Essex Championships Days 2 & 3, 12th & 13th May 2012 Chelmsford
Warm but breezy conditions made for a welcome break from the recent wet & windy weather and produced a fine crop of results and over 30 medals at the main two-day Essex Championships at Chelmsford.
The Under 17 Women produced the largest medal haul with nine, with over half going to Georgie Taylor & Rachel Forder. On Saturday Georgie moved closer to the club U17 discus record with her winning 41.43m effort and Rachel added a metre and a half to her previous best with 38.08m for silver; Ella Rudgeley made it a clean sweep in third. On Sunday it was Rachel who took the honours heaving the shot 10.39m for third best on the club U17 list with Georgie 9.70m PB lifting silver. Georgie also added hammer bronze. Lydia Hallam added 800m gold and 1500m bronze and Isabella Woods' 300m bronze completed the U17 medal roll.
The Under 15 girls came home with nine medals. Michelle Hughes won a hat-trick of podium places. She took gold in the 75m hurdles in the last stride as her lunge for the line got the judges verdict in a photo finish, and also added silver in both 300m & high jump. Modupe Shokunbi was an impressive winner of the 100m clocking a new best of 12.67s on her way to victory but had to settle for silver in Sunday's 200m. Chenice Constable led throughout the long jump but was pipped for gold in the last round, and also earned high jump bronze while Gemma Archer-Haley (3000m) and Chioma Abazie (shot) also took bronze.
There were two medals in the youngest age group the Under 13 girls as Rebecca Brown smashed her previous best for silver and Sophie Taylor also set a new PB to win shot bronze.
Josh Olawore's victory in the Under 20 men's long jump was never in doubt as he took control in the first round and he ended in style with a 7.02m last round winning effort. Jon Seekings' PB earned him 400m hurdles silver in this age group and there was a pair of bronze medals in the 400m & discus for Danny Wilson and a long jump silver for Richard Holland.
In the Under 17 men's championships George Hadler was unpressed in winning gold and Alex Law's massive 6.75m long jump opener put the competition out of reach of his opponents. Lee Jarrold's 1.70m high jump clearance won silver. Tom Pitkin's 300m PB brought him bronze - the only medal for the Under 15 boys.
Three more golds came from the senior ranks. Veteran skipper Mark Bishop dived for the line to preserve his lead to take the veteran's 300m title but he crashing fall snapped his collarbone & he was whisked off to hospital and missed out on his medal ceremony. Jeremy Watson returned to form to lift the senior men's high jump trophy with 1.85m clearance and Laurence Goodacre returned to normal surroundings after his recent competition in the Olympic Stadium to take shot bronze.
Kate Cowley vaulted her highest ever outdoors and also set a championship best to lift the senior high jump pole vault title with 3.70m but was disappointed not to go higher. Claire Brennan's 400m hurdles season's best which won silver was one of her fastest ever runs and Ellie Watson added triple jump bronze.
Debbie Knight, competing for the first time since breaking bones in her foot, added over two metres to her previous best to win the junior javelin, while Laura Drew's discus PB won bronze to complete the 36 medal haul.
|Veteran Men (1)||Mark Bishop (300m,)|
|Senior Men (2)||Jeremy Watson (HJ)||Laurence Goodacre (SP)|
|Senior Women (3)||Kate Cowley (PV)||Claire Brennan (400m H)||Ellie Watson (TJ)|
|Junior Men (5)||Joshua Olawore (LJ)||Jon Seekings (400m H); Richard Holland (LJ)||Danny Wilson (400m & DT);|
|Junior Women (2)||Deborah Knight (JT)||Laura Drew (DT)|
|Under 17 Men (3)||George Hadler (400m H); Alex Law (LJ)||Lee Jarrold (HJ)|
|Under 17 Women (9)||Georgie Taylor (DT); Lydia Hallam (800m); Rachel Forder (SP);||Rachel Forder (DT); Georgie Taylor (SP);||Isabella Woods (3000m); Ella-Rose Rudgley (DT); Georgie Taylor (HT); Lydia Hallam (1500m);|
|Under 15 Boys (1)||Thomas Pitkin (300m)|
|Under 15 girls (9)||Modupe Shokunbi (100m); Michelle Hughes (75mH)||Michelle Hughes (300m & HJ); Modupe Shokunbi (200m); Chenice Constable (LJ)||Chioma Abazie (SP); Gemma Archer-Haley (3000m); Chenice Constable (HJ)|
|Under 13 Boys (-)|
|Under 13 girls (2)||Rebecca Brown (800m)||Sophie Taylor (SP)|
800m - 2nd - Rebecca Brown 2:35.39s PB (Heat: 2:39.78 Heat: Emily Marshall 2:43.40s PB
Shot: 3rd - Sophie Taylor 6.09m PB
100m 1st - Modupe Shokunbi 12.74s (s/f: 12.74s; heat: 12.67s w/a PB); Heat: Chioma Abazie 14.00w
200m 2nd - Modupe Shokunbi 27.04s (s/f: 27.09s; heat: 27.23s); 5th. Michelle Hughes 27.97s (s/f: 28.30; Heat: 27.25s); sf Katie Dawson 30.00s (Heat: 29.52s); Heat: Annie Maguire 30.90s
300m 2nd - Michelle Hughes 44.93s
800m - Heat: Amy Baggs 2:35.51s PB
1500m - 6th: Amy Baggs 5:15.62s PB; 9th Gemma Archer-Haley 5:21.85 PB
3000m - 3rd - Gemma Archer-Haley 11:56.66 PB
75m Hurdles - 1st - Michelle Hughes 11.82w (Heat: 11.72w PB)
Shot put - 3rd - Chioma Abazie 8.46. PB
Long Jump - 2nd - Chenice Constable 4.86m w/a; 5th - Annie Maguire 4.43m
High Jump - 2nd - Michelle Hughes 1.45m; 3rd - Chenice Constable 1.45m; 9th - Katie Dawson 1.35m
800m - 1st - Lydia Hallam 2:15.42s
1500m - 3rd - Lydia Hallam 4:44.18s
3000m - 3rd - Isabella Woods11:23.05s
Discus - 1st - Georgie Taylor 41.43m PB; 2nd - Rachel Forder 38.08m PB; 3rd - Ella-Rose Rudgley 16.26m
Shot - 1st - Rachel Forder 10.39m PB; 2nd - Georgie Taylor 9.70m PB;
Javelin: 4th - Rachel Forder 21.80m
Hammer - 3rd - Georgie Taylor 21.93m
Triple Jump 6th - Bethany Chambers 9.59m
Junior Women / U20s
Discus - 3rd - Laura Drew 25.30m
Javelin - 1st - Deborah Knight 37.78m PB
200m - 7th - Rachel Kerr 29.88s (Heat: 29.96s)
400m Hurdles: 2nd Claire Brennan 66.64s; 4th - Flic Clarke 68.54s
Long Jump - 5th - Hannah Connor 5.01m; 9th - Ellie Watson 4.11m;
Triple Jump - 3rd - Ellie Watson 9.29m
Pole Vault - 1st - Kate Cowley 3.70m
100m 6th Alex Hewitt 12.68s w/a (Heat: 12.67w PB ); Heat: Matthew Owers 13.68s w PB
300m 3rd - Thomas Pitkin 40.34s PB
400m Hurdles: 1st George Hadler 57.61s
High Jump - 2nd Lee Jarrold 1.70m
Long Jump - 1st - Alex Law 6.75m w/a
Shot - 9th - Harry Gibbons 9.22m PB
Discus - 11th - Harry Gibbons 26.30m
100m - 7th - Richard Holland 11.60s w/a
400m - 3rd - Danny Wilson 51.78s
800m - 4th - Massi Dendani 2:00.78s
1500m - 10th - Massi Dendani 4:29.44
400m Hurdles: 2nd Jon Seekings 67.30s PB
Long Jump - 1st - Joshua Olawore 7.02m ; 2nd Richard Holland 6.34m w/a
Discus - 3rd - Danny Wilson 34.95m
400m - 4th Paul Adair 50.75s
High Jump - 1st Jeremy Watson 1.85m
Shot: 3rd - Laurence Goodacre 13.08m
300m - 1st - Mark Bishop - 39.27s
Link to full results to follow
Photos - Saturday:
Photos: (Jane Hallam):
Photos - Sunday: (Tony Benton):