Athletics Report - 24 Feb 2019

Relatively few WSEH athletes made the long trip to Leeds on Saturday to contest the National Cross Country Championships, the majority being young athletes with even this age group suffering absentees due to the clash with schools half term.
Even so those that were in attendance gave good account of themselves returning home with two sets of team medals.
The Under 17 Girls secured the silver team awards. Best of the quartet was Amy Young in 18th place in 18m59. Molly Jones was not far adrift in 35th place in 19m32 with Ellie Van Heerde also in touch in 40th place in 19m45. There was a wait until Kate Clutterbuck appeared in 88th place in 20m49 but good enough to ensure the silver team medals behind winners Herne Hill Harriers.
The U15 Girls suffered loss of athletes due to the holidays but still rose to the occasion to notch the Bronze team medals behind winners Blackheath & Bromley AC. Best of the four WSEH athletes that toed the start line proved to be Charlotte Dewar who was 18th in 15m55. Eloise Harris was next to cross the finish with her 35th place in 16m12. Jasmine Young was next home in 60th place on 16m29 with relative newcomer Jessica Hatch completing the team scoring in 75th place on 16m42.
The U15 Boys team was also reduced to just four WSEH athletes. Best of the quartet was Sam Hodgson in 18th place in 14m15. Luke Hynes had his usual steady run to place 27th in 14m22 but there was a gap before Will Goddard appeared in 84th place in 14m58, with the final team spot being secured by new boy Luke Birdseye in 137th place in 15m20. The WSEH team placed 6th behind winners Aldershot & Farnham AC.
The WSEH Under 13 Boys produced a similar team performance with 7th place – winners this time being South London Harriers. The squad was led home by Sam Johnson in 38th place in10m51. Julian Abass was not far adrift in 52nd place in 11m00 with Ben Dewar following in 68th place in 11m14. The team was completed by Nathan Rollins in 82nd spot. There were two other WSEH runners in George Thomas and Meher Baga.
There was just one WSEH athlete in the U13 Girls race – Rachel Clutterbuck finishing a useful 25th in 11m56.
Similarly, Dan Brookling was the only WESH competitor in the U20 Mens race – taking 78th place in 31m55

WSEH were also short of athletes in both the Senior Ladies and Senior Mens races. Charlotte Firth was the best of the Senior Ladies with her 45th place in 31m52 with Natalie Thompson 395th in 31m32.
For the Senior Men Simon Millett (175th) and James Tidd (257th) flew the WSEH colours – there was a massive field on over 2000 runners in this race.

With the Cross Country season now virtually over WSEH can reflect on a highly successful season with honours being delivered by the ‘young athlete’ teams at Southern Area level and now National level – a tribute to the coaching expertise being delivered by husband and wife team John and Shireen Higgins.

National U20,U17, U15 Championships – Sheffield
A number of WSEH AC athletes made the journey to Sheffield at the weekend to compete in the National U20/U17/U15 Championships with good effect.
The Jumps events saw WSEH athletes amongst the medals.
In the U15 Long Jump Katy Beadle grabbed gold with her leap of 5m59. Jodie Smith was the silver medallist in the U20 High Jump with her clearance of 1m77. She was also 7th in the Long jump with 5m67. Another silver medal resulted in the U20 Triple Jump from newcomer Claudimira Landin with her 12m43 effort.
The 60m races saw a 6th place in the Heats for U17 Karl Rizvi in 7.41 secs. Alex Stirzaker was 7th in his U15 heat in 8.00secs as was Demari Gumbs in his heat with 8.33 secs. Kitty Jones was the lone WSEH female athlete in the U20 60m – finishing 7th in her Heat in 8.27secs.
Karl Rizvi was back in action in the U17 200m, finishing 5th in his U17 heat in a pb of 23.27secs.
The 60m Hurdles proved a popular event for those WSEH athletes present. Jodie Smith was 4th in her U17 Heat in 8.87secs. Abby Mesqualier was 8th in her U17 Semi Final in 9.32secs. Sophia Martin was another competitor – finishing 8th in her Heat in 10.10secs.
Laurie Sutcliffe was the lone WSEH male athlete, finishing 6th in his U17 heat in 9.17secs.
Isla Brown made the Semi Finals of the U15 hurdles, clocking 9.74secs for 7th spot. Others in the U15 Heats were Nina Balut (10.44secs), Alexia Martin (9.96secs) and Chanel Lovelock (10.14secs). Lovelock went on to compete in the U15 Shot event with a 9th place on 10m07.