After virtually no competitive athletics to date due to the COVID-19 lockdown, some races are now taking place.
In the 2nd full Diamond League meeting held in Stockholm on 23rd August , Jessie Knight, in her first Diamond League appearance, was an excellent 4th in the 400m in a personal best time of 52.42 seconds behind winner Wadeline Jonathas of the USA, a time that takes Knight to 4th place in the WSEH all-time list.
She then moved on to the Janusz Kusocinski Memorial in Chorzów, Poland, held on Tuesday 25th August. Here she maintained her winning streak in the 400m hurdles, claiming her fourth victory this month. After wins in Nuneaton, Szczecin and Brussels, she ran 55.44 to cross the finish line well clear.
In the BIGish Jumps Fest held at Lee Valley Stadium on 22nd August, Morgan Lake, another of WSEH Great Britain International athletes, won the High Jump with 1.82m.
On the same day, Toby Makoyawa was a winner of the Under 20 100m in the Blackheath and Bromley open meeting, in an impressive personal best of 10.66 seconds, putting him 4th on the U20 rankings for 2020. Louie Seamons was 3rd in his U15 race with 13.17 seconds whilst Anna Babis took the U15 300m race with a pb of 42.21secs. Younger brother Sam was 6th in his U13 100m with 14.46 seconds.
Some of the club’s young middle distance athletes took the opportunity to travel to Manchester on Tuesday 25th August to race in the British Milers Club Gold Standard Meeting, which was unfortunately impacted by heavy winds and rain due to storm Francis. Despite the weather, U17 Luke Birdseye ran a PB of almost 10 seconds for the 1,500m, clocking 04:16.91. U20 Amy Young ran a 5 second PB of 10:17.10 for 3,000m with her U17 sister Jasmine clocking 10:09.63 which ranks her 3rd U17 to date in 2020.
Meanwhile on the road, Matthew Clutterbuck recorded a PB of 15:40 in the Milton Keynes 5km PB Special event held on 21st August.