The Southern Champs at Bedford saw nearly 20 club athletes participating with 6 gold medals, a silver and 3 bronze medals being won by club athletes. There were great wins for Bailey Stickings over 400m hurdles with 51.96, and higher claim athlete Lewis Hartnett claiming gold in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase with 9.21.78, and Jahisha Thomas winning the ladies long jump with 6.27m.

In the under 20 category there were golds for Nana Gyedu in the shot putt with 14.42m and Mallory Cluley in the 100m hurdles in 13.88, while Dillon Claydon won the under 20 men’s discus with 46.54m. Jonathan Ilori took silver in the men’s triple jump with an impressive 15.94m, Alex Hill took bronze in the ladies 400m hurdles with 61.38, Pablo Seema Roca ran well for third in the under 20 men’s 400m with 49.27, and Barnaby Corry vaulted 4.30m for bronze in the under 20 men’s pole vault.

Elsewhere Dina Asher Smith recorded a great 22.06 over 200m in Florence at the Diamond League, and Divine Oladipo threw a new club record in the discus with 57.26m for 9th in the NCAA Champs in Eugene, Oregon, also taking 14th in the shot with 16.76m. In a sprints meeting in Stratford, Henry Fisher clocked 49.64 over 400m, Prince Reid (T20) ran 52.36, Steph Fisher ran 59.20 over 400m and Alex Hill clocked 62.0 over 400m hurdles.

At a BMC meeting Angus Harrington chopped another half a second off his 800m pb with 1.48.90 and Joe Rogers also ran a pb with 1.50.39, with Alex Bruce Littlewood continuing his return to form with a solid 14.32.98 over 5,000m.

At the Surrey Schools Champs at Battersea Park there were wins for Issah Abdulkarim in the under 17 men’s 100m with 11.47, Fleur Todd Warmoth won the under 17 ladies 1500m in 4.40.75 with Lara Mannes 2nd in 4.59.47, while Megan Slattery took silver in the under 15 girls 1500m with 4.53.04.

Being a Kent based and affiliated club we had an abundance of club athletes in action at the Kent School Champs at Ashford with wins in the sprints for Tianna Haynes in the ladies under 20 100m (12.27), Faith Akinbileje (24.11) in the under 17 women’s 200m with Nina Whitter (27.14) winning the under 15 girls event and Holly Mpassy (55.79) running well for gold in the under 20s 400m.

In the middle-distance events there were wins for Matthew Smith over 800m  in 2.05.33 (U17), Amarisa Sibley in the 800m (U17) winning by 9 seconds in 2.11.15, Tallulah Ndikwanu in the  800m (U15) in 2.23.96 and Zoe White in the 3000m (U20) in 10.57.78. Over the barriers Rayhan Mourtada won the under 15 boys 80m hurdles in 11.44, George Shaw won the under 17 men’s 1500m steeplechase in 4.43.57, and Morgan Squibb now back after a long-term leg injury showed fine form in winning the under 20 ladies steeplechase in 5.02.36 with Gabriella Martin winning the under ladies’ version in 5.26.59.

Also on the track there was a fine 3,000m win in the walk for Abigail Smith with 16.09.88, in the pole vault pit there was a win and a pb for Barnaby Corry in 4.30m, and 4 long jump wins for Dylan Carroll in 5.64m (U17), Zuriel Nwogwugwu in 5.63m (U15), Emily Algeo in 5.27 n(U17W) and Daisy Snell in 5.34 (U15G). And finally to the throws as Cleo Agyepong won the under 17 shot with 14.66m, Islay Pearson won the under 15 event in 8.20m, Dillon Claydon won the under 20 men’s discus in 45.03m and Titiobiowula Akinrele won the under ladies’ discus with 30.68m.


Nick Brooks