England Age Group Championships
Many of our young athletes were experiencing a higher level of competition at the England Indoor Championships and they did themseleves proud, many making semi finals and others achieving personal bests.
Jordan Ricketts looked very strong in the heat of the U20 60m hurdles, winning comfortably but unfortunately made a mistake in the final which cost him a medal. Our younger hurdlers produced some good results with Olivia Hopwood, Abigail Rickard and Miriam Allen running personal bests in the heats and Sophia Deans making the semi-final in the U17 women's race.
In the 60m sprints, Valerio Duha was sixth in the U20 final and both Ella Woods and Miriam Allen ran personal bests in the U15 girls heats. Sharlene McIntosh-Walcott was a semi-finalist in the U17 W 60m and Omar Holness ran a pb in the U20 200m. Some of our other multi-eventers were competing and Rhianna Burrell was close to her pb in both the shot and the long jump. Ella Woods had another pb in the high jump following her improvement in the 60m so had a good experience in her first championships.
National Cross Country Championships
The conditions were always going to be tough in Nottingham but with almost lakes to contend with and the mud gettting deeper as the races went on our athletes had a hard day at the office. In the senior men's race the team were hopeful of doing well and ended up 9th the scorers being Omar Ahmed 14th, Kadar Abdullahi 22nd, Sam Johnson 82nd, Mike Tanner 106th, Alex Tovey 136th and Jonathan Bradford 151st. Also running were Jonathan Gorringe 179th, Rob Harris 764th and Keith Boxley 1353th. A total of 1710 competitors completed the course.
In the women's race Hayley Carruthers set off with high hopes of a good race but sadly the prolonged wait in the cold wind at the start caused hip problems and she was forced to drop out. Kelly Butler had yet another tremendous run despite the conditions to lead the team home in 61st. Ella Shirley was on home turf and while not exactly enjoying it was a respectable 145th followed by Lizzie Watters who also had a decent run in 177th. Francis Vickers fell but was 245th, Sarah Conway also fell over her own feet and finished 315th. Also competing were Sarah Travis was 524th and Emily Evans 815th.The team finished 20th and there were 911 finishers.
Very few of our youngsters entered this event as many have two big races, InterCounties and English Schools coming up so are training hard for those. Ellen Taylor was 131st in the U17w and younger sister Amelia was 188th in the U15 race. In the U20 races Max Walk continued his excellent season with an 18th place finish and Caitlin McMorrow was 123rd in the U20 Women's race.