Wet, wild and windy. The weather that is, not our athletes, but it did mean personal bests were hard to come by. After a promising start to this year’s Southern Athletics League, we struggled for points at the second meeting, and we finished third, well behind hosts Harrow AC. On a wet and windy day, but many of our athletes put in a commendable effort across a range of events. The day was also not without its highlights, with a number of clear wins for both the men’s and the women’s squads.
For the men, there was a string of victories in the middle and long distances, courtesy of Ben Waterman, Mukhtar Farah, Jamie Taylor-Caldwell, Sam Ashcroft and Chris Hepworth, along with Nick Landeau in the 400m hurdles. Nick, Mukhtar, Ben and Jamie rounded off their efforts nicely with a swift time and a resounding victory in the 4x400m relay. In the sprints, Sean Buckeridge and Kema Egbunike did sterling service with two second places each over 100m and 200m. In the field, U20 Joel Wynter made his season’s debut with a PB in both the horizontal jumps.
The women’s squad felt the lack of their sprinters, but there were some good results in the middle distances, boosted by the attendance of some of our U17 athletes. Erica Wallace recently clocked her first sub-5 minute 1500m and built on this breakthrough with a winning PB in the 800m B race. Laura Stewart won the 400m hurdles in her first attempt at this distance, while Nicola Ravenhill also ran a competitive 1500m, finishing second. Kat Mertens won the 400m and 800m with times approaching her best, whilst also finding the energy to run the 200m, the 1500m and throw the javelin! (Not overlooking Shim Amin, who competed in six events, adding valuable points to the tally). In the field, there was another win for triple jump specialist Kamile Bykovaite, while the throws team of Debbie McCaw, Tracey Gould and Siobhan Drummond took full marks in the B strings of the discus, hammer and javelin respectively. Newcomer Abigale Chawley Gentles took second place in the B string of the shot.
ESM Results summary
Full results here