Sprinters, Elizabeth Reading and Cole Sinnott, both competed in the first open meeting of the season held on the Olympic Stadium warm up track, home to Newham and Essex Beagles.

Elizabeth competed in the 100m and 200m on the day, while Cole competed in the 400m.  Drawn in heat 11 in round 1 of the 100m, Elizabeth had a good start, and used her 200m strength to pull her through to finish in 3rd place in 12.65 seconds, running into a minus 0.3 metre per second headwind. That time was enough to  progress through to compete in round 2.  The wind had whipped up to plus 4.6 metres per second by the time round 2 was held, and despite having a strong start, she finished in 6th position in heat 8, in 12.53 seconds.

In the 200m, which only had one round, the wind was once again over the legal limit at plus 3.0 metres per second.  Drawn in lane 4 of heat 8, she came off the bend in 4th position, and battled hard in the home straight to hold that position, just being pipped on the line by Vanessa Ansuaa of Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers.  Ansuaa was given a time of 25.90 for 3rd place, and  Elizabeth’s time was 26.00 seconds.


Elizabeth Reading - three creditable performances on the day

Torrential rain fell just before Cole ran, which had the potential to slow the track down.  Drawn in heat 4, he ran a steady 200m, upping a gear as he progressed around the final bend, before pulling away from his opponents in the home straight to win in a time of 49.23 seconds.


Cole Sinnott - looking likely to break the club record that he set last season


Well done to both athletes.