The U/13 Girls (above) started in the 1st of 2 heats and with good support from team manager Phoebe Fuhr they were able to finish 4th and progress to the final as a fastest loser. In the final, they were not put off by this and they did extremely well, coming home to clinch a 3rd place bronze medal, which was fantastic (Kirsten Pacey, Tiya Canning, Ashleigh Simmonds & Kezia Beeton).
In the U/15 Girls team, even though there was a last minute change to the team due to injury, the girls ran in the 1st of 2 heats and finished 3rd to qualify for the final. With a short time to practise their baton-passing technique, they took to the final and gave it their all. Unfortunately they were unable to claim a medal, finishing 5th. (Charlotte Seaton, Amyrah Adeleye, Levania Ugonna Mba, Zahara Malcolm).
The U/13 Boys were amazing. 3 of the team are middle distance runners and had their 3 x 800m race later, so they did very well. The heat had them finish 4th, which qualified them for the final, and in that they were so unlucky to miss out on a medal by finishing 4th (Jimmy Geller, Kayode Alaba, James Brigstocke-Williams & Eden McNicholas).
Jimmy & James were joined by Nathan Wright in the 3x800m relay and led from start to finish, with tired legs as well, what an impressive GOLD to win (photo above)!
The U/15 Boys 4x100m was a straight final and again, like the girls, the team was changed in the last few days leading up to the competition. However, they still produced a fine run and powered their way to a 2nd place SILVER medal with an unconfirmed time of 46.96secs, which is a fantastic time and ranks this as one of the best performances by a WGEL U/15 Boys team in many years (photo above) (Aiden Fernando, Samuel Oshodi, Ettien Miller & Merveilles Massembo).
The U/17 Men ran a good race, but unfortunately the change-overs let them down and they were always playing catch up, so to still finish 5th was a respectable position considering.
The last team were the U/20 Women who, although had a mix-up with the last changeover, came away with a GOLD medal (photo above) (Rebecca Fafowora, Temi Olusesan, Rhianna Buaku & Denesha Rocastle).
Eastern County Championships
At Peterborough on Saturday we had 4 athletes taking part in this meeting. U/20 Man Grantas Mockaitis is continuing to improve on his discus throwing, and he came 3rd with a PB of 37m 59cm. In the U/15 Boys Samuel Oshodi, Aiden Fernando & Merveilles Massembo, buoyant from the previous day's silver medals in the Essex 4x100m, took part in various events. Aiden claimed GOLD in the 200m with 23.70sec; Merveilles also won GOLD in the 100m with 11.76sec; whilst Samuel Oshodi won 2 SILVER medals with 5m 75cm in the Long Jump & 39.64cm in the 300m. (Photos by Aiden Fernando)