Test events

Woodford athletes took part in a handful of test events held over the weekend, which were primarily held to test protocols to allow a safe return to competition in the current Covid environment.

Three of  Woodford’s throws athletes took part in a competition held at Copthall (Allianz) stadium on Saturday. Events were held in two pools of six for each of the four throws events. Woodford had two athletes in the women’s hammer event where the pools were mixed with Lucy Marshall being the best placed female athlete with a distance of 57.02m. Also competing was Simbiyat Sikiru, now a first year U/20 Simbiyat threw a personal best with the 4kg implement of 45.61m. In the men’s shot Hugh Williams recorded a distance of 12.15m.

On the track at Nuneaton on Sunday, hurdles specialist Cameron Fillery recorded a personal best over 100m with a time of 10.86 secs (+1.4), whilst in a slightly windy (+2.1) separate heat Ellis Gretrex recorded 11.06 secs w and Ollie Cresswell 11.41 secs w. Ellis also ran in his specialist event 400m where he recorded a decent 47.46 secs. Competing in the hammer, Lucy Marshall improved on her mark from the previous day at Copthall with 58.21m whilst at Hull on Saturday Craig Charlton won the Shot with a personal best mark of 16.70m, a significant improvement on his prior best of 15.63m for the former bob-sledder. This ranks him 3rd in this year's (Covid affected) UK ranking lists.

There was also news from Germany where athletics competition seems to have returned in more normal conditions with Jordan Donnelly opening his season with decent marks over both 800m (1m54.3 secs) and 3000m (8m40.3 secs) in separate meetings in Regensburg

Open Graded Meetings: update

For an update, please see the Open Graded Meetings tab

National Athletics League Update

The NAL had hoped to promote some form of Club Competition across the weekend of Aug 1st/2nd. However UKA who have been in discussion with the Government as to the possibility of a safe start and the permissible format of  inter-club activity have not yet received the appropriate government guidance. Consequently the NAL have now cancelled any planned fixtures for that weekend. The next earliest date for any potential NAL sponsored competition will be August 15th.

Denesha wins Virtual TJ comp

As the Woodford track reopened but with landing pits still out of action, Denesha Rocastle managed to win the Neuff Virtual Standing Triple Jump for U20 women. In her first series of attempts she exceeded distances achieved by any woman in the first two weeks of the competition, ending with 7.73m, but this left her second U20W of the week. She improved the following week but until her final effort was still 1cm behind the U20 leader, at 7.89. Her final attempt of 7.97m was second overall in the women’s competition, which had over 100 entries from 6 different countries, just 1cm behind the senior winner who was from Australia.



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