Athletics roundup

England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships at Bedford.

Erin Healy competed in the England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships at Bedford on 28th August. Erin chose to compete in the 200m for U15 girls, her favoured event, and finished 4th in her heat in a time of 26.19 seconds. She narrowly missed out making the final, as only the first 2 athletes in the 3 heats, plus 2 fastest losers qualified. Erin was the 3rd fastest loser on the day, which was quite an achievement for an athlete competing in a National Championship. The final was won by Alicia Regis, daughter of former GB athletes John Regis and Jennifer Stoute.

The meeting capped off what has been a successful season for Erin. She managed to achieve one of her main aims of competing in the English Schools Championships, and finished 4th in both the 100m and 200m at the Midland Championships. She has ended the season ranked 5th in the 100m, and 4th in the 200m in the Midlands, and 72nd in the 100m, and 47th in the 200m in the National rankings. Based on this, the 2017 season looks like being an exciting year for her.

Erin Healy superb 2016 season

Kettering Floodlit Open Meeting

There were some encouraging performances from many of the KTH athletes at the season’s finale  competing in the Kettering Town Harriers Floodlit Open Meeting on Tuesday 30th August. The standout performance of the evening in the sprint squad was by Berny Kwei-Tagoe who showed strength and determination when winning her 200m race in a personal best time of 27.64 seconds. Berny's performance was the only personal best achieved on the night, however, all of the other 8 athletes who competed all ran extremely well on the night.

The sprint squad has ended the season with a number of them ranked in the top 10 in their age groups in the Midlands, and will be working hard to improve on this next season, when they start their winter training in October. Their coach, Ann Inniss-Haycox, said "I am extremely proud of all that the squad has achieved this season. The progress they have made has been amazing! I'm already looking forward to next season to see how much more they can achieve!"

In the Middle Distance squad there were also some terrific performances with new significant PB's for both Fynn Batkin and younger sister Freya in the 1500m. Fynn powerd his way to an 8 second PB to record a fine 4:15.59, while Freya sliced over a second from her best with 5:16.05 to win a thrilling heat from corby AC's Imogen Dee just on the line.Rylan Raulia also sliced an impressive 19 seconds from his best with a fine 5:25.06 in the 1500m, and twin Ryan Raulia also a PB of just over a second in the 800m with 2:27.29, and Lucas Rogers also slicing 3 seconds from his 600m to recoed 1:56.06.

Well done to all athletes.