Southern Athletics League – Perivale – Sat 19 Apr 2014

After our promotion to Division Two last season, we were pleased to finish this first match of the season in second, just 25 points behind Herts Phoenix and well clear of both St Albans and Highgate. Our team was a mixture of youth and experience, with ages ranging from 15 to 63, and we placed first in 20 of the events.

Our sprinters scored good points with Michael Obiri-Darko and Sean Buckeridge winning the A and B strings of the 100m and 200m respectively. In the 400m A and B races, D’yon Christopher (pictured) and Will Lord each ran a personal best for third and second spot respectively. Simon Swigon won the sprint hurdles. Not to be outdone, Eldika Edwards won both the 100m and 200m, with a personal best over the 100m and an outdoor personal best over the 200m. In a busy afternoon, relative novice Rosie Barreto competed well in her first outing over the sprint hurdles.

With a persistent headwind taking its toll, performances in the middle distance races were solid rather than sparkling, though Chris Hepworth put in a good season’s opener in the 1500m A race, while in the B race Mukhtar Farah continued his return from injury, with his best so far this season.

The female throwers outshone the men. Despite carrying a long-term injury, Debbie McCaw won the hammer, shot and B string discus, and also threw a good season’s opener in the javelin. Her winning hammer throw ranked her fifth best female athlete of the match. Tracey Gould won B string hammer with her best throw of the season so far. In the discus, Siobhan Drummond also continued her good start to the season with a win in the A string. For the men, M60 Bob Densley threw a personal best with the 7.26kg shot.

In the jumps, the women excelled, with Emma Gayler winning both long and triple jump. Emma’s winning long jump ranked her third best female athlete of the match. For the men, Nakye Dawkins won the B string triple jump in his first competitive outing at this event, while Joel Wynter won the B long jump. Martin Densley competed in a range of events, and did just enough to win the pole vault, his specialist event.

Well done to all who competed, including the many who took the opportunity to gain valuable experience as non-scorers. We covered almost all events, so let’s try and keep up the momentum at the next match, which is at Harrow on May 17th.
Results summary


100m: A: 1 Michael Obiri-Darko (U23) 11.38; B: 1 Sean Buckeridge 11.75; 200m: A: 1 Michael Obiri-Darko (U23) 23.36; B: 1 Sean Buckeridge 23.85; 400m: A: 3 D’yon Christopher (U20) 53.68; B: 2 Will Lord (U17) 53.49; 800m: A: 3 Mohammed Hashi (U23) 2:03.31; B: 3 Seb Zajackowski (U23) 2:05.76; 1500m: A: 2 Chris Hepworth 4:09.55; B: 2 Mukhtar Farah (U17) 4:26.88; 5000m: A: 4 Archie Allen (U23) 17:22.51; B: 3 Mark Delahunty (M40) 17:49.73; 110mH: A: 1 Szymon Swigon (U23) 19.54; B: 3 Luke Nicholas 67.29; 400mH: A: 2 Szymon Swigon (U23) 69.18; B: 2 Luke Nicholas 7:00.25; 2000mSC: A: 1 Rob Brown (M45) 7:32.40; HJ: A: 3 Martin Densley 1.70; B: 1 Chris Hepworth 1.55; PV: A: 1 Martin Densley 3.60; B: 2 Luke Nicholas 1.80; LJ: B: 4 Nakye Dawkins (U20) 5.48; A: 1 Joel Wynter (U17) 5.38; TJ: A: 2 Joel Wynter (U17) 11.16; B: 1 Nakye Dawkins 11.02; SP: A: 4 Martin Densley 8.01; B: 2 Bob Densley (M60) 7.51; DT: A: 3 Martin Densley 22.73; B: 3 Bob Densley (M60) 15.45; HT: A: 3 Karolis Narvilas (U17) 24.67; B: 2 Bob Densley (M60) 21.40; JT: A: 3 Angelo John (M40) 35.04; B: 3 Mohammed Hashi 21.50


100m: A: 1 Eldika Edwards (U20) 12.55; B: 2 Angelique Avery (U20) 13.58; 200m: A: 1 Eldika Edwards (U20) 26.03; B: 4 Angelique Avery (U20) 28.63; 400m: A: 4 Besirat Tesfu (U17) 71.52; B: 2 Shim Amin 68.58; 800m: A: 3 Erica Wallace (U17) 2:31.84; B: 2 Pat Thomas (W45) 2:53.53; 1500m: A: 3 Courtney Marshall (U17) 5:19.51; 3000m: A: 3 Grazina Narviliene (W40) 11:46.60; B: 1 Pat Thomas (W45) 13:08.49; 100mH: A: 3 Rosie Barreto (U20) 20.63; B: 2 Shim Amin; 20.99; 400mH: A: 3 Shim Amin; 79.51; B: 3 Rosie Barreto (U20) 90.39; HJ: B: 2 Eldika Edwards (U20) 1.45; A: 2 Besirat Tesfu (U17) 1.25; PV: A: 3 Grazina Narviliene (W40) 1.80; LJ: A: 1 Emma Gayler 5.44; B: 3 Besirat Tesfu (U17) 4.24; TJ: A: 1 Emma Gayler 10.85; B: 2 Lara Kotecha (U20) 8.60; SP: A: 1 Debbie McCaw 10.13; B: 4 Rosie Barreto (U20) 6.42; DT: A: 1 Siobhan Drummond (U20) 32.53; B: 1 Debbie McCaw 28.20; HT: A: 1 Debbie McCaw 43.93; B: 1 Tracey Gould (W35) 34.43; JT: A: 3 Debbie McCaw 26.10; B: 3 Siobhan Drummond (U20) 18.94


Men: 100m: 1 Reuben Fleary (U20) 11.85; 2 William Lord (U17) 12.02; 3 Nakyle Dawkins (U17) 12.22; 5 Jeremy Polluk (U20) 12.70; 200m: 1 Kaze Morrison(U17) 28.38; 400m: 1 Stewart Davis 53.87; 2 Kaze Morrison (U17) 62.87; 800m: 1 Charlie Sillett (U17); 2:08.26; 2 Angelo John (M40) 2:09.98; 3 Akira Jackson SM 2:28.17

Women: 100m: 1 Siobhan Drummond (U20) 14.21 LJ: 1 Samantha Wembi (U20) 3.76 TJ: 1 Rosie Barreto (U20) 8.64 JT: 1 Rosie Barreto (U20) 16.34

Full results here