Hercules Wimbledon AC round-up: Number of medal winners at South of England Indoor Championships

A number of Hercules Wimbledon’s junior athletes picked up medals at the South of England Indoor Championships at Lee Valley at the weekend, writes George Mallett.

U15 Isabella Harrison won her 800m heat then three hours later returned to finish second in the final in a speedy 2:18.32.

What’s most impressive about her performance is it came at a time she is mostly competing outdoors over cross-country, where she finished fourth earlier this month at the Surrey County Championships. Fellow U15 Freya Mcandie ran 2:33.56 for a PB and second in her heat.

U13 Thomas Hennigan, who just 24 hours previously finished 15th in the Surrey League Cross Country, won silver over 800m in Lee Valley in a PB of 2:26.96.

Adam Ofeimun recorded a PB of 7.39s to qualify for the semi-finals of the U17 60m, where he went on to finish sixth in a fraction slower time. Isiah Gardner and Yosef Ahmed, competing in the same age group, ran 7.62 and 8.49 for PBs in their heats.

Jamari Roper, ran a new best mark of 8.52 to qualify for the U13 60m final, where he finished seventh. Angel Gutierrez-Bailey was unlucky not to qualify, finishing fourth in his heat in 8.76s.

Benjamin Kietzmann and Soren Kerner had a battle to the line to better their own marks in the U15 60m, running 8.06 and 8.16 respectively for fifth and sixth in their heat. Hector Stroud Arzua was sixth in his heat, again in a new best of 9.00s. The final Hercules entrant over the distance in the age group was Rory Jardine, who finished seventh in 8.73s in heat five.

U15 Florrie Foster recorded PBs in the 60m and 200m, running 8.96s and 29.87s respectively, as well as the shot put with a throw of 7.86m, the event where she performed best in 10th place. Patience Namazzi found herself in the fastest 60m heat, running 8.48s to finish sixth. Olivia Ifeanyi-Nwobodo improved her best to 8.70s. Fellow U15s Amelia Barnes and Iliana Turbin ran 8.70s and 9.13s respectively, both season bests.

U17 Kristina Frost ran 8.46s to finish fifth in her 60m heat, a PB. Vivienne Jonczyk reached the semi-finals of the 200m in the same age group, running 27.56 in her heat.

Charlie Wyllie stepped down to run the inaugural Dulwich Dash Mile on Saturday, winning the event and in the process setting the quickest ever recorded time for a lap of Dulwich Park.

The race took place before 8am on Saturday in below freezing conditions, meaning some ice was on the course – but Wyllie negotiated it well to run away from Nick Bester over the second half of the race to take the win by seven seconds.

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