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South London Athletics Network take a record 3 teams for the National Sportshall final

The South London Athletics Network fielded a record 3 teams in the National Sportshall final at the NEC Brimingham on Sunday April 7th. An impressive achievement when you consider only the county of Avon fielded more teams.

Pride of place went to the Under 15 boys who finished a very competitive 9th place in the National final. They were led by Ismail Abdul-Karim (Herne Hill Harriers) who scored a wonderful victory in the 2 lap race in a time of 20.7 seconds. He was backed up by Garfield Francis (HHH) and Kyle Cranston (HHH) who scored top ten finishes in the standing triple jump and standing long jump respectively. They rounded of their competition with a hard fought 4th place in the 4x2lap relay.

The Under 13 girls competed in a highly competitive competition as you would expect in a national final. Although as a team they struggled to stay with some of the leading counties in the country there was some outstanding individual performances. Pride of place goes to Denisha Marshall Brown (Herne Hill Harriers) in winning the shot put with 12m 44cm and then backing this up with 3rd place in the 2lap race with 22.4 seconds. The girls’ team were further aided by top ten places from Ore Adamson (Herne Hill Harriers) in the Standing Long jump and Suzanne Bukasa Mateba, (Herne Hill Harriers) in the 4 lap race.

The Under 13 boys found the competition equally as tough as the girls. But just like the girls they did produce some outstanding individual performances. None more so than Ade Adirean who scored an outstanding victory in the 2 lap race recording a time of 21.4 seconds and followed this up with a 6th place finish in the shot put with 10m 37cm. Some of the other highlights included Dejean Marshall Brown (Herne Hill Harriers) finishing 3rd in the Shot despite still recovering from a fractured hip with 11m 74cm, , Kingsley Ezeh (Herne Hill Harriers) finishing 6th in the 6 lap race and Cadell Peter finishing 9th in the Standing Triple Jump.

The Network teams were superbly managed on the day by Steve Bosley (Herne Hill Harriers) and Anne Roden (South London Harriers). They were instrumental in selecting the teams and arranging the travel arrangements to Birmingham. Steve managed all this while also managing a Surrey Under 15 boys team on the day! The South London Athletics Network teams were made up from athletes from South London Harriers, Herne Hill Harriers and Belgrave Harriers.


South London Athletics Network qualify a record 3 teams for the National Sportshall final

 

The South London Athletics Network fielded 4 teams in the London regional final at Crystal Palace on Sunday February 10th 2013 with great success. Pride of place went to the Under 15 boys and the Under 13 boys & girls teams that won the team competition on the day to become the London champions and qualify for the National final in Birmingham on April 7th. With teams representing North, South, West and East of London the competition was fierce but enjoyable with many personal bests achieved on the day.

 

The under 13 girls were in a tight contest with the West London Athletics Network all afternoon sharing many of the points in the relays. But it was in the field where the SLAN network established their lead which it would not relinquish. Some of the highlights included Denisha Marshall Brown (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the shot put with 10m 21cm, Ore Adamson (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the Standing Long jump with 2m 34cm, Rheegan Ormonde (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the Speed bounce competition with 77 bounces and Sadie Rees (South London Harriers) winning the 6 lap race with 1mins 21.3secs. The team closed out the competition in style winning the 4x2laps in close battle with West London.

Team Scores:

South London Athletics Network              700pts

West London Athletics Network               666pts

Kent London Athletics Network                624pts

Newham Athletics Network                      530pts

 

The Under 13 boys were more dominate then the girls in their competition winning by 100pts.  Their win was built on strong relay performances, winning all but the 4x1lap relay. Some of the highlights included Dejean Marshall Brown (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the Shot despite recovering from a fractured hip in 11m 41cm, Kyle Sterling winning the vertical jump with 54cm, Kingsley Ezeh (Herne Hill Harriers) and Laurie Pope (South London Harriers) coming 1st and 2nd in the 4 lap race with 1min 18.1secs and 1min 21.secs, Sindoso Weir (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the speed bounce with a remarkable 79 bounces.

Team scores:

South London Athletics Network              728pts

Newham Athletics Network                     666pts

West London Athletics Network               576pts

Kent Athletics Network                          328pts

 

The Under 15 boys’ team were locked into a titanic battle with the West London Athletics Network for the London title. The lead changed hands several times during the afternoon with neither team able to gain a lead of more than a hand full of points. In the end the competition fittingly came down to the final relay which the South London Athletics Network won to take the title by only 3 points. The highlights included Kyle Cranston (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the standing long jump with 2m 54cm, Garfield Francis (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the shot with 10m 20cm, Reiss Ormonde (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the speed bounce with 81 bounces and Ismail Abdat Karim (Herne Hill Harriers) winning the 2 lap race with 20.1secs.

Team Scores:

South London Athletics Network              666pts

West London Athletics Network               663pts

Newham Athletics Network                     458pts

 

The Under 15 girls could not quite make it a clean sweep for the South London Athletics Network on the day but it was not for the lack effort. They simply came up against an outstanding Newham team that will prove a match for most teams at the National final. Some of the outstanding performances from the Network came from Holly Clark (South London Harriers) winning the Speed Bounce with 77 bounces, Julia Doukrou (Belgrave Harriers) the only double winner from the Network coming equal 1st in the Vertical Jump with 55cm and winning the 4 lap race with 48.6secs and Amy Ayers (South London Harriers) taking the equal first with Julia in the speed bounce.

Team scores:

Newham Athletics Network                       671pts

South London Athletics Network                640pts

West Athletics Network                            615pts

 

The Network would like to extend a special thank you to the Network team managers on the day for bringing all the athletes together and coordinating on the day. They were Steve Bosley (Herne Hill Harriers) who only the day before managed Surrey in winning the under 15 South East boys title and qualifying them for the National Final. Come the National final Steve will have split loyalties! Anne Roden (South London Harriers) who worked tirelessly right up to the morning of the event with Steve to make sure the Network fielded full teams in all 4 competitions. Sian Goolad and Andrea Lynch (Belgrave Harriers) who not only managed the Belgrave Athletes but helped officiate on the day.

The South London Athletics Network Team showing of their winning medals.

 

The Under 15 boys and Under 13 boys and girls teams will next be in action at the National final on April 7th 2013 at the LG Arena, NEC, Birmingham.


South London Athletics Network takes on the country at the National Sportshall Final.

On Sunday April 3rd 2012 The South London Athletics Network took an under 15 boys and an under 15 girls team to the National Sportshall final at the NEC in Birmingham.  Daniel Ghosh from Sutton and District AC also joined our team to compete in the individual competition.

For many of the athletes this was their first taste of a National competition and it proved a real baptism of fire! The competition as you would expect was fierce with the best teams from around the country including Wales and Northern Ireland taking part. The Under 15 boys team competed hard all afternoon to finish 11th, with the girls team combining to finish 12th.

The outstanding performer of the day was Daniel Ghosh who dominated the Individual competition to win with 293 points. He was a clear winner of the Shot with 15m 06cm (3rd on the all time Sportshall list) He again finished top of the pile in the standing Triple Long jump in 9m 15cm (3rd on the all time list Sportshall)  His only defeat came in the 2 lap race where he still finished a respectable 3rd in 20.9 just 0.3 behind the winner. He follows in the footsteps of Mark Lewis Francis and Kelly Sotherton as overall winners of the Sportshall final. Please see a picture of Daniel receiving his award from Louise Hazel Commonwealth Heptathlon Champion from Delhi.

We had some outstanding individual performances from the South London team. On the boys team Reece Young (South London Harriers) finished an excellent 6th in the standing long jump with 2m 69cm. He was backed up by Aaron Wells (South London Harriers) who finished 12th in the speed bounce. On the girls team Francesca Mclymont (South London Harriers) finished 10th in the Vertical Jump with 55cm and Tessa Billups (South London Harriers)  finished 10th in the speed bounce.

Throughout the Sportshall season 70 athletes from 4 different clubs (Hercules Wimbledon, Sutton and District, Herne Hill Harriers and South London Harriers) within the Network have competed in the London Regional and National Final. The Network will build upon this for next season and continue to develop competition opportunities for athletes in the under 11, 13 and 15 age group. 


 

South London Athletics Network Qualifies for National Final

The South London Athletics Network competed with great success in the Aviva Sportshall Regional Final at Crystal Palace on Saturday 12 February 2011. The Network fielded 4 full teams in the Under 13 boys and girls section as well as the Under 15 boys and girls sections. In total over 30 athletes competed for the Network from 3 clubs, Hercules Wimbledon, Herne Hill Harriers and South London Harriers.

The girls and boys under 15 teams competed with great distinction beating The Newham Network into second place in both competitions to qualify for the National Sportshall final on April 3rd in Birmingham. They were lead by some excellent individual performances.

The Under 15 boys were lead by Kieran Clarke from South London Harriers who won the individual competition with 146 points. He was backed up by some superb performances from Aaron Wells South London Harriers and Devonte Casely Hayford Hercules Wimbledon who finished equal second in the individual competition to lay the foundations for the team win. Ben Myburgh and Brett Parry completed the team line up. The team was particularly grateful to Ben who helped out in the running events even though he is a specialist thrower!

The Under 15 girls fought hard in a tight competition with the Newham Athletics Network. The competition came down to the final relay of the day, the 4x2laps. Fortunately the South London Network prevailed in a competitive contest. In a truly team effort the team was made up of Rhianna Madden-Hansle, Francesca Mclymont, Chanel Christie Mawa Diaby, Samantha Soloman and Kayane Cornwall from the South London Harriers and Herne Hill Harriers Clubs. Rhianna and Francesca were particularly impressive finishing second and third in the individual competition. Please see a picture of the winning girl’s team.

The under 13 girls were involved in a tight contest with the Newham Network all afternoon. In the end they just lost out but they competed with great distinction with some great experience gained. Many of the girls have 1 to 3 years still left in the age group and they can look forward to continued success in the future. Kassa Sealy from Herne Hill Harriers was the star performer of the day winning the vertical jump with 53 centimetres.

The under 13 boys were enthusiastic competitors gaining many places amongst the individual medals. They came up against a very strong Newham team who will go onto the National finals as one of the favorites. It was great to see the team come together and compete for each other from Herne Hill, Hercules Wimbledon and South London Harriers. Just like the Under 13 girls they gained some valuable experience for when they return next year.


South London Athletics Network gets Sportshall Fever!
Crystal Palace was the place to be on Saturday 15th January 2011 as nearly 300 under 11 athletes and supporters attended the Aviva Sportshall Fun in Athletics competition. The South London Athletics Network was well represented providing 2 teams. The South London Tigers and The South London All Stars.

Over 50 children coming from 4 clubs across the Network (Hercules Wimbledon, Herne Hill Harriers, South London Harriers and Sutton and District) competed on the day. Many of the children were experiencing athletic competition for the first time. They came away enjoying an afternoon of sport that was fun and exciting.

Ben Noad the South London Network Activator said, “As a Network this has been one of the best things we have been involved with. I lost count of the amount of times kids asked me to do more events. We cannot wait for the next one! This was a great example of the enthusiasm that can be generated through short form athletics. It shows that this sport can be a match for any sport when the right concept is implemented properly. Long may Sportshall athletics continue”.

Competition was keenly fought with the U11 girls' competition going down to the very last race to decide the winner. With only 7 points separating the top 3, Waltham Forest come out on top beating Wandsworth and Kent London AN to the title, with the South London Tigers finishing in 6th position. The under 11 boys' competition proved just as exciting, with Waltham Forest taking top honours over Wandsworth and Newham AN respectively., with the South London Tigers team again taking 6th position.

The South London Athletics Network will next be competing in the U13 and U15 Aviva Sportshall Regional Finals at Crystal Palace on the 12th February. The winning girls and boys teams in each age group will go through to represent the London Region in the UK Championships. The coveted U15 All Rounder title will also be hotly contest within the region, with the winning girl and boy going forward to the UK Final at the end of the Sportshall Season.


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