Tremayne Gilling bounced back from an injury jinxed Summer season to time an impressive 6.68 for the 60 metres at the London Indoor Games at Lee Valley. This equalled the Blackheath & Bromley athlete's best for the event. More impressive performances came in the womens race as Montell Douglas’ time of 7.34 is the second fastest by a Briton so far this Winter. Third fastest is first year Under 20 Dina Asher Smith who set a new best of 7.36 winning her race by .24 of a second. Grace Sheppard celebrated her recent 21st birthday with a new best of 7.74.
More good news came in the 400 metre races where Dan Putnam set a new indoor best of 47.93; Craig Morten timed 50.74; Lauren Bouchard 55.25 and Rachel Dickens 56.48. Like Dan’s time, Rachel’s was a new indoor best and is the second fastest by an under 20 in the country this year.
Rhiannon Jones also set a new best as she ran 9.23 in the 60 metre hurdles and Jess Jones set a seasons best of 2.24.36 in the 800.
In the field Mark Longhurst and Scott Huggins both cleared 4.75 in the pole vault with Rachel Arnheim reaching 3.30 and Christina Moore 3.00. Joe Lawrence leapt 7.24 and Javari Cameron 6.25 in the long jump while Lauren Blackie recorded 11.49 in the triple jump.
With the South Of England Cross Country Championships cancelled the Club’s runners were scraping around to find competition. Many fell back on the various Parkruns which take place across the country. Ian Frith won the 5km event at Norman Park in a time of 18.23 with James Perry 5th, Steve Pairman 9th, Andy Lawes 15th and Graham Coates 20th. Young Yasmin Austridge was the first female from the Club to finish in 43rd place with Chloe Haffenden 122nd and Chloe Kibblewhite 139th.
Sam Barnes won the event at Brockwell Park in a very useful 16.24. Leah Everson won the womens race at Orpington with Jessica Keene 13th, Joanna Clowes 20th and Karen Desborough 44th while Charlotte Stickings was first woman to finish at Greenwich in 13th place overall.
Missing from last weeks report was Brendan McShane’s 6th place in the event at Lloyd Park. The UK Womens League team manager, who recently bought a book of 5000 one liners in the Sales, believes this race is far tougher than the Norman Park event. He put his good performance down to running in the slipstream of cars until he is exhausted. Club members will have the opportunity to decide on the severity of the Lloyd Park course when they take part in an unofficial mob match which will be incorporated into the event on the 9th of March.
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