Essex Championships Days 2 & 3, 25th & 26th May 2013 Chelmsford
Excellent warm conditions brought out a fine crop of medals and personal best as the two day Essex Championships took place at Chelmsford this weekend.
The Under 17 women led the way with five golds and four silver medals. Michelle Hughes won two golds and a silver, to add to her silver from Day 1. She smashed her 80m hurdles best to qualify for the final and went even faster to win gold in the fastest time by an U17 this summer, as her two main rivals crashed out. Another PB in the 100m brought silver and on Sunday Michelle added the 300m hurdles title in another career best. Georgie Taylor defended her title and erased the 29 year old championship best, with Rachel Forder in silver, and Georgie returned to add shot gold. Lydia Hallam was another double medallist, taking silver in Saturday's 3000m and adding 800m runners up gong the next day. Mercy Gutteridge completed the U17 honours board with pole vault gold.
There were eight medals for the Under 20 Men, with the hurdlers leading the way. On Saturday Robbie Clarricoats just edged out George Hadler to claim silver, with George winning bronze and on Sunday George made no mistake in his 400m hurdles speciality with Robbie coming through for bronze. Josh Olawore won the long jump gold while Massi Dendani ran strongly for silvers in both the 800m & 1500m, the latter in a new PB. Pat Lear was javelin runner up in this age group.
Modupe Shokunbi dominated the Under 15 girls 100m, to add the shorter sprint to her 200m title from Day One. Her wind-aided winning time was not only the fastest time ever by a club U15 Girl, it was also the fastest in Britain this year. Katie Dawson added high jump bronze in this age group.
Rebecca Brown won a competitive Under 13 girls 800m to defend her title and in the process carved a massive 10 seconds off her best and jump into the all-time top 5 in this event. In the Under 13 boys age group Jairzinho Morris came close to adding 100m gold to his Day 1 200m title but had to settle for silver and a new PB.
The Under 15 boys 800m final saw Ben Ellis come close to gold but a bump from the eventual winner on the final bend pushed him back into silver but with the consolation of a new PB. There were two bronze medals in this age group as personal best from Matt Owers (80m hurdles) and John Nelson (javelin) secured podium places.
Tom Pitkin was a double medallist in the Under 17 Men's age group winning the 400m hurdles title after sealing bronze in the flat equivalent while Ed Thompson won another gold in the pole vault.
There were fewer club athletes in action in the other categories but some good performances. Emma Christmas won senior women's javelin gold while Debbie Knight saw the Under 20 women's gold medal slip away as a final round throw from Newham's Demi Broomfield took the title with Debbie second. Javelin coach Sam Harrison also got on the podium with silver in the senior javelin and Jack Edgar-Hill's second race at the senior 110m hurdles brought him silver and a new PB while Emmanuel Quarshie's shot PB earned senior bronze. Steve Rand's 1500m PB saw him take silver in the veteran's 1500m.
|Veteran Men||Steve Rand (1500m)|
|Senior Men||Jack Edgar Hill (110m H); Sam Harrison (JT)||Emmanuel Quarshie (SP)|
|Senior Women||Emma Christmas (JT)|
|Junior Men||George Hadler (400mH); Josh Olawore (LJ)||Robbie Clarricoats (110mH); Pat Lear (JT); Massi Dendani (800m & 1500m)||George Hadler (110mH); Robbie Clarricoats (400mH)|
|Junior Women||Debbie Knight (JT)|
|Under 17 Men||Thomas Pitkin (400mH); Ed Thompson (PV)||Thomas Pitkin (400m)|
|Under 17 Women||Georgie Taylor (DT & SP); Michelle Hughes (80mH & 300mH); Mercy Gutteridge (PV)||Rachel Forder (DT); Lydia Hallam (800m & 3000m; Michelle Hughes (100m);|
|Under 15 Boys||Ben Ellis (800m)||John Nelson (JT); Matthew Owers (80mH)|
|Under 15 girls||Modupe Shokunbi (100m);||Katie Dawson (HJ)|
|Under 13 Boys||Jairzinho Morris (100m)|
|Under 13 girls||Rebecca Brown (800m)|
75m - 4th - Isobel McDonach 10.66 PB (Heat: 10.52w PB); Heats: Mia Skipper 11.66w PB; Molly Sweetman 11.68 PB
800m - 1st - Rebecca Brown 2:24.84 PB ; 7th - Katie Mitchell 2:36.27 PB; 9th - Jessica Mitchell 2:39.69 PB; 10th - Kate O'Neill 2:41.30 PB Also: Molly Bath 2:48.72, Molly Sweetman 2:50.68 PB; Hannah Paton 3:14.82 PB
100m 1st - Modupe Shokunbi 12.12s w/a (CBP): SF: Abigail Shipton 13.51 PB; (Heat: 13.56w)
300m - 4th Katie Dawson 45.62s PB
800m - 7th Amy Baggs 2:29.37s PB (Heat: 2:32.22)
Long Jump - 4th - Annie Maguire 4.73m
High Jump - =3rd - Katie Dawson 1.40m
100m - 2nd - Michelle Hughes 12.41w PB (Heat: 12.59 PB)
300m: 7th - Louise Lear 46.18s PB
800m - 2nd - Lydia Hallam 2:13.58s )Heat: 2:23.49); 4th - Sarah Wilson 2:22.97s PB (Heat: 2:25.17s PB; 6th - Heidi Surman-Wells 2:25.69s (Heat: 2:26.24s)
3000m - 2nd - Lydia Hallam 10:31.03s
80m Hurdles - 1st - Michelle Hughes 11.52w PB (Heat: 11.53 PB); 4th - Lucy Bailey 12.68w PB (Heat: 12.88 PB)
300m Hurdles: 1st - Michelle Hughes 46.72s PB
Pole Vault - 1st - Mercy Gutteridge 2.80m
Discus - 1st - Georgie Taylor 43.18m CBP; 2nd - Rachel Forder 40.76m
Shot - 1st - Georgie Taylor 10.48m
Long Jump: 10th - Louise Lear 3.96m
Junior Women / U20s
1500m - 5th Isabella Woods 5:16.16
Javelin - 2nd - Debbie Knight 38.90m
Javelin - 1st - Emma Christmas 37.49m
100m 2nd - Jairzinho Morris 12.80 PB (Heat: 12.79w PB)
100m 7th Matthew Owers 12.57w (Heat: 12.53w PB)
300m 4th Matthew Owers 40.14 PB
800m 2nd - Ben Ellis 2:07.41 PB (Heat: 2:14.01) Heat: Oliver Bath 2:39.91s
3000m 6th - Oliver Bath 11:24.40 PB
80m Hurdles 3rd - Matthew Owers 12.50w PB
Triple Jump 6th Matthew Owers 10.40m PB
400m 3rd - Thomas Pitkin 55.84
400m Hurdles: 1st - Thomas Pitkin 64.40s
100m - Heat - Karl Tucker 11.54w PB
800m - 2nd - Massi Dendani 1:58.72s
1500m - 2nd - Massi Dendani 4:09.75s PB
110m Hurdles: 2nd - Robbie Clarricoats 14.48w PB; 3rd - George Hadler 14.50w PB; 4th - Josh Olawore 15.07s
400m Hurdles: 1st - George Hadler 55.11s; 3rd - Robbie Clarricoats 56.58s
Long Jump - 1st - Joshua Olawore 6.80m
100m - 6th - Daniel Margiotta 11.59w (Heat 11.51w PB)
110m Hurdles: 2nd - Jack Edgar Hill 15.58w PB; 4th - Jeremy Watson 16.16w
5000m 4th - Rob Warner 15:34.00 PB
Shot: 3rd - Emmanuel Quarshie 13.81m PB
1500m: 2nd - Steve Rand 4:24.0
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