Weekly Update – 4th – August 2023

Let’s start the week with something really massive and work backwards for a change.

Rich Amor-Wilkes took part in the Lakeland 50, the clue to the venue and distance are in the title, yes that’s 50 miles of lake District terrain to negotiate involving checkpoints and cut of times. There is even a kit list that includes emergency food and runs to 14 separate items, even packing and getting to the start line is a feat in itself. Luckily Rich also got to the finish line in 12 hours 13.36, off very little training as he spent most of the early part of the year coming back from injury.

There was more regular fayre on Sunday as we travelled the short distance to Tipton for the UK Youth Development League Midlands North East Promotion match. It’s been a long season with many athletes having to muck in and double (or sometimes treble) up on occasions so it was a great achievement to reach this point. At the moment we are still awaiting clarification of the final positions, but I can summarise who did what.

In the 100 U20MA Eugene Kyei placed 3rd in 11.93, Sebastian Darville was 3rd in 12.75 in the B race and Henry Boakye placed 1st in 12.08 in the C race. In the 100 U17M A Elliot Bowen placed 4th in 12.16, Maliq Morris was 3rd in 12.67 in the B race. In the 100 U17W A Abigail Osamudiamen was 1st in 12.65, Rowan Condon, no longer a Covid positive but still feeling the after effects, was 4th in 15.62 in the B race and in the non-scoring race Francesca Bowen clocked 13.77 for the win.

In the 200 U20M A Henry Boakye placed 3rd in 24.43, Eugene Kyei was 2nd in 24.69 in the B race. In the U17 Elliott Bowen was 3rd in 24.68 in the A race. In the 200U17W A Francesca Bowen placed 3rd in 27.86 and in the B race Madison Farley was 4th in 29.08. Madison also placed 2nd in the 300 U17W A in 45.03.

In the 400 U20M A there was a win for Maliq Morris in 55.40, Henry Boakye ran 68.67 in the B race (in his trainers). In the 400 U17MA Yaw Osei-Asabere was 1stin 51.43, James Crust was 2nd in 56.91 in the B race.

Over 800 in the U20M A James Neilson placed 3rd in 2.10.42 and Joe St Quinton was 2nd in 2.30.05. In the U17M A Finley Powell ran 2.41.87, as a high jumper. In the 100 U17W A Millie Williams placed 2nd in 2.36.07. In the 1500 U20MA James Neilson placed 2nd having led for most of the way in 4.25.06, Joe St Quinton was 1st in the B race in 4.56.31.

Charlotte Higgins was 1st in the 80H U17W A in 13.76, Yaw Osei-Asabere was 1st in the 100H U17M A in 15.78, Maliq Morris was 1st in the 1500 steeplechase for U17 in 5.44.46 and in the relays there was a 2nd place in 37.79 for the U17 men in the 4 x 400 and a 3rd place finish in 59.34 for the U17 women in the 4 x 100.

In the jumps there was a joint win for Finley Powell who tied with his friend and nemesis Rohan Stewart of Worcester in the U17 both clearing 1.85. Yaw Osei- Asabere jumped 5.79 in the U17 M A long jump to take 3rd place, James Crust was 2nd with 4.52 in the B competition. Amelia Hancock jumped 2.96 to take 5th place in the U20W A long jump, Abigail Osamudiamen recorded 4.85 to win the U17W A long jump and Rowan Condon leapt to 3.76 for 2nd place in the B event.

In the throws Henry Boakye was 5th with 6.51 in the U20M A shot, Sebastian Darville won the B event with 5.89. In the U17 mens shot Nacardo Lewis claimed 2nd place with 9.78 and James Crust was 4th in the B comp with 5.18. Amelia Hancock was 3rd with a throw of 6.45 in the U20W a shot, Georgina Neilson was 3rd in the U17 womens shot with 5.69 and Vienos Abdullah was 2nd with 5.65 in the B event. Henry Boakye was 5th with 17.72 in the U20M A discus and Eugene Kyei was 2nd with 16.71 in the B discus. In the U17M A discus Finley Powel threw 18.05 for 3rd place, Joshua Welford was 2nd with 14.10 in the B. Amelia Hancock was 2nd with 21.32 in the U20W A discus, Charlotte Higgins was 1st with 15.83 in the U17W A event, with Georgia Neilson winning the B comp with 13.79. Amelia Hancock won the U20W A hammer with 40.20 and Vienos Abdullah also claimed a win in the U17W A hammer with 35.76, Georgina Neilson won the B with 32.88. Elliot Bowen was 4th with 4.51 in the U17M A javelin, Chanecia Laylah Makah was 4th in the U20 W A javelin with a distance of 12.91, Amelia Hancock bagged the points with a win in the B with 5.41, Veinos Abdullah was 1st in the U17W A javelin with 14.53 and there was another win for Georgina Neilson in the B event with 11.89.

There was more track action on the sparkly new track at Alexander Stadium on Wednesday where Finley Powell jumped to a new PB of 1.91 in slippery conditions to take victory.

Dave Norman

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