Holly Thomas

100m hurdles

Hometown: Gidea Park, Essex

Club: Newham and Essex Beagles

Holly has been part of the elite group for many years and is known for her strong technical ability over the hurdles. A determined, positive and highly motivated athlete, Holly wants to compete abroad more this year in order to gain more international experience and achieve a new personal best.


100m = 12.2s

110mh = 13.90s

Instagram @hollythomas13

Karl Johnson

400m hurdles

Hometown: London  

Club: Newham and Essex Beagles

Karl has established himself as one of the best young athletes in the country after a stellar year in 2018. He ranked 3rd in Europe and the World for the u18 400m hurdles after winning bronze at the European youth Championships and also ranked 3rd in the UK u20. A highly motivated athlete with superb running action, Karl is on for another great year in 2019.


400mh = 51.69s

400m = 49.21s

Instagram = @Karl.johnson_

Twitter = @Karljjohnson1

Joseph Harding

100m hurdles (u17)

Hometown: Thurrock, Essex

Club: Basildon AC

Joseph is the youngest member of the group and is one of the most talented up and coming athletes in the UK. He holds the UK record for the u15s 80m hurdles with 10.50s and went straight into 2nd in the rankings in the older age group. Describing himself as driven and passionate but with a relaxed personality, Joseph now has his eyes on the u17s 100m hurdles UK record. 


60m = 6.98s

100m = 11.00s

60mh = 8.14s

100mh = 13.01s

Instagram @j.harding31

Amber-Leigh Hall

100m hurdles

Hometown: Reading, Berkshire 

Club: WSEH

Amber is a dedicated and focused athlete who joined the group 2 seasons ago. Having been ranked 10th in the world for the u18 100m hurdles and qualified for the World Youth and Commonwealth Youth Championships in the past, Amber will be able to call on this strong experience to prepare her for the senior competitions of the future.


60mh = 8.65s

100mh = 13.90s

Instagram = @axberleigh

Kennedy Holton

100m hurdles

Hometown: Clinton, MD United States

Kennedy joined the group from the United States and describes herself as a Competitive and outgoing person. She established herself after breaking her school record for a 5th time when she placed 2nd at the Atlantic Sun Championship. Kennedy is currently studying at the University of East London.


100mh = 13.54s

Instagram = @Destinaaa_

William Adeyeye

110m hurdles

Hometown: Grays, Essex   

Club: Newham and Essex Beagles

Will has been working with the group for a few years and has seen massive improvement. Always ranked among the top hurdlers in the country in the younger age groups, Will is now in the junior age group and will be looking to continue the form he has shown by qualifying for the GB Junior team for the European Junior Championships. 


100m = 11.02s

110mh = 14.88s

Instagram @chiefwill_

Twitter @willadeyeye

Jonathan Mann

400m hurdles (u17)

Hometown: Erith, Kent  

Club: Bexley AC

Jonathan is in his second season with the group and is making fast progress. Starting out mainly as sprint hurdler, Jonathan now feels his potential may lie in the 400m hurdles. Having made national age group finals previously, Jonathan is looking to move on to the podiums. 


100mh = 13.35s

110mh = 14.40s

400mh = 55.33s

Jonathan Ross

110m hurdles

Hometown: Wrightsville, GA United States

Club: University of East London

Jonathan is a highly motivated and energetic athlete who joined the group after coming from the United States to study at the University of East London. He comes with an impressive record. He has placed 3rd at NCAA D2 All-American indoor championships and also broke the Gulf South conference record at his home track to a standing ovation which he cites as his proudest moment in his career so far.


60mh = 7.84s

110mh = 13.78w/13.84s

Instagram = @jo_ross13

Ethan Akanni

110m hurdles

Hometown: Welling, London  

Club: Bexley AC

Ethan has taken a huge leap in form and now is one of the best young sprint hurdlers in Great Britain. He was ranked 2nd and 5th in the u20 60m hurdles and 110m hurdles respectively last season and in the the top 15 in the world but coming 4th at the European youth championships in 2016 is what he likes to remember the most. Ethan is currently studying at Loughborough University. 


60mh = 7.90s

u20 110mh = 13.68s

u20 60mh = 7.79s

Instagram = @ethaka124

Mayowa Osunsami

110m hurdles

Hometown: Romford, Essex

Club: Newham and Essex Beagles

Mayowa is a confident and hard-working athlete who describes himself as curious due to his desire to question and gain knowledge of his performances. Already a National champion in the u17 100m hurdles, Mayowa will be looking to continue that form in the United States where here is currently at Northeastern University on a scholarship.


60m = 6.99s

100m = 10.96s

200m = 21.70s

100mh (u17) = 12.70s

110mh (u20) - 13.83s


Instagram @M_osunsami

Twitter @MayowaSubHuncho

Ayomide Akingbehin


Hometown: South Ockendon, Essex 

Club: Havering AC

Ayo is an up and coming sprinter who is quickly improving through his diligent and determined approach to training. Currently studying at Kent University and having represented Essex in the past, Ayo wants to progress to the national level by making finals at the British University Championships and the National u23 championships. 


60m = 7.08s

100m = 11.00s

Instagram = @akinsprintz @ayoakins

Twitter = @thatguyakins

Snapchat = thatguyakins

Linkedin = Ayo Akingbehin


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