Weekly update – 25th April 2024

London appeared to be the place to by for athletes from Wolverhampton & Bilston AC as numbers headed for the capital for the mini marathon on Saturday and the maxi marathon on Sunday. Those successful in the regional mini marathon trials toed the line for the 2.6k race 24 hours prior to the 26.2 mile event to represent the Wet Midlands. In the U13 boys race Rocco Hawley placed 13thin 8.43, Theo Ulfig was 46th in 9.12, Kiki Guest was 63rd in 10.34 in the U13 girls race.

In theU15 boys race Fred Jones crossed the line in 33rdplace in 8.12 chased hard by Jack Stockton who was a place behind in the same time, Oscar Davies was only 3 seconds adrift in 8.15 in 40th place. With the West Midlands team placing 3rd. Grace Hendy was 46th in 9.17 in the U15 girls race.

And in the U17 division Owen Ulfig placed 17th in 7.43, Isobelle Jones placed 3rd in 8.30, Ava Kind was 36th in 9.15.

In the London Marathon itself on Sunday Luke Maskew was first home in a superb 2.33.27, Luke Carpenter finished in a rapid 2.52.11 despite suffering from cramp at the business end, Lucie Tait-Harris was set for a sub 3 hour time until a knee issue almost put paid to any prospect of finishing, she was able to come home in 3.12.54 to take 20th place in her age group, Dave Joynson clocked up yet another marathon finish, his 3rd in 3 weeks after Paris and Manchester, his time in London was 3.24.13. Mark Judge finished in a gutsy 3.53.50 having spent most of the winter and early spring managing a knee issue, Rob Carrington finished in 4.19.19, completing back to back marathons 7 days after crossing the line in Manchester, Lee Partridge was not too far behind crossing the finish on The Mall in 4.21.23, and it was even closer between Maddie Hart who came home in 5.33.00 and Gil Mitchell who ticked off yet another marathon, this time stopping the clock in 5.33.50.

Away from the tarmac there was track action in Telford in the UK Youth Development League Lower Midland N/E Division where the club got their season underway. Callum Hamilton placed 3rd in 11.4 in the U13M 75m A, Thillana Owen was 1st in 10.6 in the U13 W 75m A, Esme Gray was 3rd in 12.3 in the U13W 75m B, and Rochee Gordon was 1st in 11.6 in the U13W 75m nsA. Chyloh McKenzie was 1st in 12.4 in the 100m U15M A race, Aupromeyo Mukherjee was 1st in 13.0 in the 100m U15M B, Aaron Guest was 1st in the 100m U15M nsA race. Kayliah Henry was 2nd in 14.3 in the 100m U15W A, Samantha Agomoh was 1st in 13.3 in the 100m U15W B and Kaleah Moulder was 1st in 15.4 in the 100m U15W nsA. Callum Hamilton placed 2nd in 22.5 in the 150 U13 M A race, Thillana Owen was 1st in 21.0 in the 150 U13W and Amiyah Kumar Pal placed 1st in 25.9 in the 150 U13W B.

Chyloh McKenzie was 1st in 24.7 in the 200m U15M A, Aupromeyo Mukherjee was 1st in 27.1 in the U15M B over the same distance. Kayliah Henry placed 2nd in 28.8 in the 200 U15W A and Maya Rosa Jelic Ramesh was 3rd in 36.3 in the U15W B race. Over 300m there was a 4thplace finish for Kaleah Moulder in 48.6 in the U13W A and Amira Moulder was 2nd in 49.4 in the B race.

Over 800 there was a win for Seb Palmer in the U13M A in 2.23.2, a win for Jonathan Yang in the U13m B in 2.23.8 and a win for Nahum Worrall on his club debut in the U13M nsA in 2.39.1. Amira Moulder was 5th in 2.50.9 in the U15W A. Lilla Pearce claimed victory in the U13W A in 2.27.5, Adelaide Southall was 2nd in 2.55.1 in the U13W B race, and Amiya Kumar Pal was 2nd in 2.56.2 in the U13W nsA.

Over 1500 there was a win for Will Hughes who crossed the line in 4.49.2 in the U15M A race, Maya Rosa Jelic Ramesh was 3rd in 6.01.1 in the U15W A and Alice Cattel claimed 3rd in the U15W B in 6.08.2.

There was a 2nd placed finish for the club in the 4 x 100 for U15M in 55.9 and win in 58.9 for the U15W in 56.9. The U13W finished 3rd in 63.4 in the U13 4 x 100 relay.

Samantha Agomoh was 2nd in the U15W high jump with a clearance on 1.30, Alice Cattel cleared 1.25 to win the U15W high jump B. Rochee Gordon placed 2nd with 1.25 in the U13W A high jump. Aidy Yeomans cleared 1.70 to take victory in the U15M pole vault.

In the long jump there was a win for Chyloh McKenzie with a leap on 5.26 in the U15M A, Callum Hamilton was 3rdwith 3.70 in the U13M A long jump, Lewis Neilson placed 3rd with 2.76 in the U13m B long jump. Samantha Agomoh was 1st with 4.41 in the U15W A long jump, Kayliah Henry won the U15W B long jump with 4.17, Esme Gray was 3rd with 3.17 in the U13W A event and Adelaide Southall was 3rd with 2.62 in the U13W B.

In the throws Aidy Yeomans was 3rd in the U15M A shot, Lewis Neilson was 3rd with 3.78 in the U13M A shot competition, Aisha Abdulla won the U15W A with a throw of 10.19 and Esi Djabanor was 2nd with 5.83 in the U15W B. In the discus Aupromeyo Mukherjee was 3rd in the U15M A with 12.47, Aisha Abdulla won the U15W A with 23.66, Esi Djabanor won the U15W B with 14.29. There was a 4th place finish for Will Hughes in the U15M A javelin with 16.69, Aisha Abdulla was 3rd with a throw of 17.91 in the U15W A and Esi Djabanor was 2nd with 14.61 in the U15W B and Lewis Neilson placed 4th in the U15M A with 7.72.

And the club hosted the Black Country Hammerfest on Sunday with athletes travelling from Aberdare, Newport, Yate, Bolton, Leigh, Neath, Swindon, Trafford and West Cheshire to compete. Amelia Hancock placed 1st U20 with a throw of 38.20, Vienos Abdullah was 2nd U17 with 35.93 and Georgina Neilson was 3rd U17 with 34.91 in Comp A1. Amelia then threw 40.68 to win Comp A2 with Vienos again 2nd U17 with 36.72 and Georgina 3rd U17 with 34.92. In Comp B1 there was a U17 1st place for Ethan Kendrick with 52.84, Ethan then threw 51.09 in Comp B2 for another win.

Dave Norman

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