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Ilford athletes have relay good day

PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 September 2016

Ilford members face the camera at the Essex Championships in Southend

Ilford members face the camera at the Essex Championships in Southend

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Club pick up six medals at Essex Championships

Ilford's Ahmed AbdulleIlford's Ahmed Abdulle

Ilford enjoyed a highly successful day at the final round of the Essex Championships at Southend, picking up six medals in eight of the relay events.

The under-17 girls’ 4x100m squad of Isabella Hick, Jordan Hinds, Ayshah Lawrence and Ellie Wright were first in action and finished eighth in their final, before the under-15 boys’ squad of Jack Halil, Aaron Samuel, Mungo Prior and Farris Patel did well to finish fifth.

The first medal came from the under-17 girls in the 3x800m as Hick ran a fast first lap and handed over to Wright, who ran a steady leg before passing the baton to Hinds.

After rapidly closing down on athletes ahead of her, Hinds brought the team home to fourth overall and a silver medal in their age group.

Prior led the boys off in their 3x800m event and handed over to Halil in fourth place, before a strong finish saw him pass the baton to Patel in third.

And Patel moved up to second behind the Orion trio, which was good enough for gold in their age group.

Hick led the 4x300m squad off, with Lawrence then holding on to fourth place despite never having raced further than 200m before.

And Hinds then brought the team up to third, with Wright seeing them home in fourth which was good enough for bronze and a third county medal on the day.

Samuel ran a great opening leg for the 4x300m boys to hand over in third place, with Halil moving the Ilford trio up to second, which Prior held maintained.

Patel anchored the squad home in a hard-earned second place to ensure another medal, before the senior men tackled the 4x400m event.

Jack Maher put Ilford into an excellent second place, before Alex Richards held onto that spot and handed over to Ahmed Abdulle.

Despite not usually running anything shorter than 1,500m, Abdulle produced a turn of speed to hold second, before Simeon Balsom produced a strong finish to secure silver.

The final event of the day was the rarely-run medley relay which consisted of 200, 200, 400 and 800m legs.

Young Temi Adershorn, although he prefers the 100m, ran a great opening leg to pass to Halil in third place and his great bend moved the team up to second.

Having only just recovered from the 4x400, Balsom held that position and passed to Abdulle, who halved the gap on the first lap and held on for Ilford’s fourth silver of the day.

n Ilford sent 30 runners to the Barking Park 5k for the latest East London Five Interclub Series event, which saw a record 257 finishers.

Ahmed Abdulle was first home in a personal best of 15.49, with Tom Gardner third in 16.15 and Malcolm Muir (17.08) the top M40 athlete on the day.

Sam Rahman 917.18), Stephen Philcox (17.28) and Paul Holloway (17.56) completed the scoring six as Ilford came out on top ahead of East London Runners, to set up a final showdown at the Valentines Park 10k on September 25.

Andy Catton won the M60 prize with 20.59, with Satha Alaga (23.25) and Pathrose Louise (24.06) running personal bests.

Ilford’s women were led home by Breege Nordin in seventh, and top F55 athlete with a time of 21.00, as Zuzana Sinalova (21.48), Nicola Hopkinson (23.58) and Dianne Crisp (24.59) clinched third in the team event.

Others: Neil Crisp 18.51; Rohan Alexander 20.16; Bradley Brown 21.39; Abdi Berleen 21.43; Billy Green 22.44; Ernie Forsyth 23.22; Stephen Cheal 25.17; Peter Ryan 25.33; Julia Galea 26.25; Suki Jandu 26.56; Nichola Fairbairn 27.22; Rachel Halpin 27.38; Sharon Honey 27.46; Julie Gillender 29.04; Doris Gaga 29.41; Pam Jones 30.51; Yvonne Forsyth 33.42.

n Ilford AC life member Bob Dobson belied his veteran status to complete 25 circuits of the Garon Park track for silver in the 10k walk at the Essex Championships.

Dobson, who competed at the European and Commonwealth Games in the past, finished in 71.03 to finish behind Colchester’s former GB international Dan King.


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