Close second at home in SAL 3

Woodford finished second in the third SAL fixture of the year at Woodford on Saturday 14 August, albeit as the score was lower than the previous home match it will not alter the overall league position. Havering came through late to win the day, provisionally on 343.0 points, but remain 0.3 behind WGEL overall. The two teams finished well clear of Thurrock, with Ilford fourth ahead of Newham and Essex Beagles.

Photos (Alex Wardle)

Among a number of high quality performances, Yemi Mary John’s 24.37 200m was faster than the division record in the club’s usual division. U17 Shona Vincent, in 12.10m and Kyra Boyce in 57.69 were almost as dominant in the 100 and 400m respectively. Joanne Ryan was next quickest in taking the B 100 and 200 with 12.52 and a season’s best 25.46 respectively. Louise Gilbert ran a strong 800m, achieving a 1 second PB of 2:14.6 and finishing a close second to the second fastest time in the league this year. U17 Kezia Beeton was next to finish, almost matching her PB set at the first SAL of the year with 2:19.6. Anna Clark rounded out the individual women’s winners on the track with 4:40.21 in the 1500m.

National Athletics League - Round Three

The 3rd round of this season’s hybrid NAL format was held at Woodford on Sunday. The hosting of the fixture at Woodford was notable because although as a founding member of the original NAL and subsequently ever present in both the BAL and UKWL the Club has regularly hosted both BAL and UKWL fixtures at this level, not since the late 1980's has the Club been able to host at its home track, instead having to use neighbouring facilities such as Copthall, New River Haringey and Lee Valley. The addition of a new, albeit small stand at Woodford enabled the Club on this occasion to again host at its own venue.

The weather although certainly blustery stayed mainly dry during the meeting, rather better than had been expected. As in the previous two meetings all teams' athletes were both a mixture of some of their best supported by many younger and less experienced athletes. That was certainly the case for the Woodford team where performances included “A” string wins on the men’s side for internationals Cameron Fillery and Youcef Zatat and from the women Anna Clark and Louise Gilbert, together with several personal bests for others. From a team perspective Woodford placed second on the day to winners Harrow, ahead of SBH and NEB. The divisional League position from amongst the 16 Clubs that make up the Premiership remains unclear with outstanding errors from the NAL scoring system still not corrected. If corrected it seems as if Woodford would probably be 4th in that table.


Photos (Alex Wardle)

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Alex Hancock javelin

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