With no senior men or women’s teams in action at the Southern Road Relays it was left to the track athletes and the young cross-country runners to fly the club flag this week.

Over in the US with the outdoor season now underway, in the Victor Lopez Classic Meeting in Houston, Lewis Mills clocked a useful 9.27.59 over the 3,000m steeplechase and at the same meeting Yasmin Austridge clocked a new lifetime best over 1,500m with 4.26.09 having over the same weekend also run the 3,000m steeplechase in a new pb and club record of 10.35.12 at the Texas Relays in Austin.

Elsewhere in the US at the Ole Miss Classic in Oxford, MS, Divine Oladipo threw the shot 15.51m and the discus 52.25m, and at the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, NC, Marica Sey the ran 100m in 12.70m and Holly Mpassy ran the 400m in 55.97.

The Southeast Schools Inter Counties match took place at Writtle and saw Joseph Scanes continue his fine form in winning the year 8 boys race in 11.43 over the 3.3km course, while James Shaw also ran superbly for 7th in 12.58 in the year 7 race. In the girl’s year 8 race over 3kms, Isabel Pauling ran 12.57 for 6th spot and Niamh Stanley ran 13.24 for 19th, both outstanding performances.

The previous week at the Kent Indoors Champs at Lea Valley, now the results are to hand, its great news that the club had 23 winners across the events and age groups, with more than 50 club athletes participating.

Michael Damoah won the senior men’s 60m in 6.94 with Duayne Bovell 2nd in 7.13 for a new club V35 record, while Charles Nortey won the senior men’s 200m in 22.22 with Tianna Haynes winning the under 20 women’s 200m in 25.88. Alyssa Firla won the under 15 girls 300m in 43.27 and Zakia Mossi competing in the Middx Champs won the 400m under 20 ladies race in 59.38.

In the middle-distance events, there were wins over 800m for Matthew Smith in the under 20 men’s with 1.58.45, Hendri Verster in the under 15 boys in 2.14.31 and Tallulah Ndikanwu in the under 17 ladies with 2.28.46, while in the 1500m races Arthur Starvis won the under 17 men in 4.27.45, Morgan Squibb won the under 20 ladies race in 4.42.87 and Megan Barlow won the under 15 girls race with 4.53.60. In the 60m hurdles races there were wins for Rayhan Mourtada in the under 17 men with 8.55, Shakanya Osahon in the under 20 ladies race with 8.98 and Daisy Snell in the under 17 women’s race with 9.03.

To the field events and Andrew Nkoro won the under 17 men’s event with 1.73m and Qi-Chi Ukpai won the under 15 ladies’ event with 1.67m for a new pb and won the triple jump with 10.97 for a new CBP. In the pole vault there were wins for three vaulters all well coached by John Wakeman with Barnaby Corry winning the under 20 men’s event with 4.20m, Oscar Whitcombe won the under 17 men’s event with 3.70m and Charlie Platt won the under 15 boys event with 3.10m. Daisy Snell won the under 15 ladies long jump with 5.38m, Jade Oni won the senior women’s triple jump with 11.75m, Cleo Agyepong won the under 20 ladies shot with 12.86m and Alyssa Firla won the under 15 girls shot with 9.42m.

This weekend the club is taking a team of athletes, officials, and spectators to Jersey to compete against both Jersey and Guernsey, with Past President Paul Byfield leading the party.

Nick Brooks