Essex & Eastern Indoor Championships, Lee Valley, 3rd & 4th February 2018

Club athletes came in from the cold to rack up a 20 medal haul at a very successful weekend at the Essex and Eastern Indoor Championships at Lee Valley.

The gold rush started on Saturday when club athletes won three hurdles titles and a silver. Toby Bishop returned to the club in stunning fashion. The son of club all-time great Mark Bishop was a member briefly a few years ago but has rejoined after showing good form in school and open competitions and his 8.68s clocking in the Under 15 boys' 60m hurdles for Essex gold and Eastern silver set a new club best.  Lucy Bailey improved her week-old PB to take Essex & Eastern gold in the senior hurdles and the St Mary's student hopes to improve further in the British Universities Championships.  Dominic Alexandru improved his best to add a third hurdles gold in the youngest Under 13 age group, and he came back on Sunday to add high jump gold & 200m silver. Paige Robinson added a fourth hurdles medal with silver in the Under 15 girls event, setting a new PB, and on a busy weekend added another silver & PB in the high jump on Sunday.

The jumps proved successful for club athletes. Shandell Taylor showed good form in winning the Essex and Eastern Under 20 long jump, while Freya Higginbottom (Under 15 silver) and Ashton Thatcher-Gray (under 15 bronze) also leapt onto the long jump podium in their age groups. Uche Okpaluako won county Under 15 high jump gold and Peter Brinton-Quinn took the Essex Under 17 pole vault title.

There was a glut of medals in the middle distance events.  Alex Friend won Essex gold and Eastern silver in the Under 17 Men's 1500m, and there were silver medals for Matthew Blacklock, who set new career marks in winning Under 15 800m silver, and Tilly Canty who added an 800m silver in the Under 13 girls 800m.  Reece Harriott's PB earned him bronze in the Under 17 men's 800m and Paul Berrett added to his collection with bronze in the Masters 1500m. Karl Tucker's bronze medal in the senior 200m completed the track medal taly.

The medal roll was completed in the throws as Laurence Goodacre won bronze in a good quality senior men's shot competition, and Philippa Gill stepped up into the Under 20 age group to win shot silver with a new indoor best.

With many other personal best and good performances it added up to a fine weekend on the boards for club athletes.




Results (Positions in Essex Champs)

Senior Women: 60m Hurdles: 1st Lucy Bailey 9.08s PB;

U20 Women: Shot 2nd Philippa Gill  9.81m

U17 Women: 60m: heat: Mary Igbinosa-Ighile 8.85s; 200m: heat: Mary Igbinosa-Ighile 29.61s;60m Hurdles Heat: Elize Bonning 9.61s; Shot Robyn Moody 8.50m ; Triple Jump: Amma Apau 8.47m

U15 Girls: 60m Semi: Uche Okpalauko 8.49s (Heat: 8.54s); Paige Robinson 8.60s (Heat: 8.63s); 200m Semi:  Paige Robinson 29.08s (Heat: 28.83s); 60m Hurdles 2nd  Paige Robinson 9.93s PB (Heat: 10.19s); Long Jump 2nd Freya Higginbottom 4.69m High Jump 1st Uche Okpalauko 1.45m 2nd  Paige Robinson 1.40m PB;

U13 Girls: 800m: 2nd  Tilly Canty 2:43.36

Masters Men:  1500m  3rd  Paul Berrett 4:58.6s

Senior Men:  60m 5th Ayo Akingbehin 7.22s PB (Heat: 7.24s); 200m  3rd Karl Tucker 23.32s (Heat: 23.53s); 4th Ayo Akingbehin 23.78s (Heat: 23.97s); 800m heat Finn Hutton 2:06.85s; Shot Put 3rd  Laurence Goodacre 14.16m

U20 Men: 800m 5th: Kieran O'Hara 2: 08.17s; Long Jump: 1st Shandell Taylor 6.76m

U17 Men: 400m: 6th Somto Okpalauko 56.49s PB (Heat 56.51s PB); 800m: 3rd  Reece Harriott 2:04.31s PB (Heat: 2:07.64s); Heats: Louis Berrett 2:09.29s PB; Oliver Ray 2:16.27s PB. 1500m: 1st  Alex Friend 4:31.93s  Long Jump 4th Tobi Idowu 5.85m; 7th Somto Okpalauko 5.22m Pole Vault 1st  Peter Brinton Quinn 2.90m; High Jump ?th Oliver Ray 1.45m

U15 Boys: 800m: 2nd  Matthew Blacklock 2:14.73s PB; 60m Hurdles: 1st Toby Bishop 8.68m Club Record; Long Jump 3rd  Ashton Thatcher-Gary 5.13m PB

U13 Boys: 200m: 2nd Dominic Alexandru 29.33s;  60m Hurdles: 1st Dominic Alexandru 9.94s PB; High Jump: 1st Dominic Alexandru 1.35m;


Pics: Kevin White and various others.