On a wet and windy weekend, several ESM track athletes travelled to Lee Valley to compete in the Middlesex County Indoor Championships, writes Phil York. Those that warmed up on the outdoor track in the blustery conditions were glad to move back indoors to test themselves on the banked 200m track.
Nicola Ravenhill won the U20 1500m in 4:53.10, a championship best performance and only just shy of her personal best (indoors and out). The previous day Nicola had represented Middlesex in the English Schools' Cross Country Championships in Norwich, finishing 66th over the 4km course.
Photo of Nicola reproduced by kind permission of Hazel Dunlop Photography (www.hazeldunlop.com)
Laura Stewart, coached by Pat Cornell, was the club's other gold medallist, winning the U20 400m in a personal best of 62.12 (see photo on right). In the U17 age category, Cameron Thomas qualifies to run the unusual distance of 300m, which involves an interesting lane break situation for the athletes. Cameron was unlucky to miss out on a medal, finishing fourth in 48.53 seconds.
Distance runners can be excused for feeling dizzy when competing indoors, as the races comprise twice as many laps as outdoors - go do the math! Lucy O'Brien was delighted to finish second in the U17 800m, but was a little disappointed with her time of 2:32.56 - this was partly due to an official forgetting to ring the bell with one lap to go.
Phil York finished fifth in Saturday's senior men’s 800m, setting a season’s best and relieved that the race was run as a straight final. He returned the following day to snatch a bronze medal in the 1500m.
In the sprints, Desmond Ofasi was unlucky not to make the final of the U20 60 metre dash, recording 7.38 in his heat. 400m specialist William Lord set a PB of 7.17 in the heats of the senior men’s 60m, but also failed to make the final.
The Middlesex championships were held jointly with Herts and Kent, and provided a useful opportunity for the athletes to test themselves ahead of the outdoor season.
Full results here
We had four representatives at the prestigious English Schools' Cross Country Championships on Saturday.
For the men, George Kerry finished 78th in a field of 324, (in his first year in the Senior Boys age category), and was the second scorer in the London team.
For the women, Nicola Ravenhill finished 66th in a field of 301, followed by Jessica Leane (145th) and Jess Harbert (211th). Nicola was the first scorer for the Middlesex team, Jessica was third and Jess was fifth.
Full results here
Congratulations to U20s Nicola Ravenhill and Laura Stewart, who won the 1500m and 400m respectively at this weekend's Middlesex Indoor Championships, Nicola setting a championship best performance.
In terms of the team performances, the U17 men won. The U15 boys were well represented and finished third; Sudeys was backed up by Arun, Chauncey, Kirk, Matteo and Kai.
Maryam Hussain and Roisin Lynch helped the U17 women to second place behind Jessica, while the U15 girls’ team was nudged out of third place by just one point, despite fielding just Anisa and Fiona Coutts.
A round of applause to all the young athletes who have turned out for the club this cross country season, and a big thank you to all coaches, team managers, officials and other volunteers who have given their time and expertise so generously. Check the website and Facebook page for details of the upcoming Awards evening... and please return cups and trophies as soon as possible, so they can be engraved in time!
ESM results summary
U11G (1200m): 44 I. Lo 6:30
U13G (2000m): 26 Athena Freemantle 9:21
U15G (3000m): 3 Anisa Ibrahim 11:17; 10 Fiona Coutts 11:53
U17W (4000m): 1 Jessica Leane 16:48; 10 Maryam Hussain 19:07; 12 Roisin Lynch 19:49
U11B (2000m): 25 Alec Edgar 8:26; 53 J. Nnatu 11:02
U13B (3000m): 15 Najiib Hersi 10:53; 21 Mohamed Ibrahim 11:17; 25 Finn Combe 11:27; 34 Louis Saint 12:17
U15B (4000m): 2 Sudeys Hersi 14:33; 7 Arun Manget 15:37; 18 Chauncey Edwards 17:05; 21 Kirk Lebdiri 17:23; 24 Matteo Lamagna 17:48; 25 Kai English 18:04
U17M (4700m): 1 John Fielding 16:18; 3 George Kerry 16:40
Link to full results will follow on PowerOf10.
Tracey Gould picked up a silver medal in the W40 hammer throw. Margins are tight in this game, and Tracey's 30.72m best effort was only a metre behind the winner.
Patricia Thomas (pictured) finished second in the W50 800m, taking home her first ever national medal. Carol Jones was delighted with her silver medal in the W55 1500m, recording an indoor PB of 6:05.88.
And didn't we have a long debate over shall I/shan't I wear spikes! Angelo John felt that his speed has suffered as a result of a long cross country season, but was satisfied with his 2:15.59 clocking in the M40 800m - we think this may be an inaugural Masters age group record for St Vincent & The Grenadines. Your correspondent, having given away the ladies’ ages, is left hanging on for his next birthday (and a new age group) after recording a season’s best in the M50 800m.
Full results in PowerOf10: Indoor events and outdoor long throws
The free six month subs extension following the change of subs date is drawing to a close and annual subs are due from April 1st. Once these are received, your EA registration will be renewed for another year. Below are details of the amounts due, depending on membership category. Online payment by direct transfer is preferred but otherwise you can still pay Lynn Wilson (or any club official) by cash or cheque. If you pay cash, please ensure it is recorded in the receipts book kept in the kitchen, and that you are given the counterfoil.
Membership fees (as of 1 Apr 2017):
2nd claim members £35
Under 18 yrs and students living at home £35
Students living away from home £25
less 20% for family membership
Ealing Tri associate members £25
Electronic Banking: Ealing Southall & Middlesex Athletic Club, Sort code: 77-91-33, Account 09053468.
Please ensure you put your name as a reference and email Lynn Wilson to confirm that the payment has been made.
Cheque: Please make cheques payable to Ealing Southall & Middx AC. This can either be passed on via an official at the track or posted to Lynn Wilson, Assistant Treasurer. Please email Lynn Wilson for postal address details.
Cash: Please hand to your coach or an official at the track and ensure you pick up a receipt.
For more details of the benefits of England Athletics registration, visit: http://www.englandathletics.org/page.asp…
This year we will compete in two leagues;
Under 11s, U13s and U15s will compete in the new Middlesex Young Athletes League.
This league is made up of clubs from North and West London, so journeys will be short. There will be a shorter timetable, with meetings only lasting 4 hours.
Under 17s and U20s will continue to compete in the Youth Development League (YDL Upper Age Group). This year we will be forming a composite team with St Mary’s Richmond. This will give us a stronger team with a better chance of promotion.
Under 17s and Under 20s will also be able to compete in the Southern Athletics League (SAL) alongside Senior athletes. Other dates are marked in black.
To compete in any of these fixtures, athletes must be paid up members of the club with England Athletics registration numbers. Ensure you have signed up and paid before the season starts
Date; Fixture; Venue;
April 15th, Saturday SAL Yeovil
April 22nd, Saturday Middlesex League Perivale
April 23rd, Sunday Mini Marathon Central London
April 30th, Sunday YDL Upper Age Group Guildford
May 13th, Saturday Middx Champs (U17/U20/Sen) Lee Valley
May 14th, Sunday Middx Champs (U13/U15) Lee Valley
May 20th, Saturday Middlesex League Finsbury Park
May 21st, Sunday SAL Walton
May 28th Sunday YDL, Upper Age Group Perivale
June 10th, Saturday U20 + Snr SEAA Champs Crystal Palace
June 11th, Sunday U20 + Snr SEAA Champs Crystal Palace
June 17th, Saturday SAL Perivale
June 18th, Sunday Middlesex League Parliament Hill
June 25th, Sunday YDL Upper Age Group Perivale
July 7th, Friday English Schools Birmingham
July 8th, Saturday English Schools Birmingham
July 8th, Saturday SAL Reading
July 15th, Saturday Middlesex League Copthall/Allianz Stadium
July 23th, Sunday YDL Upper Age Group Oxford
August 19th, Saturday SAL Perivale
August 19th, Saturday U15/U17 SEAA Champs Crystal Palace
Can Young Athletes
please try to available for all their respective league fixtures?
The YDL dates have been chosen to avoid the GCSE/A Level Exam periods.
Senior Men’s Team Bob Densley
Senior Women’s Team Tracey Gould & Debbie McCaw
U17/U20s Kay Stewart & Tim Hannah
U13/U15s Denise English & Bridie Lebdiri
Last year (2016) we had
great support from parents, especially in providing field judges for
Can all parents please continue to support us again
Our final winter fixture is the North West London League race at Wormwood Scrubs on Saturday March 4th.
We are not planning to run a minibus. If you need a lift contact the Team Managers.
Meet outside Lindford Christie Stadium, post code W12 0DF.
Come into London from Ealing on the A40, Western Avenue. Turn left at Savoy Circus onto Old Oak Common Lane. Take the second road on the right (Ducane Road). Go along Ducane road for ½ mile, under rail bridge and past prison on left. Immediately after prison and before Hammersmith Hospital turn left into Artillery Road. Plenty of free parking in car park.
East Acton tube (Central Line) is on Erconwald Street. Walk up street
to the Scrubs (300yds), walk across Scrubs behind the prison to
Linford Christie Stadium (a further 400yds). Bus 95 goes from
Greenford and from outside Tescos in Perivale, to Old Oak Common
1:00 p.m. U/11 Girls
1:10 p.m. Under 13 girls with U/11 Boys
1:30 p.m. Under 15 Girls with U/13 Boys
1:50 p.m. Under 17 Women with U/15 Boys
2:15 p.m. Under 17 Men
This is the last league
club cross country race of the year with a number of the team results
still up for grabs.
Our U17W are in a strong position to retain their positions. A number of ESM runners should also be individual medal winners.
Any queries; Tim Hannah 07734 021877 or Kay Stewart 07762 112574.
The Met League at Ally Pally was the last of the races counting towards this winter's XC championships. The championships were scored over your best five races so both Ben Waterman and Lucy Ellis fell one vital race short.
The winners and runners up were:
PS by tradition the women's senior champion is ineligible for the masters championships. The men don't have the same tradition.
National Cross Country Championship
Sat Feb 25th 2017 – Wollaton Park, Nottingham
Coach will leave from
outside Gurnell Swimming Pool at 7.00am. Contribution of £5.00 for
Please let us know if you are coming on the coach as soon as possible. If we do not have enough people for the coach, we will switch to a lower cost minibus.
Under 17 Women …5K – 11.00am
Under 15 Boys ……4.5K – 11.25am
Junior Women …….6K – 11.45am
Under 13 Girls …….3K - 12.15pm
Under 17 Men ……..6K – 12.35pm
Under 15 Girls …….4K – 13.00 pm
Junior Men ………..10K – 13.20pm
Under 13 Boys ……..3K -14.05pm
Senior Women ……..8K – 14.20pm
Senior Men ………...12K – 15.00pm
Any queries contact Tim Hannah (07734 021877) or Kay Stewart