There were mixed fortunes for the WSEH athletes selected to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia. The trip started badly for Ashley Bryant and Jacob Paul – selected to compete in the Decathlon and 400m Hurdles respectively. Both injured themselves during pre competition training and had to withdraw from the team. Ben Reynolds was to first WSEH athlete to appear but he progressed no further than the Heats of the 110m hurdles. Shelayna Oskan - Clarke went into the Games as UK 800m champion and thus a serious medal prospect. However her form deserted her and she was an early casualty in the 800m Heats. It was left to the final days of the Games before WSEH athletes made their mark. Rachel Wallader made the final of the Shot, finishing a creditable 5th with a throw of 17m48. It was however Morgan Lake that emerged as a medal winner, taking silver in the High Jump with 1m93- just short of her best.
Another WSEH member to ‘medal’ was Maidenhead resident Ellie Rayer, though this time it was via another sport. She secured a bronze award participating in the England Hockey team, that finished in 3rd place.

The newly promoted WSEH team started life in Division 1 of the Southern Athletic League with a good 2nd place.

Match result:
1. Chelmsford AC 216pts, 2. WSEH AC 205pts, 3. Southampton AC 177pts, 4. Dartford Harriers 165pts.

There were some good results in the sprint events with Michael Louise setting the trend with top points in the 100m A race in a pb of 11.2secs. Aaron Lawrence was 2nd in the B race in 11.5secs. Newcomer Richard King also had a good run to place 2nd in the 200m in 22.6secs.

There was a good pb for Isaac Osei-Tutu in the 400m with a time of 51.0secs. Sixteen year old Dominic McDougall showed maturity beyond his years in the 800m, losing out in the 800m A string by a whisker in 1m58.7secs. The 1500m produced a track double for the local club with Sam Southall, another sixteen year old, impressing in winning the A string with 4m18.4, with long time race leader Dan Brookling winning the B string on 4m20.5

Simon Millett trailed the two Southampton runners for most of the 5000m race before making his move with two laps to go – winning in 15m39.8. Steve Kimber was 2nd in the B string on 16m56.4. Michael Louise was back on the track in the 110m Hurdles, this time having to settle for 2nd in 15.6secs.

The High Jump saw David Walker achieving 1m95 but having to settle on 2nd place after countback. To fill a gap in the team he then contested the Pole Vault, clearing a surprise 3m30 to place 3rd. Sam Challis was his usual consistent self, finishing 2nd in the Long Jump with 6m49. Teepee Princewell went one better to win the Triple Jump with 13m99.

WSEH struggled somewhat in the Throws events with the best result coming in the Javelin with a victory for Jude Compton-Stewart with 48m47, with Rory Naylor 2nd in the B string with 32m86. Iain Botting was another 2nd placer in the Hammer with 42m80.

The WSEH sprinters opened with a winning double – sixteen year old Ayoola Babalola opened the account by winning the A 100m in 12.3secs with Kennedy Bays taking the B race in 12.7secs. Jess Armah continued the WSEH sprint supremacy by taking the 200m in 24.7secs but this time Anyoola Babalola had to settle for 2nd in the B race in 25.7secs.

Anna Croft was the best of the WSEH 400m athletes with her 2nd place in 58.1secs. Newcomer Jennifer Ball made her track debut with a win in the 3000m in 11m15.2secs, with Juliet Soane ensuring maximum points for the local club by winning the B string with 11m42.7. Anna Croft had a busy afternoon with 2nd places in the 100m hurdles(16.1secs) and the 400m Hurdles(63.6secs). She was well supported by Rachel Melbourne 2nd in the 100m Hurdles B with 16.3secs and Alice Flint who won the B 400m Hurdles in 66.1secs.

The High Jump saw Jodie Smith taking 2nd place with 1m60, with the busy Rachel Melbourne 2nd in the B string with 1m50. Sister Sarah Melbourne was the B string Triple Jump winner with 10m90, behind Letisha Richardson’s A string 2nd place on 11m39.

Sarah Melbourne went on to place 2nd in the Shot with 11m08, with veteran Barbara Norris winning the B string on 10m48. Norris was also 2nd in the Hammer with a throw of 42m37, with another WSEH veteran Janet Smith, placing 2nd in the B string with 35m35. The Javelin event provided a 2nd place for Jodie Smith on 35m25 whilst the energetic veteran Barbara Norris won the B string with 28m18.

The 4 x 100m Relay events saw more victories for WSEH with the Men winning in 43.7secs and the Ladies with 49.9secs.