Spring in their step
ILFORD AC S junior athletes have been busy competing in spring warm-up meetings in preparation for the start of the track and field season. At Mayesbrook Park, there were some good performances, especially from Nadia Gervais in the under-11 girls event w
ILFORD AC'S junior athletes have been busy competing in spring warm-up meetings in preparation for the start of the track and field season.
At Mayesbrook Park, there were some good performances, especially from Nadia Gervais in the under-11 girls' event where she won the 100m in 14.2, followed closely by George Hadler, competing in two events for the first time.
In the 80m hurdles, Hadler finished in first place in 13.1 and in the 400m he was second in 59.5 while Ellie Atkinson competed in the 70m hurdles (17.8) and the 200m (33.7).
Laura Swords, making her Ilford debut, competed in the 1500m, finishing in 5.56.0, while Thomas King competed in the 1,500m and the javelin, and finished with a time of 5.31.9 and a distance of 16.76m.
Hadler was back in action at Chelmsford on Saturday when he continued his fine form in the under-15 boys' section. First he ran in the 200m, smashing his pb with a time of 25.9 for third overall, and less then 30 minutes later, ran the 400m, breaking his pb to finish fourth overall in a time of 58.7.
The other Ilford athlete was Laura Swords, in the under-15 girls' event, where she competed in the 1,500m, coming home in a time of 6.05.0.
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Meanwhile, on the roads, many Ilford athletes have been competing in preparation for the London Marathon on April 26.
Ian Burdin ran the Kingston Breakfast 16, and clocked 1:52.56 while Rohan Alexander represented the club at the Oakley 20-mile race and got round in 2:39.14.
Terry Knightley was the sole Ilford runner at the Crown To Crown 5k Multi-Terrain Race in Basildon, on Good Friday.
Knightley finished sixth out of over 200 runners and was second MV40 in a time of 18.53.