Dacorum & Tring’s track & field and middle distance squad were back in action over the weekend at the 2018 London Indoor Games, an indoor athletics competition organized by Lee Valley Athletics Centre and hosting events for U17, U15 and U13 athletes, with the U20 and Senior competitions up next weekend.
U17 men’s events: Ralph Williams (pictured above) was back in action in his best event, the 60m hurdles. In Race 1, Round 1, he crossed the line in a speedy 8.63i, which was just 0.01 off the PB he set at the SEAA championships earlier this month. But in Round 2, he he pulled off a massive new PB of 8.56i, smashing his own club record in the event for the ninth time in the space of just over 12 months!
Marcus Stansbury, in his first official indoor season with the club, ran a quick 9.11 in the 1st round of the men’s 60m, but was unfortunately DQ’d in Round 2. He recovered to post a strong 30.65 in Round 1 of the 200m.
In the field events, Josh Woods finished second in the long jump with a leap of 6.62m, and second in the triple jump with 12.78m, while Ed Hopper jumped 1.65m in the high jump
U17 women’s events: In the women’s 60m hurdles, Marli Jessop was also in record-breaking form: she grabbed a new PB and club best in Race 1, Round 1 with her time of 8.89i – and she went on to improve on that with a massive 8.80i in Race 1 Round 2, where she finished third against girls over a year older.
Also in the 60m hurdles, Ella Broadfield came close to her PB, with a time of 9.84i in her first race, capped by a 9.88i in her second.
Middle Distance runner Lily Boden ran 2.34.98i in the U17 women’s 800m, finishing third in a big new PB, while teammate Jessica Hoar, in the same event, finished in 2.42.80i. Anna Craggs, the only girl in the field events, leapt to 1.40 in the U17 high jump
U15 boys’ events: Louis Jackson ran a speedy 7.84i in Round 1 of the boys 60m, going on to cross the line in 7.89i in Round 2. He followed that up with a second-place finish in his heat of the 200m with a time of 26.05i.
U15 girls’ events:Jessica Hill, another member of the Middle Distance squad, powered to a 2.36.88i in the 800m – a big new PB for her.
U13 boys’ events: Louis’ brother Alex Jackson was the sole representative for the U13s, and he competed in two events, gaining a respectable 31.99 in the 200m and a mark of 7.56 in the shot putt.
Well done, squad! You’re all looking strong for the outdoor season in just a few short months.
Photos, below, show Ralph and Marli in action in the 60m hurdles.