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EYAL Match 2: We finish 3rd

A dry but windy day greeted our athletes for this second fixture of five. Despite being without many of the older athletes due to exams and some still away due to half term, Woodford gained a useful 3rd place from seven clubs with 615 points. This leaves us 11th in the table from 28 clubs and on course for our 2nd plate final in September.

One athlete who deserves special praise is Under 15 Cambridgeshire County 3000m champion Kai Boggon. In the morning Kai secured an excellent win in the East Region Triathlon, putting him through to the Nationals. Only a few hours later he lined up for the 1500 metres. A great club athlete!

Under 13 Girls

The girls were 5th with 70 points. Zahara Malcolm disposed of the 800m field in typical Steve Ovett style. Kicking hard with 200m to go, Zahara won comfortably by 25m but no wave to the crowd). She went on to win the A string 200m and nabbed a 2nd in the B string Shot Putt. Shona Vincent, the Essex County 60m champion, scored an excellent win in the High Jump with a PB of 1m30, and was 2nd in the A string Shot Putt. Millie Webster, a year 6 athlete, was 3rd in the A string Javelin. The relay team, with two of their best runners unavailable, closed down fast in the latter stages to get 3rd - another 5 metres and they would have won.

Under 15 Girls

The girls were 5th with 90 points. Amyrah Adeleye was impressive throughout - 1st in the B string 100m and 200m, and 2nd in the A string 300m. Agnus Kissi was 1st in the B string Shot Putt. Although not many PBs were set, this was not the case for new member Ellen Savidge, who took a massive 23 seconds off her 1500m time for a 3rd in the B string. The relay team picked up useful points with 3rd place.

Under 17 Women

This team did really well with 83 points for 3rd. Louise Gilbert, so reliable, had a good battle with Thurrock's Hayley Instance to 600m before settling for 2nd place. Another so reliable athlete, Andrea Golban, won the Hammer, with Victoria Cuthbert taking the B string Javelin.

Under 13 Boys

We proved again to be very strong in this age group with yet another victory, winning with 118 points. Kaiden Chambers is a fine athlete indeed, and he proved that again with two excellent victories in the 100m and 200m and 1st in the B string Long Jump.

Ettien Miller was also excellent, securing wins in the B string 100m and 200m. And 2nd in the string High Jump. In the 1500m Jimmy Geller, known as”Turbo”, currently ranked 1st in the UK for Under 12s, found himself up against Isaac Morris, also a highly promising athlete. In a two-way tussle, Morris just scraped home ahead of our lad despite Jimmy closing him down fast at the end. Alessandro Berni was 1st in the B string 1500m. Kian Steward won the B string High Jump and the boys stormed to victory in the relay.

Under 15 Boys

The boys were 2nd with 122 points. Sidnie Ward, the Essex County 800m champion, warmed up for the Essex Schools with an excellent overall victory in the 300m, running 40.9 in the outside lane. Reece Barton was another to shine with a 1st in the B string 100m and 2nd in the A string 200m. Aidan Fernando was 1st in the B string 200m. The middle distance events were covered well including an excellent PB for Rhys Edwards as he won the B string 800m. In the field, Joba Ashiru was 1st in the B string High Jump after earlier having won the B string 80mH. Cem Guller won the B string Javelin. The relay team were just edged out of 1st place by Nene Valley.

Under 17 Men

The Men were 2nd, which was a fine performance. Joey O’Neil was 2nd in the A string 100m and won the B string 200m. Zan Islam Moore took 2nd in the A string 200m and 1st in the B string 400m. Praise must go to Under 15 athletes Ben and Sam Sloan for yet again stepping up an age group to help the club. Sam won the B string Triple Jump. Hayden and Todd Maleary were two others who stepped outside their comfort zone to ensure extra points for the club. The boys were 3rd in the relay.

I must thank the officials team who gave up hours of unpaid time to ensure extra points for the club, including our new Club President who was timekeeping and keen to see how the young athletes got on.

The parents who transported the athletes to the stadium must also be thanked, and the athletes themselves provided an excellent atmosphere cheering on their counterparts.

Our next match, on the 2nd July, is our home fixture where the club will be hoping for a win, but we face Essex rivals Basildon and Chelmsford and also welcome our neighbours Harlow Athletic Club.