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31st Jan, 2024, Jen Lovell Hickson

Over the past few weeks, track and field action restarted indoors at Lee Valley. Last weekend was the London Indoor Games. No mud, no wind, no rain, just a cacophony of noise from the stands as rapid-fire 60m racers hurtled across the line, up the banking and into the foam wall. There was a café and WiFi.  And comfy chairs for the officials with unlimited chocolate biscuits. It’s about as different from cross-country as you can get.

One of those racers was our own Idriss Mohammed-Mariche, pictured, in his first competition of the season, gaining a PB of 8’80 in the U13 60m, and 4.14m in the long jump.

A fortnight earlier, the SEAA U13/U15/U17 Indoor Championships took place at the same venue, where a number of our athletes competed, with several PBs and some promising performances.

  • Amani Osman gained a PB of 1.5m in U15G High Jump, and a time of 9’11 in 60m
  • Aliyah Osman gained a PB of 68’75 in the 400m U17G
  • Monisade Ayodeji achieved 1.5m in the U17G High Jump and 3.80m Long Jump
  • Lili Hake competed in her first indoor Long Jump with 3.63m U17G.
  • Arthur Shaw gained PBs in U15B 60m with a time of 8’45 and the 60m Hurdles in 9’62.  
  • Louis Nuthall competed in the U17M High Jump achieving 1.75m – just short of his PB.
  • Apologies if I’ve missed anyone out.

Congratulations to all for making a great start to their season!