Beagles future is looking bright on awards night
PUBLISHED: 09:15 26 March 2015
Â© Claire Jones
There were a host of Newham and Essex Beagles receiving medals at the Jack Petchey Foundation Awards night
While Mo Farah was flying the Newham and Essex Beagle flag in Portugal where he became the first Briton to duck under the hour mark in setting a European record in the Lisbon Half Marathon, the Beagles of the future were being honoured.
The Beagles young stars were at the Jack Petchey Federation Awards last week where seven of their members were given accolades.
Femi Seki had a magnificent season last year where he won gold medals at the Essex Championships over 100, 200 and 300 metres.
The 15-year-old scored highly in the UK rankings for his age group too as he was third at both 200m and 300m indoors as well as fourth at 200m indoors.
He also won a coveted silver medal at the South of England inter-county championships as he continued his commitment to the club, commuting from South Ockendon to Newham several times a week.
Another sprinter to make a real splash in 2014 was Zoe Thompson.
The 14-year-old, who is not 15 until April, struck a brilliant gold in the English Schools’ Championships over 200m and she was ranked fourth in the UK over the distance as well as Ninth over 300m.
Beagles press officer Elyzabeth Shitta-Bey said: “Zoe is a polite, determined and confident athlete.
“Having said that, she may, more often than not, greet one with a frown or a scowl, when her photo is required after medalling at a championships.
“She displays absolute and total commitment to training and competing.”
Two of the other award winners on the night were hammer throwing siblings Thomas and Katie Head.
In 2014, Thomas was ranked second in the UK for the under-20 hammer thanks to a season’s best of 68.80 metres.
He struck gold at the Essex County Championships, won his first medal at the England under-20 championships, won his event at the Bedford International and was a silver medallist at the English Schools.
Sister Katie is totally dominant in her event. She topped the 2014 UK rankings in the under-15 hammer with a new personal best of 56.89m and is ranked as number one on the all-time UK rankings for her age group.
Last year she won the Essex & Eastern Indoor Championships, the county outdoor, county schools and English Schools’ titles in style.
Katie and Thomas both have the advantage of hammer throwing in their genes as they are coached by their father Paul, who competed for Great Britain at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.
Also receiving deserved awards were Dylan Alexander, Emmanuel Sosanya and Michael Oku-Ampofo, proving that the Beagles look to have a huge future both on track and in the field.