Weekly Update 2nd June 2023

The bank holiday at the weekend meant it was a little quieter than in previous weeks but there was still enough to get their teeth into for those looking for a bit of competition.

Let’s start with some track action at Sportcity in Manchester in the BMC Grand Prix where Isobelle Jones raced over 1500 metres in the shadow of the Eithad Stadium. Isobelle was first over the line in a time of 4.22.53, Ella Semple was also in the same race coming home in 5th place in 4.27.58 with both recording PBs for the distance. Amelia Samuels raced over 5000 at the same event placing 6th in a PB of 16.16.69.

There was more league action in the UK Youth Development League Upper – Midlands North/East at Sutton Coldfield where the club finished top of the pile on the day. Henry Boakye was 3rd in the 100 U20 A race in 12.8, and 3rd in the 200 U20 A in 24.5. Yaw Qsei-Asabere was 1st in the 400 U20 A in 51.5 and James Neilson was 2nd in the B race in 59.5. Tyler Hawley placed 3rd in the 800 U20 A with 2.13.9. James won the 1500 U20 A with 4.15.1 and Joe St Quinton was 2nd in the B race in 4.48.2.

In the ladies competition Chan Makah was 2nd in the 100 U20 in 14.8 and Jessica Yang was 2nd in the 800 U20 A with 2.37.7.

In the U17s competition Joshua Welford was 2nd in the 100 U17 A in 11.7 and James Crust was 2nd in the B race in 12.1. Joshua also placed 1st in the 200 U17 A race in 23.00 with Maliq Morris finishing 3rd in 26.4 in the B event. Maliq was 2nd in the 400 U17 A in 58.6 with James placing 1st in 55.9 in the B race. Yaw Osei-Asabere won the long jump U17 A with a leap on 5.29 with James finishing 2nd in the B competition with 3.40. Finley Powell won the high jump U17 A with a clearance of 1.70. In the throws Ethan Kendrick won the hammer U17 A with 42.6, Finley made sure we got some points in the javelin with 2nd place with 2.47. The U17 relay team of James, Yaw, Joshua and Maliq won the 4 x 100 with 47.2.

In the ladies events Abigail Osamudiamen won the 100 U17 A with 12.8, with Sienna Birch placing 2nd in the B event with 15.6. Abigail also claimed a win in the 200 with 26.5 with Rowan Condon winning the B race with 30.2. Madison Farley was 2nd in the 300 U17 A with 42.9 with Harriet Evans placing 2nd in the B race with 53.9. Isobelle Jones won the 800 U17 A with 2.13.1 with Scarlett Willoughby making it a double winning the B race with 2.35.8. Megan White was 1st in the 1500 U17 A with 5.03.1 with Millie Williams placing 2nd in the B race with 5.46.5. There were two hurdles wins for the Charlottes with Higgins winning the 80 hurdles U17 A in 14.5 and Bradley claiming the B race win with 15.2. Abigail added to her two sprint wins with a win in the long jump with 5.22, with Rowan Condon placing 2nd in the high jump A competition with 1.46 and Charlotte Bradley clearing 1.20 for a win in the B event. Jess Yang bagged a triple jump win with 8.96.

In the throws Vienos Abdullah placed 3rd in the shot with 6.63 A event with Georgina Neilson winning the B comp with 5.07. Charlotte Higgins was 3rd in the A discus with 14.87 and Charlotte Bradley won the B discus with 13.27. Georgina won the A hammer with 32.92 and Vienos won the B event with 32.25, Vienos was also 3rdin the javelin with a throw of 11.47.

In the relays Rowan, Charlotte Higgins, Harriet and Abigail won the 4×100 in 56.8 and Scarlett, Jess, Megan and Isobelle won the 4×300 in 3.09.4.

And on the tarmac there was action north of the border where Dave Joynson and Gillian Mitchell ticked off another marathon, this time in Edinburgh, with Dave placing 473rd in an ultra-consistent 3.12.51 and Gill stopping the clock in 5.35.33 for 6579th place. Over the half marathon distance there was a stellar performance for Pravesh Patel who placed 10th in a super fast time of 1.09.43.

Dave Norman

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