England U/20 & U/23 Champs and other T&F News.

At the England Athletics Championships in Bedford over the weekend, which also counted as Trials for the GB & N.I. Trials for the European U/20 and U/23 Championships, results from Woodford athletes were led by Cameron Fillery who successfully defended his U/23 110mH title. Amongst other Woodford performances there were medals for Ellen McCartney and Canaan Solomon.

In a close encounter in the Final of the U/23 110mH which was run into a strong headwind Cameron Fillery had a fine win to retain his title by 0.06 secs, with a time of 13.96 secs (-1.9), having qualified from his heat with 14.20 secs (-2.1). Cameron went into the Championships equal fastest (13.68 secs) with Tade Ojora who placed 2ndat Bedford, so having already achieved the qualifying standard (13.90 secs) he will be guaranteed a place on the team for those U/23 European Championships in Gavle Sweden next month. Ellen McCartney claimed a silver medal with her 2ndplace in the women’s U/23 Pole Vault equalling her personal best of 4.00m, and in the men’s U/23 800m Canaan Solomon finishing fast moved  up to 3rd in the final straight and took bronze as he did in these Championships last season. In the women’s equivalent, which was run as a straight final and at an erratic pace ( 200m 30 secs, 400m 66 secs), Anna Clark did well to finish 5threcording 2m11.98 secs. Over 400m and also 5th in the U/23 age group Ellis Greatrex was close to his best ever as he ran a strong second 200m from the inside lane to record 47.20 secs. First year U/20, 17 year old Andrew Robinson, at school in the U.S. but a British citizen competed in these championships for the first time, and just lost out on making a place in the 100m final as the ninth fastest athlete. He recorded 10.96 secs (-1.9) for 2ndi n his heat and then 10.89 secs (-0.8) for 4thin his semi. The next day he also clocked 22.07 secs (+0.1) in his heat of the 200m. Long-jumper and HCA member Callum Henderson and despite a couple of significant no-jumps was unable to repeat his title win of last year as he placed 7thin a good competition with 7.10m (+1.8). George Vaughan raced in the straight final of the U/23 400mH but did not finish.

Several others had also been in action over the previous week or so, where in Geneva, Jack Lawrie recorded a slightly below par 51.28 secs over 400mH before improving to 50.86 secs on Saturday at Nivelles, Belgium. Also in Geneva and in the high jump Will Grimsey cleared 2.10m and HCA member Moe Sasegobon 1.79m, with Ellen McCartney clearing 3.80 in the PV, and Sam Khogali 7.44m (+0.4) in the long jump.

Phil Norman who was so close to the World Championship qualifying mark of 8m29.0 secs, with his 8m29.37secs in Belgium last month, went to Slovakia in search of the time again, but having missed significant training after picking up an injury in that Belgium race was not at his very best and recorded 8m40.11 secs. Olumide Isaac raced at Newham and recorded a personal best over 100m of 10.67 secs (+0.6), after a windy first round mark of 10.57 secs (+3.7). At the LICC meeting Chris Linque competed in the discus and recorded 44.95m and in Kingston Jamaica, Cindy Ofili recorded a season’s best of 13.06 secs to consolidate her place at the top of the UK rankings. Ewan Dyer who had recorded a p.b. at the recent BAL at Copthall went better at the BMC meeting at Loughborough, where he improved again 50 1m51.64 secs, and followed that up with a 1m51.97 secs at Stretford.


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