England indoor age group championships

The Woodford highlight at the England Athletics Indoor Age Group Championships was a bronze medal from Danny Raymond in the U17 men’s 800m, while Shona Vincent achieved a notable PB in the U17 women’s 60m.

Danny Raymond by Tina Raymond bronze 2020

Danny Raymond: an impressively quick finish (pic Tina Raymond)

Phil Norman runs fast road 5K

Phil Norman, who has his eyes on Olympic qualification in the steeplechase this year, produced a pleasing performance on the roads last week. He returned to Armagh, where last year he ran 14.02 for 13th place in the popular annual 5K. This year he finished higher up the field, in 4th place, and clocked 13.46. This year a mighty 21 men breached the 14 minute barrier.

Phil will shortly begin a six-month break from work in order to get himself in the best possible shape for attacking his season's goal.

Phil Norman Armagh 2020Phil positions himself well early in the race (photo: Coral Norman)

BUCS roundup

Among those Woodford athletes competing at the BUCS indoor championships in Sheffield there were medals for Ellen McCartney and Rebecca Matheson and HCA member Calum Henderson.

Ellen McCartney June 2019

Ellen McCartney: silver in the pole vault

Ellen McCartney (representing Brunel University) secured her pole vault medal with a second time clearance at 3.80 and went on to do the same at 3.90 and 4.00, but this was only to be a silver thanks to the appearance of British record holder Holly Bradshaw, who won in a championship record of 4.65. In other jumps Denesha Rocastle (Portsmouth) was unable to contest the women’s triple jump final due to injury having qualified in 10.84. HCA member Calum Henderson (Edinburgh) took his first BUCS medal with 6.91 in the men’s long jump for bronze. Our other field finalist was Hugh Williams (UCL) who finished tenth after qualifying with 12.34. Amelia MacDonald (Brunel) just missed out on the high jump final, finishing 13th in 1.55.

Essex and Eastern Indoors 2020

There were successes across the age-groups at the Essex and Eastern AA Indoor Championships at Lee Valley on 8-9 February. Among the winners, Eugene Amo-Dadzie set a significant championship record of 6.63 in the heats of the senior 60m, before comfortably taking the final in 6.71. Shona Vincent won double gold in the U17W 60m and 200m, while U13 girl Isabelle Kyson won 3 Essex titles including the 60m hurdles.


Shona Vincent Easterns Feb 2020

Shona Vincent (centre): won all her 6 races (photo: Jackie Vincent)

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