International joy for WSEH stars
The two Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow Athletic Club (WSEH) athletes competing for GB in the World Indoor Championships in Turkey returned home with medals in their suitcases.
Nicola Sanders grabbed gold as a member of the GB 4x400m relay team. Shana Cox led off for the GB quartet coming home a close third on the opening leg after which Sanders ran well to hold her position on the second leg.
Christine Ohuruogu moved the team into pole position on the next leg and Perri Shakes-Drayton held off the challenge of the USA athlete with a dip on the line to secure gold in 3minc 28.76secs.
Nigel Levine earned silver in the men’s 4x400 relay. Conrad Williams led off for GB with a good second place, then Levine held his ground to put Michael Bingham in touch with the USA team. Richard Buck, on the final leg, also gave chase, but it was not to be as GB settled for silver.
Levine also contested the individual 400m, winning his heat, but went out in the semi-finals with a third place, the fastest of the non qualifiers for the finals.
* A large contingent of WSEH athletes contested the inter-counties cross country championships in Birmingham on Saturday, representing their county teams.
Best-placed proved to be Gus Cockle in the u15s boys where he finished an excellent 11th to take Surrey to silver medals in the team race.
The rest of the WSEH national cross-country team winners were also prominent.
Jivendra Singh was 27th and Jamie Finnigan 34th, both playing their part in the gold medals for Middlesex in the team race.
Josh Bowden (Surrey) 67th, George Gathercole (Surrey) 81st, and Will Brennan (Bucks) 258th were the other WSEH finishers.
Just two WSEH senior men faced the starter with Alex Tovey (Berks) coming home in 70th place and Simon Millett (Berks) 160th.
Alex Goodall (Bucks) had a good run in the u20s race for 38th place, with Zac Curran (Surrey) making a rare foray over the country in 116th place and Jonny Dry (Surrey) 157th.
Eion O’Brien (Middx) was the best of the WSEH squad in the u17s men’s race with his 38th place. Kieran Wye (Bucks) was 58th, Charlie Critchley (Surrey) 85th and Ricky Harvie (Berks) 84th.
There was just one WSEH athlete in the u13s boys event, Tom Fitch crossing the line in 121st place.
It was a similar story in the senior women’s event where Charlotte Firth (Berks) was the lone WSEH representative, taking 84th spot.
The numbers doubled in the u20s race where Maryse Haynes (Bucks) was a fine 22nd and Molly Riglin (Surrey) 65th.
There was a bigger WSEH number in the u17s women’s race. Nicole Swaffield (Berks) was the first to appear in 58th place, with Kirsty Marshall (Berks) not far adrift in 76th, Mary-Alice Davison (Bucks) then followed in 110th place with Emma Croft (Bucks) in 127th and Christina Hall (Middx) 210th.
Becca Croft (Bucks) was the best of the WSEH athletes in the u15s girls race, with teammate Eloise Davison (Bucks) in 45th place. Sarah Chapman (Berks) was 53rd and Emily Reeves (Surrey) 157th.
Alex Barbour (Berks) fronted the WSEH runners in the u13s girls race with her 35th place which gained her a gold award as a member of the winning Berks team. Sophie Davies (Berks) finished in the 123rd position.