England Athletics Under 15 & Under 17 Championships - Bedford
Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th August 2017
A gold, four bronze medals and a new club record, made this weekend's England Athletics Under 15 and Under 17 Championships one of the most successful to date for club athletes, at a sunny Bedford.
Max Law turned the tables on English Schools Champion and UK Number 1 Tom Hewson to claim Under 17 javelin gold with 62.24m as his Hampshire based opponent threw 61.87m for silver. It was Max's third consecutive England Athletics title, after wins in the Under 15 event in teh previous two years, and he will aim to add a further Under 17 title at next year's competition.
Jess Mitchell had kick started the medal tally late on Saturday when she added Under 17 3000m bronze to her English Schools equivalent. She had looked good for silver but was overhauled with 200m left but was never in danger of losing bronze..
Ultra consistent Alice Brown also added an England Under 15 bronze to her English Schools junior girls' bronze. Alice's 32.88m throw was just 10 cm shy of her best, while training partner Robyn Moody placed seventh with 29.24m.
Lola Kuponiyi won her first national medal with bronze in the Under 15 girls' shot, her 12.89m putt was just 4 cms short of her week old club record. Adelaide Thatcher-Gray also made her first national final, finishing eighth in the Under 15 javelin, improving her career best and club record to 34.97m in the process.
Mayi Hughes completed the medal roll in the final event but by the narrowest of margins, edging Dartford English Schools' champion Eloise Harvey out of the medals on countback as both had the same best leap of 11.70m. Mayi's bronze was also a repeat of her English Schools' achievement.
Bradley James, 9th in the Under 15 boys' javelin and Philippa Gill, 10th in the Under 17 shot completed the nine strong club line up.
Under 15 Girls:
Shot : 3rd Lola Kuponiyi 12.89m
Discus: 3rd - Alice Brown 32.88m; 7th Robyn Moody 29.24m;
Javelin: 8th - Adelaide Thatcher-Gray 34.97m PB & Club Record
Under 17 Women:
3000m : 3rd - Jessica Mitchell 9:56.28s
Triple Jump : 3rd - Mayi Hughes 11.70m
Shot : 10th Philippa Gill 11.84m
Under 15 Boys:
Javelin: 9th - Bradley James 46.75m
Under 17 Men:
Javelin: 1st Max Law 62.24m
Pics: Sam Harrison, Pat Gahagan, Emily Brown