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

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.



WGEL v Belgrave Harriers virtual match

Nearly 70 young athletes supported two great clubs with much history over many decades in the past.


In the Under 13 girls this was headed by junior schools international Abigail Reid, posting out a fine solo run of 8 minutes 58 secs for the 2.5k at Mile End. Amana Oguntuga, who has stepped up her running training whilst in lockdown in the absence of her football, posted an excellent 9 mins 22secs. In this age group we had a huge turnout bolstered by many of our Under 11s supporting this event as the minimum age was 10. Jasmine Hall, another missing her swimming, ran an impressive 10 mins 15 secs, tearing up the fields at Church Langley. Even Rebecca Wright, much more a thrower/hurdler/jumper, gave it a go. Another notable effort was year 5 girl Faye Owers, who produced an excellent 10 mins 16 secs.

Meisha Trend-Evans virtual solo

Meisha Trend-Evans at High Wych, near Sawbridgeworth

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