BAL Premiership 2019 - Second Round

Woodford’s men’s team finished a frustrating 5th in the second-round fixture at Allianz Park (Copthall) on Sunday. Newham produced a strong performance to win with 362 points, from first-round winners Birchfield on 312, Shaftesbury 291, Harrow 283, Woodford 274, Sheffield 250, Cardiff 209 and Blackheath 207. That leaves the League tables at the half way stage, with Newham and Birchfield each on 15, Harrow and Shaftesbury on 11, Woodford in 5th on 8, Cardiff on 5, Sheffield 4 and Blackheath on 3. There were a number of fine Woodford performances, which included double wins in the high jump, long jump and javelin, a 400mH win for Jack Lawrie, and personal bests for Ewan Dyer and Youcef Zatat. Frustration came with a technically correct (but seemingly very unjust) disqualification in the steeplechase, without which Woodford would have placed 4th on the day.


Photos (by Alex Wardle) 

Sam Khogali June 2019

Sam Khogali: long jump victor

YDL upper 2: 3rd in tight match

A competitive 2nd YDL upper age group fixture at Sutcliffe Park, Eltham, on Sunday 26 May eventually saw Woodford placed 3rd. Four different teams led through the course of the day, but the combined Basildon Beagles team pulled away late on to win their 2nd successive fixture. The next 3 teams remained close, at the end of the match WGEL were placed 4th but were moved up to 3rd after initial results scrutiny, just behind Tonbridge and ahead of the composite Team ATIP with hosts Cambridge Harriers a distant fifth.


Matthew Adum-Yeboah portrait

Matthew Adum-Yeboah: dominated the U20 sprints

Further T & F News

In addition to Phil Norman’s steeplechase p.b. (reported on elsewhere), there were other Woodford athletes in action in Oordegem, where there were season’s bests for Jack Lawrie and Anna Nelson, whilst several were in action elsewhere.

Jack Lawrie by A Wardle 1

Jack Lawrie: season's best

Phil Norman smashes club chase record

Phil Norman took another significant chunk off his own club steeplechase record on Saturday evening in Belgium when he clocked 8:29.37secs in the International Flanders meeting. The qualifying standard for October's World Championships is 8:29.00 so, somewhat frustratingly, he was 0.37secs short. However, the season is still young and he has until early September to make the standard.

Phil Norman Flanders 829 2019

Phil sets the pace in Belgium 

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