A message from England Athletics

Coronavirus Statement

17 March 2020

The UK government has advised that everyone in the UK should now avoid “non-essential” travel and contact with others to fight coronavirus.  Whilst it has not issued any ban on public gatherings of any size either indoors or outdoors at this stage, the advice is to avoid non-essential contact with others, including going to sporting events, pubs, clubs, theatres and social venues.

As a result, England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.

The decision has been taken in the interests of athletes, runners, officials, coaches, volunteers, supporters and the wider athletics and running communities. This decision is also in alignment with actions taken by the home country athletics federations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and is similar to action taken by other sports.

Where possible, athletes and runners at all levels are encouraged to maintain their own personal fitness and keep active during this time, while following government guidelines about safe distance and safe exercise environments.

England Athletics will continue to review and monitor government advice and will provide detailed updates on the impact to our sport in the coming weeks. We appreciate that the current situation will undoubtedly place our member clubs in a difficult situation and we are working with UKA and the other Home Country Athletics Federations on the best way to help alleviate the situation and will update you as plans evolve.

Osterley Park Winter 10k

Osterley track runners were out in force at the Osterley Park Winter 10k. Congratulations to Rachael Turner coming in as the second female finisher in a time of 42:01.2 only an hour after completing the Osterley parkrun!

Well done to Babatunde Dawodu, Jim Twist, Peter Bradley and Jon Rodgers who also completed the Osterley double.

More sensible Osterley track runners Elaine Quinn, Judith Bradley and Margaret Bradley concentrated their efforts on the 10k. Well done to all 👏👏👏

National Bronze for Khambai-Annan

Team Hounslow’s Tyra Khambai-Annan travelled to Sheffield to defend her 60m national title she won in 2018.

Tyra arrived in Sheffield rank 3 in the country, and negotiated her way through the first round and semi-final with ease running 7.77 and 7.74, slowing down before the line on both occasions.

Ready for the final Tyra for the first time in her young athletics career false started, later claiming her foot slipped down the blocks.

With nerves already in the air and the now added pressure, Tyra reacted late to the gun and found herself unusually behind after the first few steps, and having to fight her way back through the pack to finish 3rd in 7.78, the same time she won with last year, with the winner and second place both running the same time.

Tyra said ‘To be honest, my coach and I wasn’t planning on running the 60m indoors this year, we planned to run more 200s to help me perform better in the summer. So I’m actually quite happy with today considering.’

Tyra’s next race will be the Middlesex championships, on Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th/ March, where she will be aiming to retain her title.

Top Spot for Granada

Team Hounslow’s Vanessa Granada came away with a personal best and two first place finishes at the recent under 13 and under 15 Lee valley open.

In only her second indoor competition of the year, she now finds herself rank 26th nationally over the 60m in the under 15 girls age group.

Vanessa is rank 5th national amongst those in her school year.

Running a personal best of 8.07 in the first round, Vanessa back it up by going faster again in the final running 8.05.

Vanessa is now rank second on the clubs all time ranking over 60m

Vanessa will be next competing again at the Middlesex championships, on Saturday/Sunday 16th/17th/ March, where she will be aim for a medal.

Second year under 13 Danielle Iyekekpolor also ran personals of 8.64 finishing second in the 60m and 29.35 in the 200m

Rising Star Danielle Iyekekpolo

Danielle has been a member of Team Hounslow AC for 3 years now, competing in many junior and schools athletics competitions.

Danielle has won several gold and silver medals, at the Minithon Games with medal presented by former Olympics champion; Christine Ohurougu and current European indoor champion Asha Phillip (pictured below)

Whilst in primary school, Danielle won several Hounslow Borough competitions.

Danielle’s most recent competition was on the 8th of December at Lee Valley, where she broke her personal best in 200m (finished 29.26 secs) and 60m (finished 8.71 seconds). 

Now a second year under 13 athlete, Danielle is keen to show off her athletics talents over her prefer events – 60m/75m, 100m, 150m and 200m. 

Danielle trains twice a week and is part of the Speed Development group, based in Osterley, run by former team GB athlete Jonathan Barbour.

Danielle aspires to run for Team GB when she older.  

Hounslow Athletes Shine at the County Championships

5 Team Hounslow athletes took park in the Tri-county championships held at Lee Valley sports and athletics centre over the weekend.

Jak Mensah team Hounslow’s longest serving member came away with gold in both the 60m (7.19) and 200m (22.55). This was Jak’s only indoor competition of the indoor season due to his schools rugby commitments

National bronze medallist, Tyra Khambai-Annan claimed the gold in the under 15 girls 60m (7.65) a personal best as well as a new championship record.

She is now ranked 11th on the UK all-time list. Tyra also came 4th in the 200m (26.45)

Vanessa Granada, set a new personal best in the 60m final (7.98) finishing 4th and 2nd in the girls 3oom setting another personal best of 43.54.

Sophia Sood, claimed the bronze medal in the under 17 girls triple jump, (9m.48). Sophia just missed out on the 60m final, and a medal in the long jump where she finished 4th (4.52)

600m Delight for Melissa

Team Hounslow’s Melissa Granada one of the younger members of the Speed Development Group based out of Osterley competed in the recent Lee Valley Minithon.

The event allows athletes from school years 3 -7 to enter up to 3 events.

Melissa took part in the 60m, and ran 9.50 and 200m, running 31.56 smashing her personal best.

In her favoured event, Melissa ran the best tactical 600m for someone of such a young age.

South of England Championships

Congratulations to Jak Mensah who won the under 17 Mens 200m at the South of England Championships.

English Schools 2018 Report

Team Hounslow were represented by two athletes, selected for the schools boroughs, to take part in the English schools championships.

Tyra Khambai Annan (Surrey) and Jak Mensah (Middlesex) both came into the championships, confident and in great form with both ranked inside the top 3 in the country in their events…

Read the full report here:English Schools 2018 Report

Summer Athletics Camp

A Summer Athletics Camp for 7 to 16 year olds will take place at Osterley Sports & Athletics Centre from Mon 13th to Fri 17th August.

Details here: Summer camp


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