Essex Championships Day One – Ilford Monday 1st May 2006
There was a golden finale to Day 1 of the Essex Champs at windswept Ilford on Monday as Frankie Calder & Eugene Ayanful both struck gold in the final track finals, the U17 200s.
Frankie impressed throughout after heat and semi final victories. She shrugged off a strong early challenge of Basildon's Kirsty Shepherd to power home with a 26.69s clocking into a stiff headwind. Nicola Hill ran well for fourth.
In the boys' equivalent Eugene literally ran away to win, finishing almost seven-tenths of a second ahead of the opposition in a fast 22.71s, again into a strong headwind.
There were another two gold medals in the U15 throwing events as Kike Oniwinde in the javelin (25.99m) and Jessica Humpheryes in the discus (27.99m) both dominated their competitions. In a strong HMAC showing Becky Luck was second second in the discus in a new PB, with Sam Hill 4th and Katherine Knight in the top 8. In the javelin Sidnie Sales (4th), Humpheryes (5th) and Hill (7th) all threw well.
One of the best races of the day was in the U13 girls 1200m. From the gun it was a three-way battle between HMAC's Eleanor Bounds and Rebecca O'Neill and Thurrock's Jessica Judd. I was only after the trio passed the bell at 800m in around 2m 40m that Judd struck for home and although Eleanor gave chase she was unable to rein her in, finishing in just under four minutes to go fifth on the club all-time list, as Rebecca O'Neill's strong run earned her bronze medal and a PB of 4m 01.35, for sixth best club all-time.
There were five other medals for club athletes. Ben Western was close to his day-old best when winning U13 long jump silver (4.46m) and was 6th in the high jumo and 5th in the 200m.
Sophie Baggs again improved her high jump PB for the third time in eight days clearing 1.30m for U13 bronze, and 10th all-time by a club u13. Catrina McAuliffe also won U17 discus bronze with a season's best (27.98m), as did Georgie-Lou Sales in the U17 javelin (26m?).
On the track Ingrid Deane had her best run for some time to finish third in the U17 women's 1500m, and Matt Bloy was close to his recent best when finishing fourth in a fast-run u17 Men's 1500m.
The main Essex Championship events take place on 13th & 14th May at Chelmsford.
200m: 5th Ben Western 30.91s (Heat 29.84, semi 29.80) ; Heat - 2nd - Charlie Smith 28.03s - did not contest semi
1500m: heat 4th Jon Seekings 5m 36.30s 5th Ryan O'Mahoney 5:37.62s
High Jump: 6th Ben Western 1.25m
Long Jump: 2nd Ben Western 4.46m; ?? Jon Seekings ??
1500m: Heats: Daniel Shanney 4:54.14s; Jamie Buckley-Stanton 4:57.04s; Ian Price 5:19.45s; Sam Swain heat 5m 39.45?
Discus: 6th - Michael Jones 24.69m
200m -1st - Eugene Ayanful 22.71s (23.46s - heat, ?22.7sf);
4th- Matthew Bloy 4m 9.56s (Heat 4:22.75) ; 5th - Grant Twist 4m
25.32s PB (Heat 4:29.86s) Heats:–
Steve McLachlan 4m 45.55s Lenny Swain 5m 11.81s
(Heat 4:29.86s) Heats:– Steve McLachlan 4m 45.55s Lenny Swain 5m 11.81s
70m Hurdles Semi Final 6th Sophie Baggs 15.35s (3rd Heat 14.89s PB) ; 6th Jessica Seekings 16.24s (4th heat 15.40s)
150m Heats 3rd - Emma Washbourne 23.30s; 6th - Jessica Seekings 24.5s
1200m 2nd- Eleanor Bounds - 3m 59.86s PB (heat 1st - 4m 10.01s); 3rd- Rebecca O'Neill - 4m 1.35s PB (heat 1st - 4m 06.18s PB ); 7th - Emma McAuliffe - 4m 21.54s (2nd heat: 4m 24.64s); 9th - Nicola Peachey 4m 33.89s (heat: 4m 31.22s) ; Heats: Deborah Knight 4:47.67; Rebecca Murphy 5:19.93s
High Jump 3rd - Sophie Baggs 1.30 PB
Long Jump ? Jessica Seekings ?
200m Heat: Lucy Newman 29.45s;.
Heat: Rebecca Luck 5m 51.4
Discus: 1st Jessica Humpheryes 27.99m; 2nd Rebecca Luck 22.02m PB, 4th - Sam Hill 19.94, 6th Katherine Knight 18.62
Javelin: 1st Kike Oniwinde 25.99m; 4th - Sidnie Sales 18.93m 5th -Jessica Humpheryes 18.92m; 7th- Sam Hill 15.63m
– Frankie Calder 26.69s (heat - 1st - 26.81s; semi - 1st - 20.07s);
4th - Nicola Hill 27.33s (heat: 1st - 27.8s; semi - 2nd - 27.33s); Heat: Rachel
1500m 3rd Ingrid Deane 5m 04.27s; 6th - Georgie Lou Sales 5m 17.30s
Discus: 3rd Catrina McAuliffe 27.98 4th -Lauren Newton 26.65m
Javelin: 3rd Georgie Lou Sales 26.83m PB ; Nicola Hill - NT
Photo: Gary O'Neill
Photos below: Gary Howardl