It has been a busy bank holiday weekend of track and field action, and we will start our round-up of the action in Birmingham at the England Athletics Age Group Champs.
On Saturday, Sadie Parker kicked her U17 long jump competition off in style with a 5.47m jump in the first round, putting her in early medal contention. She followed this with a series of 5 more valid and consistent jumps but was unable to improve her distance. In a very close competition, she eventually finished 5th and just 5cm outside of the medal positions. Lauren Creaby went in the U17 800m heats, looking to make the final. She made a break towards the front with 450m to go as the pace ramped up. She eventually finished in 4th place, just outside of the qualification places.
Cool and breezy conditions greeted our athletes on Sunday, with Hollie-Anne first up in the 200m. Sadly it wasnt her day, and she was unable to perform to her usual standard and did not progress to the semi-finals. Luke Pichler started a busy day in the long jump, starting his comp with a solid 6.33m. After 3 rounds, he was in 9th place and so just missed out on an extra 3 jumps. Shortly after he took part in the 100m hurdles heat, and was right in the mix before clattering hurdle 9 which prevented him from challenging for the qualifying places. Finishing the weekend was Abigail Huntly at her first English Championships. On paper, she had the slowest PB going into the 75m hurdles, but she rose to the occasion and produced a fine run in her heat, finishing in a very competitive 5th place. Her wind-assisted time of 11.97 was her fastest ever time, and just 0.3 off what was required to qualify for the final. Check out our video report below.
The brilliant Tartan Games took place at Gateshead on Sunday, with athletes competing in mixed conditions to say the least! Alex and Harry once again starred in the U11 events. Alex was 1st in the Standing long jump with 1.90m, also winning the howler with a 24.10m throw and he took 3rd in the 60m. Harry took a brilliant 2nd in the 60m in 9.59s, and produced solid performamces in the howler and standing long jump. Aman set a new personal best of 18.78m in the javelin, whilst she returned to form in the hurdles with 12.79 which was another PB. Ben took 3rd place in the 75m in a close race, and finished 1st in the shot put. Izabela was 4th in the 75m hurdles in wet conditions just outside her personal best, and was just outside her PB's in Long jump and 100m. Well done to all who took part!
England Athletics Age Group Champs Results
Tartan Games Results