England Athletic Indoor Championships, Sheffield, 22nd & 23rd Feb 2020

It was a fantastic weekend in Sheffield for club youngsters as they came away with three medals with three new club record marks being set in the process.

Stephanie Okoro maintained her unbeaten record on the indoor track this winter to lift gold in the Under 15 Girls 300m. After winning her heat in style in a new PB she returned to the track a couple of hour later to go even faster for gold powering home off the final bend to win by four metres in a career best of 41.16s – the seventh fastest ever by a UK Under 15 indoors. It was also the third fastest ever by a club athlete at the distance and the outdoor club record of 40.9s looks set to fall this summer.

Sam Sanusi came within a whisker of adding gold in the Under 17 60m hurdles. After a comfortable heat win he powered to a new club record of 8.11s in winning his semi final and in the final just over an hour later led all the way only losing out on the dip to Peterborough & Nene Valley’s Joe Purbrick who closed 8.13s to Sam’s 8.14s. Jacob Blanc was a fine fourth in 8.29s – the only athlete in the final in the first year in the age group.

Paris King had already broken the club Essex U15 hurdles record three times this winter and did it twice more intaking silver. She recovered from a poor start in the heat to progress and let loose in the semi final to win in anew PB & club record of 9.05s. She trimmed it further in the final to 9.02s losing out to Thurrock’s Jodie Self who an 9.00s for victory.

The third club record to fall was in the Under 17 Men’s 60m – and it fell not just once but twice. Ridwan Salaam set new personal and club marks with 7.22s in his heat and in the semi final later Denzel Achi went even faster with 73.18s, but neither made the competitive final but both are in the first year in the age group so can expect to improve more. Another first year Under 17 Chris Brown was in a podium spot in the triple jump after three rounds with his 13.37m leap but was overhauled and had to settle for fifth, but can take pride that he was the only first year U17 in the top 8. Richard Akinyebo improved his best in the Under 20 men’s 200m as did Under 15 Al-Ameen Salaam in the Under 15 60m. Karis Thomas ran her second fastest ever time in the Under 17 60m semi final while Ruby Tillson was also close to her best in the Under 15 60m hurdles.





Under 20 men: Under 20 men: 200m:  Semi: Richard Akinyebo 22.29s PB (Heat: 22.50)

Under 17 men: 60m: Semi:  4th - Denzel Achi 7.18s  PB & Club Record (Heat: 7.28s);  Ridwan Salaam 7.25s (Heat: 7.22s #Club Record); 60m Hurdles 2nd  Sam Sanusi  8.14s (Semi: 8.11s PB & Club Record; Heat: 8.20s); 4th  Jacob Blanc 8.29s (Semi: 8.35s; Heat: 8.26s); LJ: 11th Denzel Achi 6.24m; TJ: 5th Chris Brown 13.37m

Under 15 Boys: 60m: Semi:  5th Al Ameen Salaam 7.60s PB; (Heat: 7.74s); 200m: Al Ameen Salaam DQ

Under 15 Boys: 60m: Semi:  5th Al Ameen Salaam 7.60s PB; (Heat: 7.74s); 200m: Al Ameen Salaam DQ

Under 17 women: 60m: Semi:  5th Karis Thomas 7.86s (Heat: 7.91);  

Under 15 Girls: 60m Hurdles 2nd Paris King 9.02s PB & Club Record; (Semi: 1st 9.05s Heat: 9.56); Heat: Ruby Tillson 10.00s; 300m 1st Stephanie Okoro 41.16s (Ht: 41.45s);


Pics: Tony Benton