatrex, although not on the team for that final, ran 3rd leg on the team that won the semi-final to qualify.

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Cameron in British League action

At the World University Games in Venice, Will Grimsey progressed to the high jump final where he was close to his best ever with a clearance of 2.18m to place 6th. Sadly, Sam Khogali did not start the long jump qualification competition.

SAL 4: Home win eases relegation risk

Victory in the home SAL match on Saturday 13 July took Woodford to safety in division 2 from having been in the relegation zone. This was the second win of an up and down season and was against the 2nd, 3rd and 4th placed teams going into the match. Provisionally WGEL finished 4 points clear of Basildon, with Havering 3rd and the Ipswich/Colchester& Tendring combined team last despite not having a single gap. Fixture clashes weakened all the teams and while the promotion chasing clubs all strove hard to cement their positions, Woodford dominated by event wins.

Provisional results

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

Emmaline Okafor SAL July 2019

Emmaline Okafor: B string wins in shot and discus

U/17 4X100m team power their way to club record

U17 men 4x100m Essex Gold

U17 Men's 4x100m team: A new club record

On Friday 28th June Chelmsford AC hosted the annual track relays, and WGEL collected numerous medals including a phenomenal 4x100m race by the U/17 men's team who collected GOLD and the CLUB RECORD. In the heat they came 1st with: 42.80s and then broke the CR in the final with a time of: 42.46s, which ranks them No.1 in the country, simply outstanding performance, the team (Sikiru Onigbanjo, Tolani Alaba, Joba Ashiru, Merveilles Massembo).

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