The club finished second in a home fixture featuring 6 Essex clubs which saw notably more depth than is normal in the SAL. Early league leaders Orion won the match, while WGEL narrowly edged out Colchester&Tendring. Braintree&District, Newham&Essex Beagles and Ilford followed, with athletes from all clubs taking victories in an intriguing match.
The match began with success in a high quality hammer for Lucy Marshall (61.33) and Stephanie Howe (47.32 PB), however in contrast to the first match (where WGEL won the first 11 A string events) wins were hard to come by subsequently. Our highest points scorer was Iris Verweij (20 in 6 individual events) who won the 100h in our only other womens A string success. B string wins came from Katie Skelding in the 100 (12.62, alongside 200 A 2nd in 26.16) and U17 Samanta Bendaraviciute in her 400m debut (66.41).
Our first double on the mens side saw a tied result from U17 Joey O’Neill and Dan Botnari, in a welcome return to competition, with 1.70 in the HJ. Chris Linque narrowly beat Devon Douglas to the A string victory in the DT (45.77 to 45.14). Adrian Stamp won the LJ (6.58) having been edged out in the 100, and anchored the 4x100 squad to success (with Ola Ogunade, Jos Farquharson and Joey O’Neill). B string winners were Jos Farqhuarson in the 100 (and a narrow 2nd in the A 200) and Dan Botnari in the TJ. Several athletes were A string runners-up in what would normally be clear winning performances in this division, such as Darren Southcott in the 1500 (4:13.68), Devon Douglas in the SP (11.93) and Peter Clarke in the HT (55.60).
Overall a good performance from a team weakened by exams, in which all those competing played their part. Without the efforts of all those present, including officials, WGEL would have not finished high enough to stay in contention for promotion. As it is the team remains well in touch to achieve a top 3 finish, provided athletes are able to travel for the more distant 3 remaining fixtures, starting with Bury St. Edmunds on Saturday 17 June.