Smart Alex hurdles to victory for Beagles

PUBLISHED: 16:34 23 August 2012 | UPDATED: 17:03 23 August 2012

Alex Al Ameen of Newham & Essex Beagles won his race in impressive style

Alex Al Ameen of Newham & Essex Beagles won his race in impressive style


It’s a second-place finish in the Premiership

Second place was always on the cards for Bob Smith’s team going into the weekend with Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers holding a clear lead over the Beagles, while also having a solid gap over the third-placed side.

And despite the below par showing from a depleted squad there were some positives to take from the meeting.

They completed a 400m double with both Christopher Clarke and Richard Davenport taking victory in the A and B events respectively with times of 46.49 seconds and 47.23.

Elsewhere, Alex Al Ameen just pipped Allan Scott from Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers on the line to take the A 110m hurdles race and Frank Baddick held off the challenge of Manchester’s Simon Horsfield for victory in the 1,500m A event.

Emmanuel Stephens picked up a win in the 100m B race, while there were runner-up spots for Rory Chesser and Davenport in the 3,000m steeplechase and 400m hurdles A events respectively.

Lennox Thompson picked up valuable points in the 400m hurdles B race by taking third spot, and despite only having a three-man team in 4x400m race, Thompson, Clarke and Davenport finished sixth.

In the sprint relay the team of Clarke, Stephens, David Bolarinwa and Al Ameen placed third in a time of 41.65, as others struggled in the individual events.

Youngster Bolarinwa placed sixth in the 200m A event, but picked up second spot in the non- scoring 100m race.

Baddick and Stephens finished fourth in the A 800m and B 200m events, while there was a trio of fifth-place finishes for Mark Findlay, Andre Duque and Chris Hughff in the 100m A, 800m B and 110m hurdles B respectively.

Low on numbers in the field events, Beagles failed to have representatives in some disciplines, but Hughff threw 63.26m to finish second in the A javelin, a feat matched by Max Eaves in the pole vault with a leap of 4.80m.

Simon Cook picked up valuable points in the A discus with a fifth- place finish, while Aaron Edwards was sixth in the B shot put.

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