The UK Champs were held at Sportcity in Manchester and the club had a remarkable 25 athletes competing across the events. There were 6 medals in total, a new club record over the 400m hurdles, and selection for the World Champs in Eugene in three weeks’ time for Dina Asher Smith and Adam Gemili.
James Whiteaker continued his fine seasons form winning the javelin with 74.69m, and Bekah Walton won the ladies event with 51.87m. There was a silver medal for Dina Asher Smith over 100m surprisingly being narrowly beaten but recording a fine 10.87w, and there were bronze medals for Kelechi Aguocha in the high jump with 2.18m, Divine Oladipo with 17.20m in the shot and a great new 200m pb of 20.40 for Jeriel Quianoo beating Adam into 5th place.
Bailey Stockings ran a superb 50.32 in qualifying for the 400m hurdles final and in so doing he beat the club record which has stood since 1994 (50.7) and beat it again in the final in 6th place with 50.61. Dan Putnam has run the 400m over 50 times in 47 something and in qualifying he ran superbly with to break the magical 47 second barrier clocking 46.75 and made the final where he placed 6th in 47.04 beating his previous pb, a great effort in both races. Other finalists included Adam Gemili 5th over 200m in 20.48, Mallory Cluley placed 6th in the 100m hurdles with 13.34w, Jahisha Thomas leapt 6.44m for 4th in the long jump, Ben Hawkes took 7th in the hammer with 65.27m, Niamh Bridson Hubbard made the 1500m final for a second year running and clocked 4.23.50 for 7th place and Zara Obamakinwa threw the discus 48.91m for 8th spot. Also, in the javelin alongside Bekah, Lauren Farley came 7th with 46.47m and Hollie Arnold finished 10th with 39.58m.
Sam Reardon had a disappointing 400m qualifying effort with 47.69 but had enough energy to qualify in the 800m and then run 1.49.98 for 6th in the final. In the qualifying rounds Sophie Elliss ran 60.31 and Alex Hill ran 62.22 in the 400m hurdles, while in the men’s 100m qualifying Kieran Daly ran 10.35w, Korede Awe ran 10.45w, Michael Damoah 10.61w and Kyle Reynolds Warmington 10.65w, while in the 110m hurdles Rico Cottell ran 14.63w.
The youngsters were in action at Woking in the third of the YDL Upper Age Group matches and a third consecutive team win was duly delivered with 620 points and way ahead of WSE with 502 points. There were 19 A string wins and numerous B string wins with special strength shown in the relays where the club won 5 of the 8 relays.
Also in action were the under 13s and under 15s in the Kent League at Erith where they combined for a narrow 2nd place finish with 537 points behind Tonbridge with 564.5 points.
Next up (2nd July) sees the senior men’s and women’s team in action at the third NAL match at Woodford, where they currently lie in 4th spot out of 16 teams, needing to finish in the top eight teams to make the “A” final in August.