Three teams of young athletes did the club proud at the Club:Connect relays, which started off the London Anniversary Games Diamond League programme at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
Last year marked the club's first appearance when both Under 13 teams contested these prestigious races which bring together the top sprint relay teams from the south. This year they were joined by the Under 15 girls who had twice broken the long-standing club record - and the quartet of Aaliyah Payne, Paige Robinson, Shalom Gbadebo and Bella Smith once again improved their time to an impressive 49.79s in fourth.
The Under 13 girls' quartet of Rania Richards, Stephanie Okoro, Tilly Canty and Paris king were sixth in 54.50s - but might have finished higher if another team hadn't impeded them on the first change, while the U13 boys' squad of Lewis Dixon, Reece Malcolm, Denzel Bilson and Dominic Alexandru set a season's set of 53.52s in placing eighth of the nine teams.
It was a memorable day for the young athletes who all hope to return next year run on the fast track. The squads had worked hard coached by Rachel Kerr and were cheered on by their team managers, individual coaches, family, friends, and a group of their fellow Under 13 & Under 15 team members. 23/7/18
Pics: Joanne Day & Emily Brown