Over 90 young athletes from over Essex took part in the first of this year’s Sportshall competition at Melbourne Park Chelmsford. 15 Of them represented Thurrock in events such as Linear shot, standing long jump and lap events.

Athletes competing

U11g – Hayleigh Ashworth, Shannon Beveridge and Taiwat Owusho.

U13g – Funmi Adewole, Scarlett Carter and Oluwatunmise Abbas

U15g – Ruby Bridger and Leisha Hunt

U11b – Ryan Ashworth

U13b – Jakub Kowalski, Jay Harris and Orhan Corek

U15b – Theo Adesina, Daniel Ogutuga and Gbenga Adewole


U15g Ruby Bridger placed 1st in the 4 lap race, 2nd in standing long jump and came 3rd in linear shot. Leisha hunt placed 3rd in the 4 lap race and vertical jump. U13g Funmi Adewole placed 1st in 2 lap race heat and 3rd in standing Long Jump. Oluwatunmise Abbas placed 1st in Standing Triple Jump with a strong jump of 7.30m, she also came 1st in her 2 lap race heat with a time of 23.2s, the fastest of the day.

U15b Theo Adesina had a 5 second head in the 4 lap race with a time of 45.3s coming 1st, he also came 1st in standing triple jump with a jump of 8.48m, 1st in linear shot with a whopping throw of 10.50m. Gbenga Adewole placed 4th in linear shot, 2nd in standing Long Jump. Daniel Ogutuga placed 1st in his 2 lap race, 1st in standing Long jump with a jump of 2.36m and 2nd in linear shot with a 10m throw.

U13b Jakub Kowalski had a very successful day, placing first in all of his events – 1st in the 2 lap race with a time of 23.2s, 1st in standing long jump with a jump of 2.24m, 1st in linear shot with a throw of 6.50m and 1st in standing triple jump with 6.40m. Jay Harris came 3rd in Linear shot. Orhan Corek came 3rd in speed bounce and standing Long Jump.

Thurrock Harriers are extremely proud of the athletes that turned out to represent the club today and wish them well in their future events.

There are three more events being held at Chelmsford over the coming months, all children aged between the school years of 5-10 can enter via the link below. All competing for the chance to gain a place in the regional finals later in the year.


Claire Whitbread