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End of Season Update (Track)

Mike Neighbour

End of Season Update (Track)

As the track season comes to a close and the cross country season starts, a roundup of the final track results for August and September.

South of England U15/U17 Championships (inc Walks)

Lee Valley

11-12 August 2018

Several athletes made the journey round the M25 to compete in the South of England Championships held on 11-12 August at Lee Valley. There were golds for Edward Henderson, Ella Manning, Nicholas Hart and Chris Snook. Whilst Alfie Spear and Sue Davies picked up bronze medals. Full AFD results below:-

800m – Final

1st – Edward Henderson (U15) 2:02.70

1500m – Final

3rd – Alfie Spear (U15) 4:26.00

5th – Woody Jerome (U15) 4:27.33

11th – Michael Gar (U15) 4:37.73

1500m – Heat

8th – Toby Perriman (U15) 4:46.13

75m Hurdles – Final

1st – Ella Manning (U15) – 11.70

3000m Walk – Final

1st – Nicholas Hart (U17) 15:16.92

Triple Jump – Final

7th – Cameron Zack (U17) – 11.96

Javelin – Final

7th – Cameron Zack (U17) – 47.76m

12th – Ben James (U15) – 33.24m

5000m Walk – Final

1st – Chris Snook (U20) 21.29.23

3rd – Sue Davies (W50) 34.04.64

U13 Events

800m – Toby Spencer – 2:27.68 -7th

800m – Summer Chapman – 2:37.91 – 9th

Long Jump – Archie Ellis – 4.50m – 8th

75mH – Archie Ellis – 16.03 -7th

England Athletics U15 / U17 Championships Bedford 25-26 Aug 18

Several junior AFD athletes took part in the England U15/U17 Championships held in Bedford over bank holiday weekend. There was success for Luke Van Oudtshoorn and Will Barnicoat who took silver and bronze in U17 3000m and a bronze for Nicholas Hart in the U17 5000m walk.

U15 1500m

4th – Alfie Spear – 4:22.61

U15 – 3000m

8th – Michael Gar – 9:40.84

13th – Sam Bodoano – 9:58.62

U17 – 3000m

2nd – Luke Van Oudtshoorn – 8:41.47

3rd – Will Barnicoat – 8:49.13

U17 – 80m Hurdles

7th (heat) – Emma Fidgett – 12.98

U17 – 5000m Walk

3rd Nicholas Hart – 26:37.28

British Masters Championships


25th – 26th August 2018

Also held over the August Bank holiday weekend, were the British Masters Championships. Several AFD masters athletes made the journey up to Birmingham where they picked up 4 golds, 4 silvers and 6 bronze medals. Mark Symes took gold in both the 800m and 1500m. Over in the field events, Allan Leiper who competed in several events took gold in the javelin and Kim Valente picked up gold in the long jump with a leap of 4.95m, even more impressive as she only took up the event this season.


2nd – Eni Font Friede (W55) – 14.28


1st – Mark Symes (M45) – 2:06.92


1st – Mark Symes (M45) – 4:17.49

6th – Cathy Stewart (M55) – 5:33.66


6th – Paul Gaylor (M50) – 17:11.20

2nd – Scott Smith-Bannister (M55) – 17:16.18

2nd – Ruth Jones (W35) – 20:27.65

3rd – Cathy Stewart (W55) – 20:44.82


2nd – Sue Davies (W50) – 19:45.26


3rd – Sue Davies (W50) – 33:30.92

High Jump

3rd – Allan Leiper (M55) – 1.30m

Pole Vault

3rd – Allan Leiper (M55) – 3.00m

Long Jump

3rd – Allan Leiper (M55) – 4.64

1st – Kim Valente (W40) – 4.95


3rd – Allan Leiper (M55) – 11.17m


10th – Allan Leiper (M55) – 31.50m


6th – Allan Leiper (M55) – 30.86m


1st – Allan Leiper (M55) – 35.15m

World Masters Championships

Malaga, Spain

4- 16 Sept 2018

Several of AFD’s Masters athletes main the journey to Malaga in Spain to compete in the World Masters Championships at the beginning of September. Mark Symes picked up a fantastic gold in the 1500m. In the 100m Eni Font Freide ran a brilliant personal best of 14.02 in her semi final which also now places her 2nd on the W55 age group rankings. Kelly Roberts also ran a personal best in her 400m. Full AFD results below:-


Dan Tomlinson (M45) – 12.81 – Heat – 7th

Bea Lafreniere (W40) – 14.43 – Heat – 6th

Eni Font Freide (W55) – 14.11 – Final – 8th


Dan Tomlinson (M45) – 26.74 – Heat – 4th

Bea Lafreniere (W40) – 29.97 – Heat – 5th

Kelly Roberts (W45) – 31.68 – Heat – 6th


Kelly Roberts (W45) – 71.43 – Heat – 6th


Mark Symes (M45) – 2:02.25 – Final 4th


Mark Symes (M45) – 4:11.96 – Final 1st


Allan Leiper (M55) – 33.98 – Final – 16th

Track & Field League Standings at the end of the 2018 season The Senior Mens & Womens Team came 9th in the Division 2 West of the Southern Athletics League and stay there for next season.

The Male Masters team were 2nd in the Southern Counties Vets League after a close fought battle with Southampton AC who once again took the title. The Female Masters team finished a fantastic 3rd in the Southern Counties Vets League having had their best season in 20 years! U13 and U15 boys and girls came 4th in the Southern West 2 of the UKYDL and stay there for next season.

U13, U15 & U17 boys and girls came 13th in the Wessex League.