Strong showing from Woodford Green but not enough for top spot in Southern Athletics League meeting

PUBLISHED: 13:55 24 May 2013 | UPDATED: 13:55 24 May 2013

Woodford Green's relay squad are all smiles

Woodford Green's relay squad are all smiles


Woodford Green picked up almost half of the events victories, but still couldn’t detach Ealing, Southall and Middlesex AC.

Woodford Green AC with Essex Ladies produced 35 winners out of 72 contests in their Southern Athletics League fixture at Ashton, but had to settle for second spot on the day behind the powerful Ealing, Southall and Middlesex AC.

They needed to make up some ground, after currently residing in 17th spot, but had a hard task as they welcomed the third and fourth placed teams.

A ladies team was built around strong multi-eventers, top specialists and excellent club athletes and Nusrat Ceesay enjoyed an eventful day, being placed in five events.

And from those five Ceesay collected two first places and two second spots to help Woodford.

Katie Skelding showed her class by winning the 100 and 200metres, and under-17 Sade Brown, showed good promise in the 100m and 400m.

Hollie Redman did a fantastic job for the team by winning the shot put and then the discus, while young pole vaulters Monica Griffith and Stephanie Smith took time out from revising for exams to pick up a second and first with 2.10m and 2.00m respectively in the A and B events.

Claire Leckie was a late recruit to the team, but collected a personal points haul of 11, while Ayamba Akim won the high jump.

The middle-distance events were filled by Alex Wardle and Jenny Thomas.

On the men’s side it was a fantastic performance with 25 wins out of a possible 36.

Chris Linque, ably supported by Hugh Williams, won the shot put, and then both repeated the performances later in the discus.

Peter Clarke won the hammer throw and was well supported in the B by Fergus Harford who also picked up a victory.

In the high jump, Robert Wolski participated in his first event since a bad car accident last year and came up trumps with the win.

Ally Strange picked up after his 800m disappointment to win three other events and Sam Benge competed in the 800m B event.

Bertie Powell won the 3km race and former Ilford footballer Tony Russell clipped time off his previous best in the B event.

Sam Malekout and Kevin Murphy were the busiest athletes of the day for Woodford with the former returning with 23 points, the most by any of the club’s competitors.

George Hamilton and Kevin Newton took part in the jumps, with Hamilton winning the A string long jump with 6.37m, while Newton recorded 12.61 in the triple jump.

Under-17 David Peddle won the javelin with a new personal best of 36.88m as the club won every throwing event on the day.

The event was rounded off by the 4x400m where Malekout, Strange, CJ Shepherd and Scanlan came out victorious.

The club is always looking for new officials and volunteers so if anyone has a family member who might be persuaded please contact the club’s president, David Hollingworth via email

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