BILLY Praim-Singh has made history for Southend-on-Sea AC after breaking a 45-year-old club hammer record.

The talented 16-year-old usurped the throw of former club president Trevor Woods, who, as a 30-year-old, recorded a personal best of 46.06m back in 1971.

Billy has enjoyed a meteoric rise up the junior age group hammer ranking lists but his latest throw of 566.17m has seen him climb even higher up the standings.

Now an under-20, Billy has moved up to second in the national age rankings in the under-20s (the 6kg with 56.17m) and eighth in the senior category after a tremendous throw of 47.77m (7.26kg)

Billy continues to add to his own collection of club age records, overtaking Sam Grant's 2013 46.67 6kg in 2012 as well as his 47.77m 7.26k throw.

Trevor was the first to say that the record was long overdue being broken and that Billy was just the man to do it. 

This year’s race will be on Sunday 2nd October 2016. 

I will provide full details, including registration information, once open, in due course.

Mathew Gillard

(Race Director) runner

This is to sincerely apologise to anyone who took part in Sunday's Southend 10K for the fact that the distance was more than 10 kilometres.  As race director, I am embarrassed by this error and, as a runner myself, can fully sympathise with any frustrations that you may have, as I am well aware how important race times are to everyone.

Whilst I accept that this may be of no consolation to you, our new course was officially measured and certified beforehand.  The extra distance on the day was sadly down to a marshalling absentee at the entrance to Gunners Park.

I can assure you that I am taking this matter extremely seriously and will ensure better marshalling and indeed signage next year to prevent a re-occurance.  Thank you for entering the race and I hope that this has not put you off entering again next year.

As for the event itself, please do contact me and provide any other observations you may have, which can then be put to the race committee, so that we can seek to make improvements next year, where necessary.

Apologies again.

Mathew Gillard

(race director)

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