English Schools Championships - Gateshead
Friday 10th & Saturday 11th July 2015
Havering's eight-strong contingent returned home from the north-east with two golds and a bronze medal and a club record after a successful weekend at the English Schools Championships at Gateshead. And with the Essex team victorious at the end of the two-day event it was down to team captains Alex Law & Georgie Taylor who had the honour of receiving the victory trophy
The first gold went to marvellous Max Law who comfortably won the junior boys' javelin gold. Max’s first round throw of 50.25m added almost three metres to his previous best and was the longest in Britain this year by an U15 Boy and over two metres ahead of second placed Tom Hewson. It was a remarkable performance on Max’s English Schools’ debut and with another year in the age group he aims to defend his title next year.
The second club gold went to hot favourite Georgie Taylor did not disappoint in her final appearance at these championships, making it a hat-trick of wins, adding senior girls' discus gold to Intermediate gold in 2012 and junior gold in 2011. Girls’ team captain Georgie finished six metres clear of the opposition with her 47.45m throw.
Lydia Hallam also signed off from her English Schools’ career with a flourish as she added a bronze medal in the senior 1500m with a season's best of 4:30.54s, a fraction outside her best after a slow start to the season. It was Lydia’s second English Schools’ bronze to add to her junior 800m bronze in 2011.
Emerging talent Jack Rice had a brilliant first English Schools Championships twice breaking his 1500m PB & breaking the club under 15 record. On Friday Jack improved his 1500m best to 4m 15.92s, just three-tenths shy of the club record, to earn a deserved fastest losers spot in Saturday's in the junior boys' final. Jack ran positively in the final and was in medal contention until 200m from home, holding on superbly to clock 4:13.76s for sixth - a second PB of the weekend and beating the club record mark which had stood since 1985.
Essex Team captain Alex Law signed off his schools' career with fifth place in the senior long jump with a best of 6.62m. Modupe Shokunbi was unable to add to her medal collection in the Inter 100m, coming home 7th in 12.37m, after a hamstring strain had affected her preparations. Mayi Hughes competed well making the top 8 of the junior long jump with 5.23m in her Schools' debut but will doubtless return in future years while Tom Pitkin missed out on a senior 400m hurdles final place despite setting a PB of 55.93s.
Essex Team manager Megan Slattery said "Alex and Georgie were both amazing team captains who were excellent role models to our younger team!"
Long Jump : 8th Mayi Hughes 5.23m (Qualifying: 5.16m);
100m : 7th Modupe Shokunbi 12.37s (heat 1st 12.39s; 3rd semi: 12.58s);
1500m: 3rd Lydia Hallam 4:30.54s
Discus 1st Georgie Taylor 47.45m
1500m :6th Jack Rice 4:13.76s PB & Club U15 record) Heat: 4:15.92s PB
Javelin: 1st Max Law 50.25m PB
400m Hurdles Heat Tom Pitkin 55.93s PB
Long Jumps 5th - Alex Law 6.62m
Pics: Ian Law