County Champs - Jumps, throws & sprints

Harriers Taste Success Once Again

It was an unexpectedly warm weekend of athletics at the annual Northamptonshire County Championships, which were held at Rockingham Triangle, Corby, and there were many brilliant performances from all groups.

The multi-event/throwing group gained a total of 26 medals at the championships, 10 gold, 9 silver and 7 bronze, with a number of Pb’s as well. Daisy Gilbert managed to once again break her hammer club record with a distance of 26.41 securing the gold medal over Harriet Sumnall who gained a silver medal. Daisy also got gold in the shot with 8.69 and a bronze in javelin with 20.77. Harriet also got gold in the discus with 23.65 and silver in the javelin with 23.77. Younger Gilbert, Annie, gained a silver for discus with 19.66 and bronze for javelin with 16.44. Freya Marlow secured gold in the Javelin 13.88, a bronze for discus 12.90 and silver in her 70m hurdles. Travis Bowley leapt a Pb of 4.07 in long jump to gain bronze and threw 21.22 in javelin for a silver medal. Lorna Milne gained silvers in the 80m hurdles and the 100m respectively. Bradley Fox finally managed to break the 100m hurdle record which he has been aiming to do so for many, many, months with a time of 15.1. He managed to gain a bronze medal in that. He also gained bronze medals in the high jump with 1.70 and javelin with 32.54, along with silvers in the 100m with 11.9 and long jump with 6.19 narrowly missing out on the gold by 1 cm. Niamh Bailey continued her successful form of the season to win a colossal 6 gold medals, including that all important English School Qualifying Distance in Long Jump. She managed to improve her PB in the Long Jump to 5.45m, ranking her 15th in the Country. She also backed that performance up with a personal best in the 400m and seasons bests in the 200m, High Jump and Javelin. Her final gold medal was in the 100m, where she ran with an exceptional male field.

The sprinters did notdisappoint again with Tom Carvell and Courtney Williams both winning medals in the short distances. Tom managed to claim the 200m U20 Title in a new personal best time of 24.1 and ran a excellent race in a high quality field to come 2nd in the 100m. Courtney was dipping his toe into the County Championships for the first time where he finished a creditable 4th in the 200m in a new Personal Best time of 24.6 and he received his first medal, that being Bronze in the u17m 100m in a time of 12.0. Gemma Elliott also ran to gold position for her age group in the 400m and Rowena Cattell recorded a new PB in the U15 200m.

We would like give special thanks for Matt Peleszok’s continued training and patience.

Also we would like to thank all athletes, officials, coaches and parents for being a part of the Championships, and we look forward to it next year.

Report by Niamh Bailey and Bradley Fox

Meanwhile, in  the Leicestershire County Champs Katy Williams got the bronze in the 200m in 30.8 and  the silver in the 100m, in 14.4.