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2018 Essex T&F Champs: Young Athletes

Saturday 12th May (DAY 1)

Jimmy Geller Essex U13 800m Champ 2018 2 smallThe first of the 2 days was cloudy, overcast and rainy, however this didn't stop WGEL from competing well. In the U/13 Boys Jimmy Geller (left) ran a superb 800m with a new PB of 2m 14.87 and a GOLD MEDAL. James Brigstocke-Williams also ran a PB - 2m 25.71sec. Likewise Reuben Fabian: 2m 32.49s PB whilst Nathan Wright ran 2m 31.24s. And Abigail Reid finished the 800m in the U/13 Girls with a PB time of: 2m 34.49s and SILVER.

In the U/15 Girls Miya Maeda finished 6th in the 1500m with: 5m 19.61s, which was a PB. Zahara Malcolm Essex 300m Champ 2018 by Eubert MalcolmSamuel Oshodi did the Long Jump and 300m in the U/15 Boys: 5m 44cm (6th) and 42.65s in the 300m heat for 5th and in the final: 43.14s. In the Hammer Kai Wright performed exceptionally well finishing with a PB: 42m 45cm and SILVER medal, while Luke Finch threw well with a PB distance of: 28m 29cm (7th). Matthew Adum Yeboa ran the 100m heat in 12.00s for 3rd and then the final slightly faster in: 11.87s for 6th. Zahara Malcolm (right) rounded the U/15 off with a PB and GOLD in the 300m with a time of: 42.10s.

The U/17's had a good group of talented athletes taking part. In the U/17 Women, Wren Mclean-Jackson took on the 1500m and ran: 5m 13.86s for 6th. Nicole Alves was on good form in the 300m, running: 42.47s for 1st in the heat and a PB of : 42.05s for 2nd place and SILVER in the final. Joe Geller Essex U17 1500m Champ 2018 smallJoseph Geller (left) also produced a fine time in the 1500m for 1st place GOLD and a PB: 4m 08.03s. whilst in the same race Rhys Edwards also notched a PB: 4m 30.59s. The Hammer was full of quality for Woodford, three outstanding athletes. A new PB and 1st place GOLD for Andreaa Golban: 51m 96s, Simbiyat Sikiru PB: 47m 35cm and 2nd place SILVER, with Victoria Cuthbert throwing: 40m 35cm and 4th.

Lastly it was the turn of the U/20s. Charlie Reid putt the shot a distance of: 10m 66cm and 2nd place SILVER. Sam Barker ran the 100m in a time of: 12.73s, whilst Joey O'Neill ran: 11.65s in the heat along with: Olaoluwa Ogunade: 12.02s. Samanta Bendaraviciute ran the 400m finishing in a time of: 1m 06.10s for 6th place.

Sunday 13th May (Day 2)

Day 2 was a drier and brighter day with even more outstanding performances and PB's. In the U/13's Jimmy Geller continued where he left off yesterday with a PB in the 1500m coming home 2nd (SILVER) in: 4m 39.39s. James Brigstocke-Williams (5th): 4m 55.96s PB; Reuben Fabian finished 7th in: 5m 06.61s, and Nathan Wright was 9th in 5m 09.07s.Millie Webster Essex Girls Javelin Silver 2018 small Kezia Beeton was in fine form with a PB in the 1500 U/13 Girls: 5m 16.96 and 3rd place BRONZE, whilst Abigail Reid ran: 5m 17.88 (4th) and Larna Morgan: 5m 48.92 (8th). In the Girls' Javelin, Millie Webster (right) threw a good PB: 26m 55cm which was good enough for SILVER.

The U/15's had Aiden Fernando (left) running the 200m and, following nearly 2 weeks lay-off, he ran well in his heat to qualify joint 3rd fastest. Aiden Fernando Essex U15 200m bronze 2018 smallIn the final he produced and ran a lovely PB in: 24.2s and won a BRONZE medal. Jacob Hardy ran the longer distance of 3000m to finish with: 10m 31.81s and a SILVER, whilst Zahara Malcolm came back for more, this time in the 800m, qualifying in her heat with: 2m 27.63 and then coming home in 2nd place for a SILVER in a PB: 2m.19.77s.

In the U/17 Men, Sidnie Ward ran a solid race for the heats of the 800m qualifying in: 2m 02.06 and Thomas Adolphus ran a PB: 2m 03.77 (4th), and also qualified for the final. In this Sidnie finished 6th: 2m 03.15 and Thomas: 2m 10.31 (8th). Reece Barton ran the 200m heat in: 25.01s to finish 6th. Joseph Geller produced another good run in the 3000m, coming home 1st for GOLD in 9m 31.15s whilst Kai Boggon, who was a little under par due to not being race-fit, still finished just outside the medals in 4th with: 9m 43.36s. Wren Mclean-Jackson competed in the U/17 women's 3000m and recorded a PB: 11m 20.19s for 7th.

In the U/20's Samantha Bendaraviciute and Karina Hope-Bruce (below) ran the 200m. Samanta ran: 28.06s in her heat and Karina: 26.69s to both qualify for the final. In the final Karina produced a fantastic time coming home in 3rd for BRONZE in a PB of: 26.15s, whilst Samanta ran: 27.73s for 8th place. Karina Hope-Bruce Essex U20 200m smallLastly, Uche Egbon ran his straight final of the 200m coming home in: 23.08s and 5th, whilst Sam Barker ran the 200m as well.

As you can see, there were some really outstanding performances from all age groups, many PB's and medals across the board. Still early in the season, must surely be very promising for the remainder of the season. Lastly a big shout goes out to Kieran Allgood of the U/17 Men. Although not competing due to a slight injury he made both days, on one of them making his own way there to give his moral support and any help and assistance where possible, this truly is CLUB SPIRIT at its best.