A hot, sunny July day brought out no fewer than 90 young athletes from WG&EL as our team was involved in a three-way tussle with Chelmsford and Basildon. Unfortunately for us, we placed 3rd, not that far behind winners Basildon, which leaves us 12th in the league with two matches to go.
Under 13 girls
A much improved performance from this age group saw us score 90 points, 8 points behind Chelmsford in 3rd place.
Our county bronze medal-winning team of Zahara Malcolm, Shona Vincent, Tiya Canning and Emily Scofield covered no fewer than 12 events between them plus the relay, which they won with ease. Charlotte Seaton also did three events, a real credit to her.
Tiya had an excellent win in the A string 100m, and Zahara led the 800 from gun to tape. Zahara also won the B string shot, while Shona won the B string discus. Charlotte Seaton had another excellent run in the 70mH, with a good 2nd in the A string.
Millie Webster also scored an excellent overall win in the javelin.
Under 15 girls
Our girls were 4th in this age group. Nicole Alves, very reliable, scored an excellent overall victory in the 200m. Wren Jackson's first outing over 800m produced an excellent performance of 2nd overall. Mary John won the High Jump, and Simbiyat Sikiru, another good club athlete, was 1st in the Shot Putt and 2nd in the Hammer. Agnes Kissi was 1st in the B string Shot Putt.
Under 17 Women
We put another excellent performance in this age group, finishing 2nd.
Louise Gilbert, another excellent club athlete, doubled up over 800m and 1500m to gain more points for the club. Louise was excellent and produced two fine 2nd spots, just giving way to a very good Basildon runner in both races. Larrisa Anipa was 1st in the B string High Jump whilst Ademiloa Olugbode and Rebecca Falowora produced fine performances to win the A and B string Triple Jump. Andrea Golban, heading off to her 3rd English Schools this weekend, was 2nd in the A string Hammer.
Under 13 boys
Our boys were 3rd with 105 points, just 8 points behind Herts Phoenix.
Kaidan Chambers was again triumphant over 100m and 200m. And Jimmy Geller was another to lead gun to tape over 800m. The 1500m gave us good points with Alessandro Berni 2nd in the A string with Maxwell Chinn winning the B string. Luke Finch was 1st in the B string Shot Putt.
The most exciting race was the 4 x 100m relay, with our county gold medalists Jimmy Geller, Jay Russell, Ettien Miller and Kaidan Chambers just holding off a good challenge from Herts Phoenix.
Under 15 boys
The boys from this age group put up another good performance with 96 points for 3rd place.
Sidnie Ward, another off to the English Schools this weekend, gave notice to his rivals that his leg speed is in good shape by taking off 2 seconds off his PB with a win in the B string 300m. Joba Ashiru was 2nd in the A string High Jump.
Under 17 men
Our lads again performed well with a 2nd place showing with 132 points.
In the 200m Zak Islam-Moore won the A string with Joey O’Neil winning the B string. Joe Geller led most of the way in the 800m just to be edged out into 2nd place, running an excellent time of 2mins 2secs. Charlie Reid was 2nd in the A string Shot Putt. Rhys Martin had yet another win in the Hammer, whilst Grantas Mockaitis won the Discus. The 4 x 100m relay team also secured an excellent win.
A BBQ was laid on at this, our home match, and all the athletes, parents and coaches enjoyed the excellent atmosphere. I must hugely thank and praise all our Team Managers who put in many hours assembling our teams. A big thank you, too, to our hard-working officials.
We now go into our final two matches in 12th spot hoping to finally place in the top 12 for a Plate Final at Thurrock on 3rd September.
The following Under 13 athletes must be congratulated on receiving Essex County call-ups for the Southern Inter Counties match at Kingsmeadow Stadium on Saturday 29th July: Kaidan Chambers, Jimmy Geller, James Brigstocke-Williams, Zahara Malcolm and Charlotte Seaton.
At Chelmsford on Wednesday, Jacob Hardy was crowned Year 7 Essex Schools 1500m Champion in a time of 4mins 50secs.