There was most certainly an excellent turnout for the presentation evening for our young athletes and how excellently it was organized as team managers provided details of athletes about to receive awards.
Taking the under 13 boys first most outstanding performance has to be from Fred Ferman whose 4m 35.57s eclipsed the club record set in 2018 and put him in at number eight in the UK. Others to receive awards were Zachery Ikharebore (sprints), Benjamin Ryder (hurdles), Jake Read (jumps), and Nicholas Cracknell (throws) whilst Oscar Stollery, Dominic Grant, Khayi Fakazi and George Dixon`s contribution to the team as they contested numerous events - and with success.
Highlight of the under 13 girls - well Saya Saunders also improved on the 2018 club record when she hurled the javelin out to 31.36 metres. Rose Phillips (sprints), Amy Hockley (hurdles), Isobella Eida (middle distance), Shindra Ayo-Adeyemo (throws) were joined by Francesca Hopper, Ava King, Olivia Mullineaux & Erin Kelly whose points contribution in the EYAL made a big impact on each meeting.
Three club records from the under 15 year boys - Sam Steadman over 300m with 36.29s eclipsed the previous best set in 2016 whilst also being part of the 4 x 300m team improving the record of 2015. Also part of this team Daniel Brown with 3271 points set a new pentathlon record. Marcus Fazackerley and Jacob Skamla completed the squad. Harry Lee (hurdles), Charlie Pyner (jumps), Ben Smith (middle distance), Jeremy Anderson (throws) plus Arsenii Handzil and Josh Eida for consistency in turn out and performances.
The under 15 year girls and yet more club records - Amelie Scott with 11.09 for the triple jump and part of the4 x 400 team improving the previous set 40 years by running 49.70s. Milana Thorpe (hurdles), Katie Case (pentathlon) and Chelsea Clarke were also members of the team. A record also for the 3 x 800 team comprising Ezrah Harrold, Lottie Wilkin and Hetty Harrison with their 7m 12.04s improving on the 2019 time. Alicja Yalajo (sprints), Maddie Poulter (throws) together with Josephie Walsh and Niamh Roberts for consistency received awards. But the top award went to Matilda Hewitt for her club record of 37.57m in the discus whilst also scoring heavily throughout the season in other throwing events.
Awards to the under 17 women went to Emmie Fulker (sprints), Sophie Catchpole (hurdles), Alicia Fairmaner (jumps), Sophie Moore (throws), Gabby Biblie (middle distance) together with Mia Bowring, Skye Lake, Ellie Gosling and Sophia Gavrilovic for consistency in their turn out and filling in for events where needed.
One name stood out in the under 17 men - Sam Wright. Winner at all levels through to the UK octathlon titles, ranked number one in the country with 5435 points in that event, number two with 13.30s for the hurdles, number two with 7.21m for the long jump. Not surprising then that his name appears on the club record list for these events. Despite his busy schedule he still fitted in club meetings. Other award winners were Harry Marshall (sprints), Ed Hughes (hurdles)- another doing 15 events during the EYAL series as indeed did Stephen Adesinia, Jacob Hurrell (middle distance), Morrie Nash (throws) plus Jack Gilbert, Harry Storey, Ben Watley and Archie Sims for contribution to our success.
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Report written and compiled by Roy Meadowcroft