It was a busy week for the club athletes this week with the NCAA Finals in Eugene, the BMC Grand Prix at Watford, the Kent Schools at Gillingham, the Southern League at Gillingham, Lee Valley sprints, The Wanda Diamond League, and the Vets at the BMAF Derby.

At the BMC event last week there was a great new pb for Sam Reardon with 1.48.03, and a pb for Henry Fisher with 1.49.39, and for Morgan Squibb in 2.11.12. Niamh Bridson Hubbard clocked a useful 4.19.81 over 1500m.

At the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Oregon, Katy Ann McDonald made the final finishing 8th in 2.03.57 having qualified in 2.02.51, and Divine Oladipo did herself and her college Vanderbilt a great deal of credit by finishing 6th in the shot with 17.74m, and 5th in the discus with 53.74.

At the Kent Schools there were 19 events won by 18 club athletes. In the under 17 men’s events Felix McArdle Hodge won the javelin with 58.41m winning by over 6 metres, Oscar Witcombe won the pole vault with 3.80m, Andrew Nikoro won the high jump with a 1.80m pb, Rayhan Mourtade won the 100m hurdles with 13.94, and Jonny Ellerton won the 5,000m walk in 31.04.05. In the under 17 women’s events Daisy Snell won the long jump with 5.60m and the 80m hurdles with 11.92 and Liberty Whyte won the 1500m in 4.54.21, while Amber Cockburn won the 1500m steeplechase in 5.31.00.

In the under 15 boys events Lucas Elmqvist won the 1500m in 4.22.88 for a pb, Charlie Platt won the pole vault with 3.90m and Ellis Ibrahim won the javelin by over 13 metres with 48.93m and a pb. In the under 15 girls there were wins for Alyssa Firla over 300m with 41.55 and Megan Barlow over 800m in 2.14.64, while Luciana Smith won the 1500m in a new pb with 4.50.07. In the field events Qi-Chi Ukpai won the high jump with 1.66m, Lydia Witcombe won the pole vault with 2.20m and Erin Simpson won the discus with 29.75m. Our solitary under 13 girl winner was Sophie Fleming in the 800m with 2.33.59, and there was another pb for Reo McCausland when finishing 3rd in 11.45 in the under 15 boys 100m.

At the Lee Valley sprints Open event there was a fantastic clocking pf 10.28 over 100m for Jeriel Quainoo having run a windy 10.20 earlier, he also ran a pb of 20.65 over 200m, while Kieran Daly clocked a windy 10.43 over 100m, with Abdul Rahman-Jolaoso clocking a legal 10.83. Darcy Kuypers ran 12.10 over 100m in the ladies’ events.

Dina Asher Smith also was in action at the Wanda Diamond League in Rome and clocked an impressive 22.27 just 2/100th second behind the Olympic Champion.

At the BMAF Champs in Derby Helen Godsell won the W65 100m and 200m races with 14.76 and 31.16, and Blair Wilson won the V35 3,000m steeplechase in 10.50.54. Liz Hughes won the W45 pole vault in 2.82m and won silver in the shot with 9.03m. Newly qualified vet Duayne Bovell took silver in both the 100m and 200m with 11.31 and 23.00, and Louisa Vallins also took a double silver in the sprints clocking 13.61 and 27.56 respectively. Alan Hardy took 5th in the M60 pole vault with a vault of 2.22m.

The men’s and women’s team combined for 2nd team spot behind TVH at the Southern League match with man of the match Dan Putnam winning the men’s 200m and 400m in very commendable times of 21.41 and 47.5. Luke Dronfield won the 400m hurdles in 54.91 and Barnaby Corry jumped a new pole vault pb to win in 4.51m. Dele Aladese also threw a pb in the discus to win on 49.36m. In the ladies’ events there was a fine return to competition for Rachel Dickens who won the 400m in 55.13, Gabriella Martin won the 800m in 2.23.0, Hannah Clark won the 1500m in 4.50.16, Holly Platt won the 100m hurdles in 18.13, and Morgan Squibb won the 1500m steeplechase in 5.09.93. In the field Eleanor Barrett won the pole vault in 3.30m, Claudia Baker won the long jump with 5.37m, Molly Savage won the triple jump with 10.71m and Lauren Farley threw a massive 50.92m to win the javelin and equal her pb.

Nick Brooks