Competition Round Up w/e 24th August
The fourth week of open competitions in the Covid-delayed season saw the sprinters take advantage of the following breeze to post a series at career bests at Chelmsford and Dagenham.
The midweek Chelmsford sprints event saw Jacob Blanc step down to the 100m with a swift PB time and Aaliyah Payne opened her outdoor season with an impressive career-best clocking, both in the Under 17 age groups while Emma Ramsden took a chunk off her best in winning her Under 20 race. James Campbell had his first outdoor race in the Under 13s.
The well attended BFTTA event at the Jim Peters Stadium on Sunday drew a big entry and again the sprinters were favoured by the following winds. Under 17 Ridwan Salaam posted the quickest 100m time by a club sprinter this summer and younger sibling Al-Ameen Salaam clocked his fastest ever in the Under 15 competition, as did fellow Under 15 Chris Agnimel in his season opener. Rhys Cole also improved her best winning impressively her the Under 15 girls’ race.
The athletes in the longer races were not so lucky, facing headwinds for half the lap, so the PBs achieved by Jacob Blanc in winning the Under 17 400m and Matthew Blacklock’s 800m best in the same age group suggest faster times are in prospect when weather conditions are more favourable.
Chelmsford Sprints Evening, Chelmsford 19th August 2020
100m: Jacob Blanc (U17M) 11.49w PB; Aaliyah Payne (U17W) 12.37w PB; Karis Thomas 12.53w; Emma Ramsden (U20W) 12.81s PB; Uche Okpalauko (U17W) 13.02s; Paige Robinson (U17W) 13.02w; Cassie Campbell (U15G) 13.55w; James Campbell (U13B) 16.48w PB
BFTTA Open, Jim Peters Stadium, Mayesbrook Park, Dagenham 23rd August 2020
100m: Ridwan Salaam (U17M) 11.27w PB; Al-Ameen Salaam (U15B) 11.66w PB; Chris Agnimel U15B) 12.02w PB; Rhys Cole 12.69w PB; Uche Okpalauko (U17W) 12.91s; Paige Robinson (U17W) 12.97w; Cassie Campbell (U15G) 13.55w
300m: Stephanie Okoro (U15G); 42.87s; Alice Brown (U17W) 43.74s; Lucy Nattrass (U15G) 46.34s Alice Atkins (U17W) 46.57;
400m Matthew Agnimel (Senior) 50.62s; Jacob Blanc (U17M) 52.36s PB
800m: Matthew Blacklock 2:06.28 PB; Maddie Barker (U17W) 2:26.15s.