Six club records broken
SIX club records were smashed, two of them by Christian Gaddes, and one equalled as St Albans AC made promotion hopefuls Havering Maysbrook work hard for victory in the penultimate National Young Athletes League match of the season at Westminster Lodge. T
SIX club records were smashed, two of them by Christian Gaddes, and one equalled as St Albans AC made promotion hopefuls Havering Maysbrook work hard for victory in the penultimate National Young Athletes League match of the season at Westminster Lodge.
This time last season, St Albans were facing a relegation battle.
But a top five finish in the 16-team Southern One East division looks possible as the host club secured 419.5pts against 442.5pts for a Havering side who were relegated last year but look set for an immediate return to the Southern Premier.
Back in third were Hastings (315pts) with Ilford (102pts) fourth.
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A tremendous summer for Gaddes got even better as he shaved his U15 Boys 80m Hurdles time down to 11.6secs and then produced a prodigious leap of 5.9m to set a new record in the Long Jump.
The other two personal club bests were set by distance runners bettering their own club records.
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Laura Farrar took almost seven seconds off her U17 Women's 3,000m time when clocking 10min 51.3sec while Khalid Al-Abaidy lopped a massive 13 seconds off his U17 Mens 3,000m with a 9min 18.5sec finish.
The relays saw new records for the U15 Boys 4x100m team (Luke Yaxley, Jason Tang, Billy Sach and Jake Awe) with 47.8secs and the 4x400m U 17 Men (Carl Palin, Ian Miller, Kieren Moss, Khalid Al-Abaidy) with 3min 44.2sec.
While the U15 Boys 4x400m squad (Joel McNeill, Chris Hilton, Gaddes & Tang) equalled the club best of 3 min 55.4sec.
Only a fraction away from joining the record breakers was Lucy Dicks, whose U13 Girls High Jump win with 1.43m was only 2cm away from re-writing the record books.
Away from the headline grabbers, there were a host of invaluable contributions.
These included U13 Girl Emma Clarke, winner of both the 150m (22.4sec), Long Jump (3.78m) and a second in the 75m (11.2sec), plus Joetta James, who won the U13 Girls 75m Hurdles and the B string 150m.
The host clubs pole vaulters cleaned up, winning all five categories, headed by newcomer Jack Baron (2.8m) in the U17 Men and Rowan Seglah (1.9m) in the U15.
Alice Marshall won both U17 Womens 300m plus the B 200m with Stephanie Rukin coming out on top in the U15 Girls B 75m Hurdles.
There was a family double with Laura Owler landing the U15 Girls B shot and brother James successful in the U13 Boy B Shot.
Josh Pieterse won both U15 Boys B Hammer and Shot Putt while Charlotte Brookes won the U13 Girls B 1200m.