Middlesex Track & Field Champs – Lee Valley – Sat 14 & Sun 15 May 2016

We came away with 25 medals at the Middlesex Track & Field Champs held at Lee Valley last weekend, and 20 personal best performances were recorded.

Under 17 Laura Stewart set the tone with the club’s first medal in the 300m hurdles. Unfazed by a delayed start due to the electronic timing, she fought off a challenge coming into the home straight, pulling away to secure silver. In the 300m flat, Cameron Thomas won bronze with a PB. Lottie Horton set PBs in both her 100m and 200m heats, before winning bronze in the 200m. In the 1500m, Nicola Ravenhill had to settle for silver against the redoubtable Kosana Weir of Thames Valley Harriers. She was the only one to follow her when she made the break and was still in touch going into the last lap. With about 300m to go it looked as though she might get back on terms but Kosana was too strong. Nicola did however get very close to her PB in the attempt. Roisin Lynch won bronze in the triple jump with a season’s best, albeit wind-assisted. In the hammer, Zoya Styles was a class apart, and she also took gold in the shot, setting PBs in both events. For the Under 15 girls, Lucy O’Brien won silver in the 800m.

Helen Leadbetter had little competition in the senior women’s pole vault, winning gold with a season’s best, despite a difficult side wind. Meantime, the formidable veteran throws duo of Debbie McCaw and Tracey Gould clinched six medals between them. In the hammer, their specialist event, Debbie took gold with a season’s best and Tracey took silver. This was Debbie’s fourth successive County hammer title. The pair won silver and bronze in the shot, and Debbie took bronze in both the discus and the javelin.

U20 Will Lord looked majestic when winning the 400m, both he and third-placed Rowan Board setting PBs. In the senior men’s 100m, Reuben Fleary was eliminated in the heats but had the consolation of a significant (wind-assisted) PB.

The U17 men claimed seven medals. Phoenix Lyon’s 200m win was never in doubt, and he also claimed silver in the 100m, re-writing his record in both. In the middle distances, John Fielding was denied 800m gold by a narrow margin, while George Kerry led all the way in the 3000m, setting an unsustainable early pace that was never challenged. Mattia Cilurzo set a PB when taking silver in the sprint hurdles, and got another to match with a season’s best in the long jump. In-form javelin-thrower Luke Miller improved his best yet again to take gold.

Louis Clow was the only U15 boy to medal, placing second with a personal best triple jump and third in the 80m hurdles. Sudeys Hersi had to be content with a personal best in the 800m. Joshua Jones ran well in his debut over 100m. In the U13 events, Sudeys’ brother Najiib set a PB in the 1500m, as did new member Arun Manget.

Next track & field match for the U13/U15s is the YDL at Bedford this Saturday, while on Sunday the seniors have the luxury of a home match in the Southern Athletics League. The U17/U20s also have a home match to look forward to on Sunday 29th May.

ESM results summary

SM: 100m (h1): 6 Reuben Fleary 11.17

U20M: 100m: 6 William Lord 11.20; 8 Kamau Muhammad 11.81; 400m: 1 William Lord 50.59; 3 Rowan Board 52.34

U17M: 100m: 2 Phoenix Lyon 11.15; 200m: 1 Phoenix Lyon 22.58; 800m: 2 John Fielding 2:06.42; 3000m: 1 George Kerry 9:51.05; 100mH: 2 Mattia Cilurzo 15.43; LJ: 2 Mattia Cilurzo 5.35; JT: 1 Luke Miller 51.59

U15B: 100m: 5 Joshua Jones 12.28; 800m: U15M 6 Sudeys Hersi 2:30.26

1500m: 7 Ilyes Iman 5:03.60; 8 Arun Manget 5:11.95; 80mH: 3 Louis Clow 12.81; TJ: 2 Louis Clow 9.42

U13B: 800 6 Najiib Hersi 2:39.56; 1500m: 7 Mahiis Hersi 5:25.30

SW: PV: 1 Helen Leadbetter 2.50; SP: 2 Debbie McCaw (W35) 9.53; 3 Tracey Gould (W35) 7.49; DT: 3 Debbie McCaw 30.16; 4 Tracey Gould 22.43; HT: 1 Debbie McCaw 46.85; 2 Tracey Gould 34.61; JT: Debbie McCaw 22.68; 4 Tracey Gould 18.98

U17W: 100m: 4 Lottie Horton 12.74; 200m: 3 Lottie Horton 27.29; 300m: 3 Cameron Thomas 45.31; 1500m: 2 Nicola Ravenhill 5:01.31; 300mH: 2 Laura Stewart 48.54; TJ: 3 Roisin Lynch 9.20; SP: 1 Zoya Styles 8.81;HT: 1 Zoya Styles 36.76

U15G: 800m: 2 Lucy O’Brien 2:28.64; 1500m: 14 Anisa Ibrahim 5:45.46

Full results here