Club Closed Meeting Hornchurch Sunday 13th September 2020
Fine weather and strong competition brought out the best in club athletes as Havering AC hosted a closed meeting at Hornchurch Stadium on Sunday. One club record fell and other result rewrote the club’s all-time ranking lists.
Talented prospect Al-Ameen Salaam has already made his mark in his first year in the Under 15 age group and Sunday was no exception as he set a new club 300m record in his first attempt at the distance. It was also the seventh fastest in Britain this year. There were also two other notable marks at the 300m race distance as Olivia Boachie’s winning time in the Under 17s was the third-best ever at the distance and Stephanie Okoro improved her best for the second-fastest ever by a club Under 15 to narrowly miss the fastest time in the UK this summer. Okoro also smashed her 75m hurdles best to lose out in a photo-finish with national indoor medallist Paris King, as the pair now rank joint second in Britain.
GB Under 18 international Max Law returned to competition to lead the GB Under 20 rankings and in a high-quality competition Peter Brinton-Quinn launched the 800 gm spear the fourth furthest ever by a club U20 and also fourth in Britain this year, while the throws of Oliver Woods and Bradley James rank them sixth and eighth-best in the club U20 all-time lists.
In the Under 17 discus Alice Brown improved her best with the third-longest ever by a club U17 female and Patrick McLean-Tattan’s new career-best took him to fifth-best club all time.
On the track Richard Akinyebo and Lewis Bailey could only be separated by the photo finish picture as Lewis got the verdict to equal his 100m PB which ranks 15th best ever by a club senior, and Richard clocked the same time to rank seventh in the all-time Under 20 lists. Ayo Babatunde got the upper hand on athletes with the fastest time to win the hotly contested Under 17 100m to go equal eight on the all-time rankings. Hurdler James With improved his best in the U17 100m hurdles to rank eight fastest all time, as Sam Sanusi came close to breaking his week-old club record for the event.
In the women’s 400m Nina Brennan put an injury affected few years behind her to clock the third fastest ever by a club W35 master, and her fastest since a serious injury over 10 years ago, while Tony Pecoraro set the third fastest 1500m time by a club M55 master.
On Wednesday (9th) two other club athletes posted fast times at the Chelmsford Sprints Evening. Karis Thiomas’100m PB was the eighth fastest ever by a club U17 and Jacob Blanc smashed his 200m career-best to edge into the U17 men’s top ten.