Essex Cross Country Relays. Stubbers 2017  

Oct 092017

Essex Cross Country Relays
Stubbers, Upminster
7th October

Ilford u15 Boys win silver at Essex relays

Ilford u15 boys team came very close to retaining their Essex x country relays title, losing out by just 9 seconds

First leg was Farris Patel, coming back from injury and Farris ran a steady leg in 10:07.
Farris handed over to new Ilford athlete Jak Wright in 5th place in his first ever race for Ilford.
Jak showed how much potential he has by running an excellent 9:56 and maintaining 5th place
Jak handed over to Aaron Samuels on the last leg and Aaron ran an amazing leg to pass all the teams in front of him apart from Woodford to come home in second place.
Aaron ran the fastest time in the U15 s race by over 20 seconds and was 3rd fastest out of all age groups

In the first race of the day Ilford had a team in the girls U17s where Jordan Hinds showed she was getting back to her best with a time of 11:56
Jordan handed over to Isabella Hick and Ellie Wright who brought the team home in 8th position

In the U17s boys Mungo Prior got the team off to a good start and ran the 8th fastest time of the day to come home in 9 35
He handed over to Bradley Deacon who gets better with every race and came home in 10 55
Bradley handed over to jack Halil who brought the team home in 11 28

In the U13s race Ilford only had 2 athletes but both ran exceptionally well Matthew Hick took the first leg and ran the U13s 5th fastest time of the day in 11:04
He handed over to his younger brother who ran a great time for his age in 12 :35

  Ilford AC Press Report. Tuesday June 20th 2017  

Jun 202017

Southern Athletics league Track meeting
Bury St Edmunds
17th June 2017

*Ilford go fourth*

For the first time this summer Ilford were greeted with hot weather for their third southern league match of the season at Bury St Edmunds. For many of the young athletes it was their first coach trip to a League match.
After two very tough first fixtures, this match offered Ilford the chance of finally beating another team.

On the track the meeting started with the 400m hurdles, and as one of the athletes was stuck in traffic, young Mungo Prior stepped into the breach to run in his first ever hurdle race, he did brilliantly to not only take second place, but edge his own Coach Wayne Hick who took 5th place, but more importantly second place in the B string.

In the women’s 800m, Ilford’s reliable pairing of Krystle Balogun and Jordan Hinds was reunited. For once Krystle did not have to lead the race and was content to sit in behind the Luton athlete, and was poised to move down the home straight, but the Luton athlete was surprisingly strong and Krystle suffered a rare defeat.
Just back in training after exams Jordan was content with winning the B string. In the men’s 800m Jack Maher took 3rd in the A string in 2.11.7 and Tom King 3rd in the B string in 2.17.7

Conditions were perfect for sprinting and, in the women’s 100m Efe Adjarifo had a great run to finish 5th in a time of 13.4. The men’s saw some very good sprinting with Dan Wheeler running a PB of 11.6 to take 3rd in the A string. Even quicker was Temi Adeoshun who also ran a PB of 11.3 for 2nd place in the B string.

Krystle was again in action in the women’s 400m and again was narrowly defeated, but was content in having a run a PB of 59.3. On the men’s side Team captain Simeon Balson Jones was back from injury and produced a powerful run to win the A string in 50.3. He was backed up by Vignesh Rameshbabu in the B string who came 2nd in 53.3

Onto the long events which was a 3000m for the women and a 5000m for the men. In the women’s race Nicola Hopkinson gained valuable points in finishing 4th in a time of 13.34.2. Ahmed Abdulle and Malcolm Muir contested the 5000m, and whilst Ahmed went with the leaders, Malcolm was content to run to win the B string. Ahmed was eventually beaten by a very good athlete from Victoria Park, but ran seasons best of 15.40.4. Malcolm’s plan worked to perfection as he won the B string in 17.09.6

Ellie Wright was the A string in the women’s 200m and ran her third PB of the season in running 27.5 for 3rd place. Efe was back in action in the B string running 29.3 for 3rd. On the men’s side Uche Egborn fresh from exams ran a PB of 23.4 for 3rd place and Dan Wheeler set his second PB of the day in winning the B string in 23.5.

Ahmed took to the track again for the 1500m, and after running the 5000m, he held himself back and worked his way through the field to eventually finish 2nd in 4.16.6. Jack Halil struggled a bit in the heat, but still took 3rd in the B string.

The final individual track event was the steeplechase and fresh from his run the hurdles, Mungo Prior led from the off and proceeded to run away from the field, he eventually won by 50 metres and set his third PB of the week. His winning time was 6.51.4. Malcolm Muir again ran for the team, but this time had to settle for 2nd place in the B string with 8.36.3.

Such was the depth of the team that some athletes had to do non scoring events in the non scoring 100m, Anthony George ran a PB of 12.3 and new member Qeda Clarke-Jones ran 12.5. In the non scoring 200m PBs were run by Temi Adeoshun in 23.5, Vignesh Rameshbabu in 24.3 and Krystle Balogun in 26.7

In the field events Dan Wheeler was slightly below par, but still managed 1metre 70 in the High Jump for 2nd place. He was backed up by Simeon Stuart who cleared 1m 50 for 3rd in the B string. Ellie Wright was Ilford’s only lady to do a field event and she cleared a PB of 1m 30 for 3rd Place.

Simeon was back in action in the Long jump where his 5m 78 was seasons best, but was only good enough for 4th place. Anthony George did the B string Long jump and managed 5m 22 for 5th in the B string. Anthony then switched to specialist event the Triple Jump and managed 12m 62 for 4th place. Sam Malekout was as ever very busy after jumping 10.80 to win the B string Triple jump; he managed to borrow a pole from Victoria Park and proceeded to clear 2 metres for 2nd place in the Pole Vault.

Prior to these events Sam had competed in the shot putt where he came 5th with 8m 70, the discus where he was 5th in 26.89 and the Javelin where he was 4th was 36.40. Tom King was Ilford’s B string javelin thrower and threw an impressive 31.94 for second in the B string.

The remaining throws were covered by Pete Whiting and Neil Johnstone. Pete began with 6.53m for 5th in the shot and then 16.55m for 5th in the hammer. Whereas Neil threw 15.58 for 4th in B string Hammer and 14.04 for 5th in the B string discus.

The final events were the relays, in the women’s 4x 100; Efe gave Ilford a great start, before handing over to Jordan who maintained their position.
Ayshah ran the third league and is beginning to make this leg for own, she powered round the bend bringing Ilford into contention. Ellie bought the team home in 3rd place in a season’s best time of 55.1

In the men’s short relay Uche led the time and had a great, before handing over to Temi, who was making up ground along the back straight. Anthony ran the third leg and had a great change over to Dan, who went past the Woodford, runner but was just unable to catch the Victoria Park athlete and had to settle for 2nd place in 45.5.

On to the Women’s 4x 400 relay, Jordan ran he customary first leg, and although lacking in training, she gave everything with an excellent split of 65.5 to bring the team in first. Ayshah is not really a 400m runner, but she went off very fast maintain the lead, although she slowed over the last 50m, she kept the team in first place and ran a great 71.8. Next up was Ellie who stretched the lead with a solid 65 sec split. Krystle could have taken it easy, but that’s not in her nature and she pushed it the whole way with a 60.8 split to bring the team home first in 4.23.1

The final event was the men’s 4x 400 and Uche gave Ilford a great start, coming home in 3rd position. Vignesh was on the second leg and he immediately moved into second place and began to catch the leader, by the end of the leg, Ilford were just in the lead. Anthony ran the 3rd league and despite a great dropped back to 3rd. Simeon was on the last leg and flew round, moving Ilford up to second, but was not quite able to catch Victoria Park. The team’s time was 3.35.9.

When the final points were announced Ilford placed 4th with 196 points, which is their highest points total since re-joining the league. They have already nearly matched last season’s match points total after only three fixtures.




  Ilford AC Press Report. Monday 12th June 2017  

Jun 132017


Essex Schools Championships

Saturday 10th June

Samuels on his way to the English Schools

A number of Ilford AC youngsters competed at the Essex Schools Championship at Chelmsford on Saturday.The star of the show was Aaron Samuels, running in the Junior boys 1500m.

Conditions were far from ideal with quite a heavy wind so fast times were unlikely.However from the start Aaron took the lead and continued to pull away from the field , winning in a comfortable time of 4.16, nearly 100m ahead of his nearest competitor.

Aaron now hold 4 Essex separate titles in less than a year. He was part of the winning Ilford AC Essex X country relay team, he won the Essex Schools X country champs, he won the Essex Clubs 1500 and at the weekend he won the Schools 1500. As a result of these achievement, he got the call on Sunday night, confirming he had been picked to represent Essex in the
English schools.

Another great performance came from Mario Dobrescu in the Junior boys 200.Mario looked superb in the Heat, running the fastest heat in just over 24.0. Mario continued his fine form to win the final and become Essex champion. Mario still has another year in this age group so Ilford has high hopes going forward

Vignesh Rameshbabu only joined the club earlier in the year and is quite new to athletics.However Vignesh ran the Intermediate boys 400 and improves with every race. On Saturday he smashed his personal best to run an outstanding time of 52.71, coming 5th

Another amazing performance came from Jordan Hinds in the Intermediate Girls 800. Jordan has missed months of training due to exams, but still showed how much talent she has by coming 5th in the final. Jordan clocked 2.34 , missing out on top 3 by a few seconds.With exams nearly over I am sure Jordan will be back to her best very soon.

Mungo Prior is slowly getting back to the kind of levels he produced last year and came 5th in Intermediate Boys 3000 in 9.50, very close to the bronze medallist.

Ellie Wright competed in her first Essex Schools and ran a very good Intermediate Girls 200 and missed out on the final by one place. Her time of 28 against the wind was a very promising run


  Essex Track Championships Report. 13th and 14th May 2017  

May 162017

*Essex Track Championships. Chelmsford*

* Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May*

*Aaron Samuels smashes 2 Ilford AC Club Records*

Aaron Samuels was Ilford’s star performer at the Essex Track championship at Chelmsford over the weekend. The Under 15’s 1500m was a straight final, and from the gun Aaron took total control creating a ten metre gap after the first lap, which he stretched to almost 80 metres by the finish. His time was an impressive 4.13. This was a personal best by almost 7 seconds and also beat his own Ilford AC club record by the same amount.

Aaron was back the following day to compete in a quality 800m U 15’s Heat and Final. Aaron comfortably made the final and in the final set off really well and sat on the Favourite from Woodford. With 300m to go both athletes kicked for the finish and both were neck and neck, with the Woodford guy just beating Aaron to the finish line. Consolation for Aaron was a personal
best by over 3 second and another club record, which had stood for over 30 years, of 2.04.
This was one of the best Track performances by an Ilford athlete for many years.

Mungo Prior also competed in the 1500m, but in the Under 17 age group.
There were a few more athletes in this age group, so two heats were required. Mungo was in heat two and was up with the leaders until about 800m to go, when he missed the break. He managed to finish in 6th place in a season best 4.33.0, which was not quite good enough to make the final.
Mungo however came back the following day to come 2nd in the U17s 200m Steeplechase. This was the first time Mungo had run the steeplechase but he showed his flexibility to compete very well and earn his Essex medal

Farris Patel has been concentrating on the shorter distances early season, and therefore competed in the under 15’s 300m, this also was a straight final. Farris made a great start and was lying in second place coming off the final bend. However he paid for his fast start down the home straight and faded to 4th place, agonisingly missing a medal by 0.01 seconds.
However he ran a personal best of 39.3 and bodes well for his return to 800 meters later in the season.

Mario Dobrescu looked good in coming in second place in the heats of the under 15’s 100m and eventually came 4th in the final

Matthew Hick competed in a high quality U13s 1500m final , finishing 5th in a new personal best of 5.07. Jack Halil ran an even lapped 800m in the u17s and ran 2.23 but missed out on the final, despite being very close to his personal best.

Alex Richards ran the senior mens 800m and came an impressive 4th in 1:58 pb. Alex led at 600m but lack of training meant he got passed in the home straight.
Krystle Bologun ran her normal solid run in the ladies 800m finishing in 3rd place in 2:18 pb

Nearly all the Ilford athletes ran Personal bests so overall a great weekend for the Clubs youngsters

  Young Athletes Report 10th April 2017  

Apr 112017

*Samuels break 36 year club record with Outstanding run*
A small number of Ilford AC youngsters competed at the Havering open
meeting on Sunday 9th April.
Aaron Samuel, who has come off a great x country season had his mind set on
breaking the Ilford AC club record that has stood for over 36 years.
Appropriately the previous holder of the record was one of Aaron’s coaches
Gary Floate.
Aaron set off with an extremely fast first lap and was already 50 metres
ahead of the field
He continued his dominance for the remaining part of the race and sprinted
down the home straight to win in an outstanding 4:20.3,half a second inside
the previous record
This performance ranked Aaron currently 5th in the country over 1500m .

Another excellent performance came from Matthew Hick in the u13s 1500
Matthew took the race from the beginning to try and build a lead from his
competitors but came down the final home straight with a competitor next to
him. However Matthew found some extra strength and was able to beat the
Havering athlete and run a personal best of 5.11, more than 10 seconds
inside his best ever time

Mungo Prior, came off a hard winter to run an 800 m as his opener for the
season and ran a credible 2.16.