Over the weekend, several Woodford athletes were in action in Birmingham at the British Championships, which also served as selection trials for the European Championships to be held in Berlin in August. Performances were led by Daniel Rowden and Youcef Zatat who each placed second and Mark Dry who was third whilst many others performed well.
Daniel Rowden’s silver medal came over 800m, a race in which both he and training partner Canaan Solomon qualified from the heats – where Canaan had ensured that their final heat (which Daniel won) was quick enough for Canaan to qualify as a fastest loser. The final was very tactical with the bell reached in almost 57 secs, Daniel just lost out for the win (photo above by Mark Hookway) to reigning British Champion Elliott Giles, but nevertheless in placing a close second in 1m50.37 secs, and having already achieved the qualifying mark, he is guaranteed selection for Berlin. (photo right on the podium by Paul Rowden) Canaan also acquitted himself well to place 6thin 1m50.90 secs.
Youcef Zatat’s silver medal came in the shot, where his put of 18.01m placed him second. Mark Dry’s bronze was in the hammer where he reached 71.40m. In the women’s hammer Lucy Marshall placed 8th with 58.43m.
On the track, over 110mH Cameron Fillery just missed out on a medal when placing 4th in the final equalling his personal best into a very strong headwind as he recorded 14.08 secs (-2.5). In the women’s 100mH Gabriella Ade-Onjobi just missed a place in the final, but did record a personal best of 13.84 secs (-0.6). Also performing well over the hurdles was Jack Lawrie over 400m where he finished 5th in the final and despite hitting the 9th hurdle heavily he finished strongly to record a season’s best of 50.97 secs. In the heats, HCA member Declan Gall recorded 53.73 secs and George Vaughan 56.49 secs. In the women’s equivalent Anna Nelson was unlucky not to make it through to the final after placing 2nd in her heat with 59.35 secs as she just lost out on a fastest loser’s place.
In a good and close 30000m s/ch Phil Norman (photo above by Mark Hookway) lost out over the final couple of laps and finished 6th with 8m50.19 secs, whilst in the triple jump Lawrence Davis placed a good 7th with 15.78m (-1.5), and Will Grimsey was 8th in the high jump with 2.08m In the heats of the sprint events, Chris Stone recorded 10.99 secs (-1.8) and 21.58 secs (-0.4). HCA member Revee Walcott-Nolan progressed to the 800m final where she finished 6th with 2m04.85 secs, and another HCA member Jo Ryan competed in the heats of the 200m and 400m recording 24.98 secs (-0.3) and 59.95 secs.