Redbridge’s Ahmed is top class
PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 January 2016
Abdulle storms to Essex Schools’ success
Ilford’s Ahmed Abdulle stormed to the senior boys’ title at the Essex Schools’ Cross-Country Championships at Colchester’s Hilly Fields on Saturday.
Wearing the blue vest of Redbridge, Forest pupil Abdulle finished 30 seconds ahead of his nearest rival in a time of 20mins 33secs following a stylish display as he added the schools’ title to his Essex club crown.
And the talented teenager – who won silver at the London Youth Games cross-country event at Parliament Hill just before Christmas – will be looking to add to his impressive medal haul when he heads to the National Schools’ finals, which are being held in Nottingham, in March.
Oaks Park pupil Mungo Prior (16.20) was seventh in the junior boys’ race, while Ilford clubmate Farris Patel, a Cranbrook pupil, picked himself up after a fall to finish 17th in 16.53, two seconds behind Redbridge squad-mate Francesco Monti of Trinity.
And Ilford track specialist Jordan Hinds (Loxford) produced an outstanding run to finish ninth in the junior girls’ race, behind Aoibheann Pearce (Trinity) who earned a trip to the National finals after her super sixth-place finish.
Boys’ team manager James Roberts, from Seven Kings School, said: “It was particularly pleasing on the day to see a number of younger runners perform well who have just started training and competing for clubs.
“I was particularly impressed with Mungo Prior and Jordan Hinds who are part of the rapidly expanding group under Ian Gains at Ilford AC.
“The success of Ahmed should spur them on as I remember him starting his journey to county success just two years ago when he first took up running seriously after showing raw potential.”
Daniel Bryant (17.21) and Alex Deery (19.08) also ran for Redbridge in the junior boys’ race, while Joe Clark (19.34), Adil Iqbal (21.24) and Oliver Marshall (23.55) were in intermediate action and Craig Jenkins (25.36) joined Abdulle in the senior field.
Jasmine Offiler (16.04) and Iris Branden (16.32) represented Redbridge in the junior girls’ race, with Elise Clark 14th in the intermediate event in 18.37, ahead of Ella Henry (19.42), Laurelle Brant (20.36), Megan Bradley (23.14) and Eugienne Mulumba (23.15).
*A host of Woodford Green youngsters were also in action as they represented West Essex, with Siena Taylor finishing 27th in the junior girls’ race and Wren Mclean-Jackson one spot back.
Sidnie Ward was an excellent third in the junior boys’ race, to earn a place at the National finals, with Joe Geller not far behind in 10th and Hayden Maleary 12th, as they secured spots at the Inter Counties event next month.
Todd Maleary (31st) and Kai Boggon (35th) also ran well in a large field, while Louise Gilbert finished 13th in the hard-fought intermediate girl’s event.
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