Deji Tobias has been voted Young Athlete of the Year at the inaugural England Athletics Hall of Fame Awards at Birmingham.
The Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC youngster is unbeaten in all UK competition in the U17 age group this year, including the U17 and English Schools 100m titles. However, joy turned to disappointment for Tobias at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India.
He looked set for a medal in the 100m with the second-fastest time of the semi-finals, and although he ran a new personal best (pb) of 10.52 secs in the final, he had to settle for fourth.
It was a similar story for WSEH hurdler Laurie Clark, who also cruised through the 110m hurdles heats with a pb of 14,23 secs - but despite beating it again with 14.22 in the final, was also squeezed out to fourth. WSEH's third athlete at the Games, Shelayna Oskan won her semi-final with another pb of 54.90 secs, but could not improve on that in the final and came fifth in 55.77.
Meanwhile, back at the Hall of Fame Awards, WSEH were voted Southern Club of the Year.
The 2008 track season has seen them crowned champions in the National Young Athletics League, Southern Young Athletics League, UK Women's League Division One, Southern Women's League Division One, Alder Valley Girls League and Alder Valley Boys League, as well as landing two British League Cup titles.
But the celebrations did not last long as the club has just found out that UK Athletics has turned down its request for grant aid.
* ISOBEL REA, of Chiswick-based West 4 Harriers, won her sixth Richmond Parkrun event in eight attempts on Saturday, clcking 20:15.
West 4 Team-mate Louise Bottomley was just over a minute behind in third.