Another junior club record for Jeggo

A number of the club’s junior athletes took advantage of an open meeting at Lee Valley on Saturday.

In what proved to be difficult sprinting conditions, with a cold and swirling wind, all the athletes competed admirably on the back of their winter training.

Having been cajoled into her first individual 400m race, Rebecca Jeggo found herself up against the 2018 English Schools’ champion. She acquitted herself well, keeping in touch with the leader until the 250m mark, finishing third in a new Junior Harriers’ club record time of 57.92s.

In the 400m Jake Young ran a solid 50.19s running at a consistent pace over the race, despite a strong headwind on the back straight.

In the 100m and 200m events every athlete achieved a personal best in their race.

In the under 20 men’s 100m Daniel Jones had a successful afternoon running 11.00s (w +4.4). He also clocked 22.68s (w +1.4) in the 200m.

Under 17 Tanaka Maara ran 12.33s (w +3.4) in the 100m and, running over a second faster than last year in the 200m, clocked 24.39s (w +4.1).

From Ian Kelly’s group, under 15 Tilly Motts under 15 showed good technique in her first competition, recording a time of 13.36s (w +3.1). In the following heat there was a sea of green vests with under 15 Olivia Gillon nudging the win with a time of 13.65s, closely followed by under 15 Talia Wynter 13.72s and under 13 Hollie Martin-Whymark 13.84s (w +3.3).

In the 200m Tilly recorded 27.73s (w + 3.8). Olivia and Talia were again in the same heat running 28.58s and 28.67s respectively (w + 2.7). Hollie ran 29.25s (w +1.4) in her heat.

Special thanks to Rick Thompson who was the lone manual timekeeper at the event. Having to wear two Jackets and gloves Rick managed to keep his sense of humour at the finish line. Also, to Diane Wooller, who may have had a more comfortable afternoon overseeing the electronic timing of the races.

The following day two junior Harriers competed in the 1500m at the Havering Open meeting, Ermeas Afewerki clocking 4m 15.31s and Danny Millward 4m 30.11s

Olivia Gillon takes the win in a close 100m race ahead of training partners Talia Wynter and Hollie Martin-Whymark