London Games (Indoor)

Club records continued to tumble at the London Games in Lee Valley over the weekend of 23/24 January 2016. The weekend was for the under 13, under 15 and under 17 age groups with the older athletes competing next weekend.

On Saturday, Josh Akinwumi ran his first round under 17 60m hurdles and came out the blocks slowly. He soon got his stride and charged through to win his heat in a third best time of the round of 8.50s a new club record. The second round of races were two hours later and Josh, now matched with the 7 fastest first round times came out the blocks well, maybe too well. He hit the second hurdle but that didn't stop him finishing fourth in a time of 8.45s still lowering the club record and his personal best.

Ella Robinson ran the under 15 girls 800m and went with the eventual winner of the race, finishing second with a time of 2:28.74 a new club record and a massive 12 seconds quicker than her previous outdoor best time for the distance. The day before Kelsi Ellis did the same feat in the under 17 ladies 800m, beating her time from the same meeting last year by 11 seconds. Kelsi had the unfortunate eventuality when her race was coming round for the first lap, the fire alarm went off and as they came back to the line they were taken off the track to leave the building along with everyone else. when they returned, the athletes were given a short break for the 300m races and then went back to the track. As with the first start, Kelsi followed the tail of the leader and as they heard the bell she momentarily took the lead only to be caught out by an athlete coming from the back of the pack. Kelsi stuck with it, closed the gap down the back staright and attacked that athlete in the closing 100m coming round her on the bend to take the tape. Her time recorded of 2:28.13 set a new club indoor record and personal best indoor time.

Jasmine Allen was competing in the same events as she had for the Northern Championships and once again had to go straight from her under 17 long jump to the 60m. In the long jump she had been frustrated by the run up with one of the only times when she managed to hit the board, it was given as a foul. She still recorded a good 4.82m before running across the infield to her start line for the 60m. The work she had just undertaken meant that she struggled to get going but still recorded a respectable time of 8.45. In the second round of races she improved this time to 8.40s in an extremely close race from the gun. Six of the seven athletes started simultaneously but it was Jas who had the strength at the end to take the win on the line.

Ken Maggs

PS Note from Ken: A brief report on the weekends indoor races at Lee Valley although I have to admit to not being able to attend on Sunday so information a bit sketchy. There are also a couple of results I do not know and will send to you as soon as I can get them.