A number of Woodford athletes competed last weekend in two of the very limited competitions available to UK athletes under the COVID secure protocols. Those competitions were At Lee Valley where a number of young sprinters competed and there was a good TJ performance from Shanara Hibbert. Several others competed at Nuneaton and there was news of good form from the Ofili sisters competing in the U.S.
At Lee Valley on Sunday a number of U/20’s had their first competition of the season over 100m. Fastest of the men was Matthew Adum-Yeboah who clocked 11.11 (-0.8), Tolani Alaba recorded 11.17 (-0.8) and Akwasi Banahen recorded 11.62 secs (-0.8). In the women’s U/20 100m Mary John recorded 12.79 secs (-0.3), Nicole Alves a p.b. of 12.99 secs whilst U/23 Eloise Lewis also recorded 12.99 secs (+0.1). Over 400m Anna Nelson placed 2nd in her race with 57.86 secs ahead of Anna Clark who was 3rd with 58.49 secs. Coach and a V40 athlete Alan James recorded 12.79 secs (-0.3) in his 100m race.
The previous day saw U/17's and U/15's in action. Amongst the U/17's Shona Vincent raced over 100m and recorded 12.68 secs (-1.1), and Charlotte Seaton 13.16 secs (w?) as did Dylan Styles and Roshuan Edwards in the Boys races recording a p.b of 12.21 secs (-0.7) and 12 31 secs (+0.2) respectively. U/15's Kezia Beeton and Maia Fisher recorded 45.64 secs and 45.98 secs respectively over 300m and U/17 Zahara Malcolm was timed at 42 88 secs in winning her race.
In the field, Hugh Williams competed in the shot where he reached 11.67m as did Chiara Okereke in the women’s event with 10.97m. In a mixed TJ competition Shanara Hibbert was just 1cm shy of her p.b. from the indoor season when as the highest placed female athlete she recorded 13.02m confirming her current 2nd place on the UK rankings.
At Nuneaton Ellis Greatrex recorded a good win and a season's best over 400m with 47.27 secs, and also placed 2nd over 200m in a windy 21.63 (+4.6). Cameron Fillery raced over 110mH for the first time this season and was 2nd with a 13.80 secs w (+2.4). Sam Khogali was in long jump action and recorded a windy 7.28m (+5.2) and it was pleasing to see decathlete Howard Bell back in action and in decent form as he placed 2nd in his 110mH race with 15.40 secs (0.0) and recorded a p.b. in the JT with 49.30m.
At Hull, Lucy Marshall improved her season's best in the hammer with 59.48m
In the U.S. at Marietta GA, Cindi Ofili got the better of sister Tiffany Porter winning over 100mH with 12.88 secs (+1.5) ahead of Tiffany’s 12.98 secs (+1.5) , The previous weekend Tiffany was a little faster and recorded 12.92 secs (+1.3) and a windy 12.74 secs (+3.0) at Claremont, Florida. Cindi and Tiffany currently rank numbers one and two on this year’s limited UK ranking lists.