This Sunday saw the second round of this season’s “hybrid” structure NAL competition held at the Stonex (Barnet Copthall) Stadium in Hendon. The stadium is currently under-going significant construction activity for Saracens Rugby Club making it very difficult for athletes and officials to move around the stadium as they would normally. At least, with the exception of a short but heavy mid-afternoon shower the weather stayed finer than expected except that there were strong headwinds in the home straight against the athletes. Woodford had finished third in this London North sub-division of the NAL Premiership in the first meeting and were sixth nationally of the 16 Clubs in that Premiership division. Woodford’s team again consisted of a mix of seasoned BAL/UKWL athletes complemented by many much younger who had never competed at this level prior to the BAL/UKWL being merged into the new NAL which had been due to commence in 2020. At the time of publishing the results available and displayed on the NAL website still contain many inaccuracies both in terms of individual performances and team scores and positions. This article will be updated when the final version of the results is available. The windy conditions were not necessarily conducive to performances of the highest level, but two Woodford athletes did record personal bests, debutant Emma Botham in the women’s discus and Under 20 Nabil Tezkratt in the men’s 400m.
Final Results from this meeting are still outstanding. A report will be published as soon as they are available.
Following the British Championships at the weekend in Manchester, British Athletics have confirmed the selection of the GB & N.I Track and Field team for the Tokyo Olympic Games which will include four Woodford Green A.C. w E.L athletes. Dan Rowden (800m, Phil Norman (3000m s/ch) Tiffany Porter and Cindy Sember (both 100mH) are all selected, but sadly Eugene Amo-Dadzie who placed 2nd in the 100m at the Trials has not been named as part of the sprint relay squad.
Several Woodford athletes competed in the British Championships which incorporated the Trials for the Tokyo Olympics at Manchester over the weekend. Top performance from a Woodford athlete came from Tiffany Porter who regained the national title that she last won in 2016. There were also medal winning performances from Eugene Amo-Dadzie, Dan Rowden, Phil Norman and Cindy Sember.