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Steeplechase U17 Age Group record broken!


Lovely weather at Thurrock greeted the team of 14 who travelled for the first Southern Athletic League match of the season on Sunday. Rhona Foster (Track), Alan Ephgrave, Paul Pickard, Helen Pickard and Julia Toffa (Field Team) along with Norma Harris (Team Manager) supported throughout the day and enjoyed some fine performances from Club Athletes.

Performance of the day came in the 2K steeplechase where U17 Athletes Will Galliford and Isaac Whitten both broke the Club Age Group record running 6.48.6 and 7.03.9 to win both A and B stream races. Tom Malone 400m 55.1, William Toffa 400m/800m, Tyler Wannerton 1500m and Adam Searle 5000m/1500m made up the men’s track team. Vet Athlete Barry Mainstone paired up with fellow Vet Steve Mayfield to cover the LJ, SP, DT, HT and JT.

In the women’s events wins came from Shannon Rapacchi HJ 1m45, PV 3m20 and B string Javelin 24m64, Kerry Murch won the SP 10m71, JT 37m16 and B string HT 33m46. Libby Taylor won the HT 48m42 and the B shot 9m62. Kerry and Libby were second in the A and B Discus. On the track there were second place finishes for Isobel Geere and Corazon Da’silva in the 200m 27.6 and 27.8 respectively. Isobel also competed in the 400m and Chris Feely 800m made up the women’s track team. Isobel, Corazan, Chris and Shannon made up the 4x100m relay team who finished 3rd 55.3.

Thurrock won the match with 227.5 points from Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets 123, Ashford 108.5 with SNHAC in fourth 108.

Running at the Loughborough International Jess Astill came fourth in her guest 400m.