The second British Athletics Futures Sprint Relay camp at Loughborough on the 18th & 19th of May produced some promising results from the British junior team at Loughborough International on Sunday, 20 May.
The men’s junior 4x100m squad clocked the fastest U20 relay time since 2012 on their first outing of the season in 39.53. The team of Dom Ashwell, Charlie Dobson (Stephen Garnham), Jona Efoloko (John Smith) and Chad Miller (Ryan Freckleton) set the second fastest time of 2018 by the Power of 10 rankings in the process.
Eden Davis (Catherine Walker), Rio Mitcham (Leon Baptiste), Michael Olsen (Bill Walker) and Daniel Afolabi (James Roughneen) put in a strong showing to win the second of the relay races in 40.90.
The women’s junior team of Kristal Awuah (Matthew Thomas), Alisha Rees (Leon Baptiste), Georgina Adam (Denise Timmis) and Amber Anning (Ryan Freckleton) worked well together throughout the weekend and the relay camp itself.
Vera Chinedu (Matthew Thomas), Mair Edwards (John Davis), Hannah Kelly (Les Hall) and Ebony Carr (Mike Leonard) comprised the individual team, who clocked 45.91, finishing fourth in the process.
Immanuela Aliu (John Blackie), Amy Hunt (Joseph McDonnell), Samir Williams (Paul Weston) and Brandon Mingeli (Benjamin Davies) were the other athletes involved with the Futures relay camp.
The camp built on what athletes had learnt at the first relay camp in March, with more of an emphasis placed on baton skills and changeovers.
There was also the opportunity for the Futures Coaches to fine-tune athlete pairings for changeovers to ensure the strongest possible performances from the junior teams.
The next Futures Sprint Relay Camp will take place on Thursday, 21 June and Friday, 22 June on the eve of the Mannheim Gala, held on Saturday, June 23.
Mannheim is seen as one of the top junior meetings for relay squads and will give the British team another competitive opportunity on the international stage.