Track & Field Round-Up

Woodford athletes have been in Track & Field action both at home and overseas over the last week, at home several were at the South of England Championships at Bedford where performances included a title for Tosin Oke and a silver medal and personal best for George Vaughan, and also  bronzes for Chris Stone and Gabriella Ade-Onjobi.

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Tosin Oke in action at Cardiff recently

Club Steeplechase Record for Phil Norman

Phil Norman, who has been in fine form in recent weeks, raced in Huelva, Spain last night, and in improving his 3000m s/ch personal best by more than 7 secs he improved on Adam Kirk-Smith's Woodford “domestic “ Club record set last season. Although just missing out on the UKA European Champs qualifying mark of 8m32 secs Phil recorded a fine 8m35.47 secs, which moves him to 3rd on this year's UK rankings.

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Club record and European Champs qualifying mark for Daniel Rowden

Dan Rowden club recordCongratulations are due to Daniel Rowden who made a significant breakthrough over 800m in Oordegem, Belgium on Saturday. Daniel, whose lead coach is Richard Thurston, and who won silver over 800m at the European U/23 Championships last season, raced at the same venue in Belgium the prior weekend where, after a comfortable victory at the Loughborough International in 1m47.01 secs, he had hoped to secure a UKA European Championship qualifying mark of 1m46.50 sec. But in a “messy” race he placed 4th in 1m47.32 secs. This week Daniel made no mistake and, after the pacemaker dropped out at the bell with Daniel having covered the first 400mm in around 52 secs, he took on the pace himself and led for all but the last few metres. Although just pipped for the victory, Daniel recorded a significant personal best of 1m45.87 secs, well inside that European qualifying mark, but also after sixty-one years bettering the Woodford Green Club record. That record had stood to Derek Johnson who won Commonwealth gold over 880 yards as well as 4x440 gold and silver, and just lost out on an individual Olympic title when placing 2nd in the 800m in Melbourne in 1956, in addition to a 4x400m bronze. Derek’s club record of 1m46.6 secs was set on a cinder track in Oslo in 1957, and in recent years Matt Shone with 1m 46.72 secs had gone close, and last season Daniel himself went even closer with 1m46.64 secs, but his run on Saturday has now significantly improved upon the mark.

Hopefully Daniel will soon be making further improvements and this Club record will not last for another 61 years.

UKWL first round

Also competing at Cardiff were Woodford’s women’s team, as the first match of the UKWL first division was hosted concurrently with the Man’s BAL Premiership. The women had been relegated from their Premier Division last season but were determined to make a strong effort to bounce straight back. The team performed well, placing 3rd overall, as they scored 174 points behind hosts Cardiff on 207, Shaftesbury 184, and ahead of Notts 150, Harrow 145, Crawley 138, Sale 137 and Enfield 126. Woodford therefore lie 3rd overall with the top two teams to be promoted. This was also a good all-round team performance, and as with the men, many took on additional events, several made debuts and there were “A” string wins for Lucy Marshall, Sylvia Cruz and Revee Walcott-Nolan, plus a personal best for Anna Nelson.

Photos (by Alex Wardle)

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Moe Sasegbon: on her way to winning the 100mH B string

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