Southern Athletics League, Div 2, Round 4, Woodford

Saturday 13th July 2019



Woodford Green & EL

201 points


Basildon AC

197 points


Havering AC

190 points


Ipswich H/Colchester &T

178 points

A third place finish at Woodford on Saturday has confirmed that the Southern League senior team will miss out on promotion and will have to settle for another season in Division 2, with just the final fixture remaining.

The squad were boosted by the return of international Lauren Deadman in his first track race after a maternity break and she lapped the whole field several times in her comfortable 5000m victory. Jade Kavanagh posted two quick times to win both the 200m & 400m races and Claire Brennan also posted two wins in the sprint hurdles and B vault, and added second in the 400m hurdles and high jump points. Jess Collier was in fine form with victory in the A vault, and improved her discus best in second, and another Under 17 Adelaide Thatcher-Gray won the senior javelin, and Under 20 Lydia Mwanza's triple jump season's best won the B triple jump as Tomi Sanwo was close to her best as the A string runner up, and Keturah Christie was B high jump runner-up.

Nina Brennan bagged a pair of second places with her 400m & discus season's bests, but otherwise it was third and fourth places as the ladies battled for points with Sophie Rand and Clare Davies both third in the 1500m, Elysha Thatcher-Gray third in the shot & B javelin, Rachel Kerr covering gaps in the hurdles and Under 17s Alice Atkins, Emma Ramsden, Morgan Romain and Aisha Marenah scoring points for the cause.

For the men, Lewis Bailey and Ayo Akingbehin won both 200m strings, and were 100m runners up, Rob Warner's season best took the chase honours, and Karl Tucker took full points in the sprint hurdles. Joseph Ramie returned to club action with victory in the long jump and Adam McCarthy won the B after  his 400m hurdles season's best placed second.

Aaron Freshwater won the B triple jump and was third in the high jump and Arron Bonning's B javelin win capped a usual busy day, as Oliver Wood's A string PB placed him second. Matthew Agnimel was close to his best for third in the 400m and Finn Hutton returned for third in the B. More thirds were achieved by Alex Friend & Louis Berrett in the 800m, James Stewart (PB) and veteran Paul Berrett in the 3000m, Kieran Riddell (400m hurdles B) and Triple jumper Success Ariyibi. Thrower Ed Brinton-Quinn completed the line up.

The men's sprint relay quartet of Ayo, Lewis, Joseph and Karl were close to their fastest this year in finishing second, and the innovative mixed 4x400m squads were also both runners up as Finn, Matthew, Jade & Nina and Sophie, Claire, Adam and Somto combined.

The season concludes at Woodford again on 17th August but the club will hope to finish their mixed season on a high. 

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