High Five for Harriers English Schools competitors!

With the main Track & Field highlight for all school age athletes, English Schools National Championships, now just a little over a week away, Kettering are proud to have x5 athletes selected to represent their County, competing at the Championships.


English Schools Hopefulls from L to R (Johan Claassens, Alice Bennett, Jemima Davey, Elizabeth Reading & Peyton Almond) 


The 93rd English Schools Championships will see just under 2,000 of the best athletes from the Country competing in what is the most prestigious National Track Championships for school age children in the calendar, and is the 4th largest athletics event in the world. Nearly all the UK Olympic Athletics team members have featured in the ESAA Championships during their careers and for many this will be the highlight of their athletics career, so massive congratulations to all five of the Harriers selected.


The championships will again this year take place in the magnificent surroundings of the Alexander stadium which underwent a £72million redevelopment ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The venue has a permanent capacity of 18,000.


Alice Bennett (Top Year Senior Girl) will make her fourth and final appearance at the championships, and has been ever consistent qualifier in each of the 6 school age groups, but with no championships in 2020 due to covid & having to miss 2023 when she was competing in the Commonwealth Youth games, she will be keen to make her final championship a memorable one. Bennett has previously enjoyed with a podium finish in 2022 (Bronze Medal) with a 4th place finish in 2021, and she will go into the competition in good form (UK Ranked 6th) and one of three athletes who have all run within a second of each other, all of whom will be eying up a potential podium finish.  


Alice Bennett (UK ranked 6th U20) heads into the Championship eying up a potential podium finish


Jemima Davey (Bottom year Inter Girl) will make her third consecutive appearance at English Schools competing for Somerset Schools in the 800m. Davey will hope she can shake off the after effects of a nasty virus, and she heads into the championship in generally good form having set PB’s in the 200m/ 400m & 800m, she is UK ranked 68th. The 800m event in this age group is one of the most competitive event in the championships, so she will need to be at her very best to progress to the finals.


Jemina Davey third consecutive appearance at English Schools, competing in the IG 800m


Peyton Almond (Top year Junior Girl) makes her first appearance at this prestigious championship. Almond (2nd claim KTH athlete) has been training with the squad from the tail end of 2023 and has made huge improvement this year setting a 16 second PB in the 1500m/ 8 seconds in her 800m, and 4 seconds in her 300m, and she is UK ranked 51st at 1500m. Almond has enjoyed a terrific season so far in her second spell at the Harriers and is excited to be competing against the best in the Country, she will benefit hugely from her first experience of top flight competition.  


Peyton Almond first appearance at English Schools following superb improvements in all her events in 2024 


Elizabeth Reading (bottom Year Senior Girl) has taken almost a second from her PB in 2024 and is UK ranked 67th over 200m, her preferred event, with a current PB of 25.72. It is the first time that Reading has been selected to compete at the championships, and comes a year after she competed in her first England Championships. She has put together a good series of runs this season, and is excited to finally get an opportunity to compete in the championships.  


Elizabeth Reading (30) first appearance at English Schools, competes over 200m


Johan Claassens (Top year Junior Boy) has made steady progress in 2024 under guidence of Throws Coach Lorna Barlow improving his 4kg shot by almost half a meter. Classeens sits in 19th place in the UK rankings with his throw of 12.71m thown at the KTH Open in April.

We wish the very best of luck to all the athletes selected and hope they have an enjoyable experience competing.