As we look forward to the return of club league fixtures it seems appropriate to take a look at activities in the various championships during the past two weeks.
South of England Senior and Under 20 Championships
Melbourne Park saw its first South of England Senior and Under 20 Championships, and it was the U20’s that provided us with our best results.
There was an excellent performance from Onyeka Okoh, as he took the U20M 400mH hurdles title in 52.05s, whilst in the U20W 100mH, Lily Parris put in two fine runs by winning her Heat and then taking the Silver medal with a time of 13.94s.
Three further medals came from Senior events, via Scott Thomas in the Steeplechase with a time just shy of his Personal Best, and Tom Hewes in the High Jump, whilst Jessica Hopkins placed third in the Women’s Shot Putt.
Other Seniors competing were Bradley Reed, 4th in the 110mH, Zach Bridgeland 5th in the 5000m and Adam Reid in the 200m.
From the Women’s team, Alexandrea Adeniji came up with a PB in the Shot Putt, with 13.56m, for 4th place. Other performances came from Erin Minton-Branfoot (400m), Rebecca Quinlan (1500m) and Chay Clark (400mH).
Included in the programme were 3k events for U17’s, and club colours were well to the fore - in the boys event Jacob Hurrell was 2nd, Austin Kelly 4th and Dylan Robins 5th. The girls U15 event found Daisy Stollery 4th, Lottie Wilkin 6th, Sienna Shipton 7th and Rosie Hopper 10th.
Four of our athletes made the journey to Manchester for the UK Championships. Bradley Reed came up with a seasons best of 14.63s in the 100mH, whilst Onyeka Okoh finished a brilliant 3rd in his Heat of the 400mH.
Lee Dollard recorded a PB in the Men’s 100m Heats, while Chay Clark was only just outside her own PB in the Women’s 400mH Heats.
Lily Parris and Tom Hewes were also invited to compete at the Championships, but unfortunately had to withdraw through illness and injury.
England Athletics U17/U15 Combined Events Championships
Another national event took place at Bedford on 18/19 June, with the England Athletics U17/U15 Combined Events Championships, and here we were represented by Sam Wright in the U17 Men competition. Rarely can an athlete achieve 6 PB’s from the 10 events comprising the Decathlon, and yet still not win at the end of the day. Day 1 saw Sam record 11.39s in the 100 metres for 3rd place, 6.90m in the Long Jump (1st), 11.90m in the Shot Putt (1st) PB, 1.80m in the High Jump (1st) and 53.60 in the 400m (PB) and leading comfortably at end of Day 1.
On Day 2 he ran 14.21s in the 100mH (1st place) and threw 29.38m in the Discus (3rd, PB) With 2.30m (PB) in the Pole Vault things looked promising. Then came the penultimate event - the Javelin - and proved to be a turning point. With a distance of 22.01m and 11th place, it left a lot to make up the in the last event – the 1500m. A brave attempt to regain the lead came with a win in 4m 36.50, for another PB, but ultimately only enough for second place. Securing a Silver medal in a national event is still something to be proud of – and Sam also had the consolation of setting a new Club Record of 5757 for U17M Decathlon.
Eastern AA Championships
Meanwhile our youngsters were able to keep up the club profile last weekend in the Eastern AA Championships staged at Cambridge, picking up 14 medals. Matilda Hewitt (U15) took the Shot Putt title and placed second in the Hammer whilst Dylan Robins (U15) won the 1500 metres. Silver medals were won by Harry Marshall (U15 100m), Molly Drane (U17 1500m), Megan Harris (U20 1500m and 3000m) and Lily Frost (U15) in the Hammer. Lily also finished third in the Discus.
Other Bronze medallists were Cara Duncan (U17) in the 100m, Ben Watley (U15) in the 800m, and Bethan Davies (U15) in the 800m.
Daisy Stollery (U15 1500m), Amelie Scott (U15 Triple Jump) also picked up Bronze medals.