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UK Athletics

UK athletes in Bank Holiday action

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UK Challenge Champion Andy Frost hurled the hammer 70.43m to help Woodford Green with Essex Ladies defeat Birchfield Harriers in an inter-club match on Guernsey on Monday 28 August.

The throw, 1.24m further than his winning distance at the previous day’s UK Challenge Final in Manchester, came during a consistent series in which two throws went beyond 70m and three further than 69m.


Two Aldershot, Farnham and District teenagers excelled in Guernsey. Less than a fortnight after spending her 17th birthday preparing to run the IAAF World Junior Championships 1500m, Steph Twell won the 800m in 2:09.21 and clocked a 5000m PB of 16:06.33 in a mixed race against Senior Men. Charlie Purdue, aged 15, was second in the 800m in 2:14.52 and won the 1500m in 4:36.07.

Bonne Buwembo (Havering Mayesbrook) threw the Under 17 Men’s javelin 65.12m at the Peterborough Open, the furthest by a UK Under 17 his year and 16th best ever – an emphatic sign that he has fully recovered from the finger ligament injury sustained when throwing previous UK lead of 62.62m at Woodford on 22 April.


Marlon Devonish (Coventry Godiva Harriers) was the most successful of the UK athletes at the IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in Rieti, Italy, on Sunday 27 August. He was fourth in the 200m (wind: -0.9) in 20.59 seconds, within six-hundredths of his season’s best. European Champion Francis Obikwelu (Portugal) won in 20.20 with Christopher Williams (Jamaica) second in 20.38 and Uchenna Emedolu (Nigeria) third in 20.57.


A UK endurance running trio found the altitude too much in the 1500m, won by Bernard Lagat (Algeria) in 3:31.58. European 5000m Silver medallist Mo Farah (Newham and Essex Beagles) finished 12th in 3:38.02 with Andy Baddeley (Harrow) 13th in 3:41.75 and Mike East (Newham) jogging home 15th in 3:47.56 as he continued to strive to race himself back to fitness after his long injury lay-off. Despite head winds, there was some fine sprinting at the South of England Inter-Counties match at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Eton, on Saturday 26 August.


Deji Tobais (Bedford and County) won the Under 15 Boys’ 100m in 10.99, a PB by one hundredth of a second and the fastest legal time in the UK in the age group this summer – into a –1.0 metres per second wind. Second in 11.10 was the AAA Under 15 Champion Dijon Archer (Herne Hill Harriers).

Tobais was almost as impressive in the 200m (wind: -0.5). He won in 22.34 seconds, a championships record, but nine-hundredths adrift of his PB.


Dan Putnam (Blackheath and Bromley) lowered the Under 15 Boys’ 400m championships record to 51.55 seconds, only 0.45sec shy of his PB set at the Sainsbury’s English Schools’ Championships at Gateshead last month.


In a fabulous 800m Final in the same age group, the leading two dipped under the Power of 10 UK target for Under 15 Boys of 2:02.00. Rikkie Letch (Aldershot, Farnham and District) won in 2:01.36, a massive improvement on his previous PB of 2:03.1. Zac Randall (Ealing, Southall and Middlesex) took the Silver medal in 2:01.60, a PB by a little over a second.


Three of the UK’s leading four Under 15 triple jumpers put on a great show – and turned the form book upside down. Babatunde Amosu (Surrey), who went into the competition fourth in the season’s rankings with a best of 12.70m, won with a great PB of 12.83m (wind: +0.2) in the first round and immediately followed up with 12.64m (+0.9). Olumaseyi Oyeuobi (Middlesex), second in the season’s rankings with 12.98m, took the Silver medal on count back – dramatically reaching 12.55m (wind: 0.0) with his fourth and final attempt. Dwyte Smith (Ashford AC), top of the UK rankings for the year with 13.67m, also reached 12.55m (+0.5), in the second round. But his second-best effort on the day, 11.83m (-0.3) left him with the Bronze medal because Oyeuobi’s second-best, also in round two, was 12.13m (+0.4).


Michael Wheeler (Herne Hill Harriers), the UK’s third-ranked Under 15 Boy shot putter of all-time, improved his PB to 18.49m in winning his title.


Anthony Oshodi (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) moved up to sixth in the UK Under 15 Boys’ all-time discus rankings by winning with a third round throw of 50.48m, a PB by 1.20m that takes him further clear at the top of the season’s rankings.


The UK’s current No.1 hammer thrower in the age group, Andrew Jordan (Blackheath and Bromley) won as expected, reaching 57.44m in the third round and 58.72m with his final effort. To complete an impressive set of throws Champions, Alex Probodziak (Thames Valley) improved his javelin best by 1.25m, reaching 50.47m with his first attempt.


Jordan Henwood (Newquay and Par) won the Under 15 Boys’ pole vault at 3.30m while James Alcock (Medway and Maidstone) got to within 1cm of his PB with a first round leap of 6.24m (wind: 0.0) that earned him the title.


Ellie Besford (Chelmsford) soared to the top of the Under 15 Girls’ pole vault rankings for the season by clearing 3.10m at the third attempt. It added 30cm to her previous best.  Chloe Galloway (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies) added a centimetre to her high jump PB in winning the Under 15 Girls’ title with a second-attempt clearance at 1.65m.


Helen Broadbridge (Newbury) won the Under 15 Girls’ discus with 32.63m. Isobel Jeffs (North Devon) maintained her domination of the javelin in the age group, winning with 35.72m.

Despite being almost 3m down on her best, Rachel Blackie (Blackheath and Bromley) set a championships record of 53.82m in winning the Under 20 Women’s hammer.


Joscelynn Hopeson (Surrey) won the Under 20 Women’s 100m (wind: -0.3) in 11.89 seconds and the 200m (wind: -0.1) in a season’s best of 24.19. Shani Rainford (Herne Hill Harriers) won the Under 20 Women’s high jump at 1.74m, 9cm above her nearest rival. Her club mate, Jade Dodd, won the javelin with 42.45m.


Chloe Edwards (Huntingdon) dominated the Under 20 Women’s shot with a best of 13.43m and added the discus Gold with a final effort of 38.98m – and returned to Eton the following day with Team Cambridge for the National Junior League Southern Promotion Match and performed even better: she won the shot (13.48m) and discus (42.31m).


The wind turned round for the SEAA Under 20 Men’s 100m final, featuring two of the Norwich Union GB medallists from the recent IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing. The fickle breeze measured +0.3 as Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Sutton and District) breezed home in 10.39 seconds, only rwo-hundredths slower than the time with which he became World Junior Champion, and only four-hundredths ahead of his Bronze medal-winning 4x100m partner in Beijing, Wade Bennett-Jackson (Belgrave Harriers).


Joe Ive (also Belgrave) cleared a championships record 5.00m at the first attempt, within 10cm of his PB, to win the Under 20 pole vault title.


The UK’s current triple jump No.1 in the age group, Matthew Burton (Kent) got to within 4cm of his best with a last round leap of 15.24m (wind: 0.0). His three other attempts – 14.69 (+0.2), 14.85 (+0.2), and 14.57 (+0.4) would all have been good enough for victory.


Keiron McConnell (Marshall Milton Keynes) won the shot with 16.62m, 3cm shy of the PB that currently places him second in the UK Under 20 Men’s rankings for this season.


Chris Griffith-Parker (Cambridge Harriers) threw the discus 48.32m for victory, 4cm ahead of Chris Scott (Guildford and Godalming).


Joe Waller (Horsham Blue Star) rediscovered his early season form to win the javelin with 57.12m.

If you are aware of any more performances that should be added to this round-up, please email the details to Trevor Frecknall at tfrecknall@hotmail.com