UK Athletics Championship Manchester 2023
During a sensational weekend showcasing the UK’s athletics talent, 132 past and present GLL Sport Foundation athletes competed at the Manchester Regional Arena on the 8th and 9th of July 2023. Between them, they came home with 24 medals – 8 Gold, 7 Silver and 9 Bronze!
On the Saturday, we started with field events. GSF athletes Montana Jackson and Mary Elcock (both Islington) opened up their competition in the Women’s Triple Jump. Montana secured 5th place, and Mary came just behind in 6th place recording a season best jump in the process. In the Men’s shot put event, GSF athlete Scott Lincoln secured his champion status winning the Gold medal and Youcef Zatat (Waltham Forest) came in second place with a season best throw! GSF alumni Patrick Swan also contributed to the medal count with the Bronze medal.
GSF athlete Sophie Ashurst (Manchester) and alumni athletes Jade Ive, Tilly Hooper and Megan Bailey competed in the Women’s Pole Vault competition, with Jade and Tilly finishing in 4th and 5th place, with Megan taking 7th and Sophie just behind in 8th place. In the Women’s high jump, Emily Madden Forman (Manchester), Halle Ferguson (Preston), Lauren Evans (Cardiff) and alumni Jordanna Morrish dazzled with their impressive leaps! Emily secured the Silver medal with a season best height, with Halle just missing out on a medal in 4th place. The final event on the field for Saturday was the Men’s discus, alumni athlete Greg Thompson adding a Bronze medal to the count, with GSF athlete Dillon Claydon (Greenwich) and alumni Chris Scott finishing in 7th and 8th place.
Moving on to Saturday’s track events and starting with the Women’s 100m hurdles, GSF athlete Angelita Broadbelt-Blake (Hammersmith and Fulham) finished strong in 5th place with a season best time of 13.42. In the Men’s 100m, 17 past and present GSF athletes were looking to make their mark in this event. Following the heats, GSF athlete (pictured) Eugene Amo-Dadzie (Waltham Forest) and Alumni athletes Recce Prescod, Jeremiah Azu, Chijindu Ujah and Oliver Bromby secured their place in the final. GSF Alumni Reece Prescod came home in second place, with Eugene coming home with the Bronze medal.
Over to the Women’s 100m event, 13 GSF past and present athletes took to the track ready to impress. Into the final, GSF athletes Imani-Lara Lansiquot (Croydon), Bianca Williams (Lee Valley Regional Authority) and GSF alumni athletes Dina Asher-Smith, Kristal Awuah and Annie Tagoe made up a very strong starting line up. Alumni Athlete Dina took home the Gold medal, with Imani-Lara securing the Silver medal and Bianca taking home Bronze.