English Schools Championships - Gateshead

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th July 2016  

Max Law defended his junior boys’ javelin title in style at the English Schools’ Championships at Gateshead on Saturday.  As the undisputed UK number 1 in his age group, Max was odds-on favourite to win and he did not disappoint - his 59.99m winning throw was over nine metres longer than last year’s victorious effort and was over eight metres ahead of the field.  But his winning distance fell 25 cms short of the 60.24m championship record.

Mayi Hughes was an impressive fourth in the Inter Girls triple jump, in only her fourth competition at the event, beating half a dozen higher ranked athletes. Her 11.23m jump was just two cms short of her club record. Older sibling Michelle Hughes, competing for Surrey, had to settle for fifth in the senior 400m hurdles in her final appearance at these championships, before heading off to America for university.

There other club athletes will have benefitted from their first experience at these prestigious championships, often called “The Kids’ Olympics”. Discus duo Robyn Moody and Rosie Brown were ninth and 15th respectively with 28.41m & 26.10m in the junior girls’ event on a day when several throwers failed to reproduce their best form, while Millie Hodges was also unable to progress beyond the 75m hurdles heats after her 12.17s clocking.

Junior Girls:

75m Hurdles : Heat: 5th Millie Hodges 12.17s

Discus: 9th Robyn Moody  28.41m; Rosie Brown 26.10m

Inter Girls:

Triple Jump : 4th - Mayi Hughes 11.23m

Senior Girls

400m Hurdles: 5th - Michelle Hughes 64.15s (Heat 64.17s)

Junior Boys:

Javelin: 1st Max Law 59.99m

 

Pic: Ian Law