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PUBLISHED: 11:57 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:15 11 August 2010

CHAMPIONS: Jo Richardson's year sevens mixed indoor sqad meet Chris Tomlinson.

CHAMPIONS: Jo Richardson's year sevens mixed indoor sqad meet Chris Tomlinson.

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JO RICHARDSON S year sevens mixed indoor athletics squad were crowned London Champ-ions with Newham & Essex Beagles star athlete, Chris Tomlinson, handing over the coveted award to the worthy winners. The finale took place at Brunel University, but it ha

JO RICHARDSON'S year sevens mixed indoor athletics squad were crowned London Champ-ions with Newham & Essex Beagles star athlete, Chris Tomlinson, handing over the coveted award to the worthy winners.

The finale took place at Brunel University, but it has been a long road for the Dagenham school with the competition starting back in September.

They fended off tough opposition from other Barking and Dagenham schools, qualifing for the east London region as champions.

Fantastic

Winning the borough competition is a fantastic achievement in itself, but the Jo Richardson team were not willing to stop there and entered the semi-final full of confidence.

This time they would be competing against fellow league winners, and fantastically Jo Richardson again won the competition, accumulating an enormous number of points in track and field activities which meant they won by a vast margin and qualified for the finals.

After this win the team started to wonder if they might actually be able to go on and win the whole competition which was entered by over 100 other London schools.

The final was a keenly contested event with a wealth of talent on show from the eight different schools.

A special mention must go to Sacha Martin and Connor Leach of Jo Richardson. Martin won a magnificent four events including the two-lap race, triple jump, long jump and was part of the winning girls' relay team.

Leach also put in a great effort by winning the vertical and long jump, as well as the six-lap race.

As expected, the final was a far closer affair than the previous rounds, but Jo Richardson still won by a significant margin to lift the shield as London Indoor athletics champions.

Jo Richardson: Martin, Loynes, McCarthy, Statham, Ajeniji, Sessay, Idowu, McGuire, Sudais, Nzengo, Tweede, Leach, Seager, Hicks, Grover, Olanrewaju.


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