Speed demon Okoh remains on track to reach the very top

Youngster Chenna Okoh already boasts an impressive haul of medals. Picture by Gary Mitchell.
Youngster Chenna Okoh already boasts an impressive haul of medals. Picture by Gary Mitchell.

Chenna Okoh, a rising star at Dacorum & Tring Athletics Club in Hemel Hemsptead, has posted a new milestone in his growing portfolio of personal bests.

The speedster ran 51.37s in a 400m race at the Watford Open graded meeting at Woodside Stadium last week – in his first-ever official outing at the distance.

His time was fast enough to secure him the win in his race, and has bumped him up to first place in the Power of 10 British Athletics rankings at the distance for U15 boys across the UK in 2013.

Okoh, who is still only 13 years old, also ranks second in the country at the 300m and 10th in the 200m and looks set for a very bright future in athletics.

Okoh said that his training has been going “really well this year” and extended his thanks to Dacorum & Tring coach Gavin Town.

The Year 9 student at The Cavendish School has his sights on qualifying for Team GB and representing the UK in the not too distant future.

In action elsewhere, a group of 12 Dacorum & Tring Road Runners tackled the St Albans Parkrun on Saturday morning in very wet conditions.

Jamie Marlow came away with the win in a field of more than 100 runners, while club chairman John Jales also improved his personal best time by a minute to win the men’s over 70 category.