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Several Woodford athletes were on representative duty at Loughborough for the early season Loughborough International match, which features Loughborough University against teams from British Universities, England, Scotland, Wales and Great Britain U/20's. Performances were led by personal bests from Youcef Zatat, Jack Lawrie, Phil Norman and Adam Kirk-Smith. There were other good performances and also news from overseas.

Youcef Zatat's personal best came in the shot where, representing British Universities, he placed 2nd, and recorded his best ever of 18.34m. Jack Lawrie's best came in the 400mH where, representing Scotland, he improved his own Woodford "domestic" Club record with a time of 50.70 secs for 3rd. The other two p.b.'s  both came in the 3000m steeplechase where Phil Norman, representing England, and who recently set his best ever in the BAL at Sheffield, front ran, and improved significantly again to record 8m42.09 secs which was also a Woodford "domestic" Club record, beating Colin Moxsom's best, set in 1973. Phil got the better of Adam Kirk-Smith who, in 3rd, also improved his recent Sheffield mark with a new personal best of 8m46.26 secs. Also in action on the track was Canaan Solomon, running for the GB Junior team, where he was 4th with 1m49.50 secs. In the women's 400mH, representing Scotland, Anna Nelson was 6th with 61.60 secs. Over 1500m Chloe Bradley recorded 4m35.95 secs, and in the men's guest race Andrew Mariani a season's best of 3m54.26 secs.

In the field, Mark Dry returned to action after hip surgery during the winter and, representing Loughborough, he won the hammer with 71.73m. Andy Frost, representing Scotland, was 9th with 60.95m. In the women's hammer another Scotland Commonwealth Games hopeful, HCA member Myra Perkins, was 2nd with 62.54m. In the long jump Ezekiel Ewulo competed as a guest and recorded 7.37m (+0.4). 

In Kawasaki, Japan, at the World Challenge meeting, sisters Tiffany Porter and Cindy Ofili competed over 100mH. Tiffany got the better of Cindy as she placed 2nd with 13.00 secs (0.0) with Cindy 3rd with 13.08 secs (0.0).