Saturday saw the opening day of the Middlesex Championships at an overcast Lee Valley, writes Tim Hannah. Despite the conditions with howling winds blowing down the valley ESM athletes were very successful on a day which featured seniors, U20 and U17 athletes.
Ealing athletes were winning medals in the first events. Debbie McCaw won the senior women’s hammer with a throw of 44.99m and Tracey Gould was second. Debbie went on to win a bronze medal in the discus. Mo Hashi and Rowan Board were our senior men’s medalists, winning bronze in the 1500m and 400m respectively.
In the younger age groups, hurdlers Laura Stewart and Feia Starkey had to put up with windy conditions which put their stride patterns out of sync. Nevertheless Laura won the U20 400mH in 69.4 sec and Feia Starkey took the gold medal in the U17 300mH in 48.74. Laura also won silver in the 400m flat, while Nicola Ravenhill was third with a time close to her best in the 1500m.
Mukhtar Farah won the U20 1500m in a time of 4:18; his team mate Oliver Way was second in 4:29. Mukhtar went on to come fourth in the 800m. George Kerry took on a longer race and won gold in the U20 3000m race in 9:15.
Out in the field, Zoya Styles won U20 silver medals in the javelin, the shot and the hammer while her U17 team mate Chloe Mowatt won gold in the hammer and shot. Helen Leadbetter won gold in the pole vault and there was a medal for Isha Habib too, with silver in the triple jump.
Day two, Sunday saw the sun come out and the wind calm a little for the U15s and U13s. U15 Estelle Belgrave was our only medal winner, coming second in the 75m hurdles final in a PB time of 12.37 and then jumping 1.47m to win silver in the high jump.
Well done to all who represented the club at these championships, and thank you to their coaches, as well as the club officials who helped make the event possible.
ESM results summary:
Senior men: 200m: (h1) 4 Myron Landez 24.9; 400m: 3 Rowan Board 52.97; 800m: 9 Angelo John 2:14.63; 1500m: 3 Mohamed Hashi 4:17.58; 6 Philip York 5:30.65
U20 men: 100m: 6 Desmond Ofasi 11.54; (h1) 5 Kamau Muhammad 12.3; 1500m: 1 Mukhtar Farah 4:18.35; 2 Oliver Way 4:29.60; 800m: 4 Mukhtar Farah 2:04.95; 3000m: 1 George Kerry 9:15.53
U15 Boys: 100m: (h3) 2 Tristan Collins-Marsh 25.11; (h2) 4 Michael Kouwiloyan 28.06; 200m: 5 Tristan Collins-Marsh 25.40; 800m: 5 Michael Kouwiloyan 2:35.29
U13 Boys: 100m: 5 Zack Clarke-Green 13.51; 6 Theo Jarrett 14.72; (h1) 3 Theo Jarrett 14.75; 200m: 4 Zack Clarke-Green 28.97; LJ: 4 Zack Clarke-Green 4.36
Senior women: PV: 1 Helen Leadbetter 2.60; DT: 3 Debbie McCaw 30.15; HT: 1 Debbie McCaw 44.99; 2 Tracey Gould 33.61
U20 women: 400m: 2 Laura Stewart 63.01; 1500m: 3 Nicola Ravenhill 4:51.72; 400mH: 1 Laura Stewart 69.40; TJ: 2 Isha Habib 10.70; SP: 2 Zoya Styles 7.97; HT: 2 Zoya Styles 39.54; JT: 2 Zoya Styles 17.72
U17 women: 100m: (h1) 5 Lottie Horton 13.38; 300mH: 1 Feia Starkey 48.74; SP: 1 Chloe Mowatt 8.6; HT: 1 Chloe Mowatt 28.39; JT: 4 Yoanna Aleksandrova 21.08
U15 women: 100m: (h1) 6 Aaliyah Thomas-Opoku 14.30; 75mH: 2 Estelle Belgrave 12.37; HJ: 2 Estelle Belgrave 1.47
Full results on power of 10