Akeem Akintokun of Havering battles with Emmanuel Sosanya of Newham. Photo: Daniel Rees

NAL Championship clubs set for second matches of the season

Written by Alex Seftel 

NAL Championship North Round 2 – Leigh – Saturday 22nd June

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Commonwealth Games finalist Alicia Barrett will be in action for City of Sheffield and Dearne as the club look to follow up their Championship North victory in Nottingham three weeks ago.

Barrett, who also competed for Great Britain at the 2017 World Athletics Championships, is set to compete in the 100m hurdles, 100m flat and 4x100m relay.

Joining her in the squad is British Universities’ (BUCS) indoor 200m champion David Chapman and pole vaulter George Heppinstall, who has improved his lifetime best to 5.20m this year.

Talking of university success, Notts AC have 2023 BUCS pole vault champion Felicia Miloro, while BUCS indoor 60m silver medallist Sharhnee Skervin is down for the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

On the men’s side of their team, Harry Whyley will be looking to follow up the 2.05m high jump personal best he set when leading a Notts one-two finish on home soil in the first match of the season.

He is also on the entry lists for the pole vault, long jump and 4x100m. Amelia Briggs-Goode is another busy Notts competitor as she is doing the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles, javelin, and is down in both relay groups.

GB junior international high jumper Halle Ferguson is one of Trafford’s top hopes as they look to build on their second position in the Championship North table.

Liverpool have Northern Universities Cup winner Tazmin Fayle in the hammer and discus, multiple-times Irish medallist Jai Benson in the triple jump, and former England under-20 indoor champion Henry Nwoke sprinting.

Former Buckinghamshire county champion Abi Fitton is part of the Marshall Milton Keynes side, while Bedford and County have world masters champion Andrea Jenkins competing in all four throws events.

NAL Championship South Round 2 – Crawley – Saturday 22nd June

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European under-23 shot put silver medallist Serena Vincent is expected to lead the City of Portsmouth entries for the second Championship South match of the season in Crawley.

Tonbridge come into the fixture leading the standings following their win in Portsmouth and decathletes Lewis Church and Harry Kendall will be key for them yet again.

Church has opted for the discus, pole vault and javelin, with Kendall on the entries for the 100m, 100m hurdles, high jump and shot put.

World under-20 finalist Gemma Tutton is one of home side Crawley’s big contenders in the pole vault, having improved her personal best to 4.37m while studying in the USA.

Another GB junior international, Kira Holt goes for Kingston AC and Poly in the 100m hurdles.

Bournemouth’s Harriet Slade will be aiming to add to her steeplechase victory in Portsmouth, while Belgrave Harriers have 2017 BUCS 100m silver medallist Sam Osewa.

NAL Championship West Round 2 – Yate – Saturday 22nd June

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Three-time Paralympic champion Aled Davies will be in Yate as part of his path to Paris 2024, fresh from being named by Great Britain as part of the team for this year’s games.

The Welsh F42 athlete will be joined at the Championship West fixture by international F44 discus thrower Harrison Walsh.

Swansea took victory in the first match of the season and they again have UK indoor shot put silver medallist Patrick Swan, who won on home turf earlier this month.

He will face Southampton’s Andrew Knight, who Swan beat both that day in the NAL, as well as at those UK indoor championships, where they joined Olympian Scott Lincoln on the podium.

The host club, Yate & District AC have multi-eventer Stephanie Brooks down for both hurdles races, along with the javelin and 4x400m.

Sam Gordon will be looking to follow up his 100m win for Cardiff AAC three weeks ago and he will be on the same team as Commonwealth Games long jumper Rebecca Chapman, who is also entered for the javelin, hammer and 400m.

Yeovil Olympiads have multiple-time British Universities’ finalist Georgia Silcox in the sprint hurdles and Basingstoke and Mid Hants have veteran David Awde in the 400m hurdles.

NAL Championship East Round 2 – Hendon – Saturday 22nd June

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Great Britain international discus thrower Greg Thompson is part of a Shaftesbury Barnet contingent looking for back-to-back victories as the NAL Championship East heads to their home venue at StoneX Stadium.

Thompson will also compete in the hammer and discus.

Shaftesbury also have reigning Southern indoor high jump champion Akin Coward and Southern outdoor long jump winner Paul Ogun in the field, with Paralympic 400m medallist Columba Blango on the track.

Newham and Essex Beagles have brought a great team across London which includes heptathlete Emma Nwofor, who represented GB at the 2021 European Indoor Championships, with sprinters Ben Snaith and Shemar Boldizsar also set to feature.

Nwofor will focus on the 100m hurdles in Barnet following her win over the distance last time out.

Chelmsford were second on home soil in the opening match of the season and they again boast British Universities’ shot put gold medallist Jess Hopkins, along with European under-18 relay champion and 400m runner Etty Sisson.

Southern Inter-Counties champion Eloise Harvey is one of the strongest members of the Herts Phoenix squad and she is set to do the long jump and triple jump, as is Herne Hill Harriers’ Ignatius Abebrese, who was a Southern under-20 silver medallist last year.

Commonwealth Games heptathlete Katy Sealy will do five field events for Havering; namely shot put, javelin, long jump, triple jump and high jump.