There were several big team announcements in the past week or so and the club is delighted to learn that Adam Gemili has been selected to represent us at the Olympics over 200m and in the 4 x 100m relay, while Dina Asher Smith will be busy as she has been selected in the 100m, 200m and 4 x 100m relay, second claim member Steph Davis was selected a while back for the marathon, and Hollie Arnold has been selected in the F46 javelin at the Paralympics.

For the GB Under 23 European Champs in Talinn, Estonia, Ethan Brown has been selected for the mens 4 x 400m relay with Annie Davies selected for the 100m hurdles and Bekah Walton in the javelin.

The GB Under 20 team has been announced for the European Champs which will also be in Talinn with Nana Gyedu selected for the shot putt, Mallory Cluley for the 100m hurdles, Zara Obamakinwa in the discus, Jeriel Quainoo in the 100m and the sprint relay, and Sam Reardon in the 4 x 400m relay.

At home at the weekend the mens and ladies senior team were in action in the National Athletics League at Wormwood Scrubs. With the team severely depleted they did well to finish third on 353.6 points behind TVH on 529 and Windsor on 423.7.

Wins were hard to come by but there were A string wins for Dele Aledese in the discus with 44.02m, Kelechi Aguocha in the high jump with 2.00m, Benjamin Platt in the the pole vault with 3.90m, and the ladies in the sprint relay.

There were B string wins for Barnaby Corry in the pole vault with 2.50m, Hannah MacAulay in the discus with 41.74m, Callum Parker in the 800m in a new pb of 1.55.49 and Jak Mensah in the 100m with 10.90. There were notable performances from Charlie Davis and Scott Overall in the 5,000m with 14.36.50 and 15.12.01 respectively, great efforts over the 400m hurdles by Bailey Stickings in 53.00 and Alex Hill in 62.00, a very solid 7.15.36 over the 2,000m steeplechase by Morgan Squibb, and a fine hammer throw of 48.30m by Gemma Vickery.

This week the English School Champs take place at the Manchester Stadium with the throwing events at Trafford AC, while on Saturday the Kent Young Athletes League takes place at Dartford and for the senior men and women they are in action at the Southern League at Eltham’s Sutcliffe Park.


Nick Brooks