Five go running up in Norwich

Five Stevenage and North Herts AC youngsters represented Hertfordshire at the UK Athletics Sportshall Regional Championships. They brought home a gold and four silver medals between them from Norwich Sports Centre on Saturday. The counties competing were

Five Stevenage and North Herts AC youngsters represented Hertfordshire at the UK Athletics Sportshall Regional Championships.

They brought home a gold and four silver medals between them from Norwich Sports Centre on Saturday.

The counties competing were Beds, Cambs, Essex, Herts, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Four girls competed in the under-13 age group (school Years Eight and Nine).


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They were led by a personal best high jump performance from Janet Browne when she cleared 1.51m to collect the gold medal.

Close on her heels, in second place for the silver medal, clearing 1.45m was Alice Rackham.

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Joining in the medal collecting was Alex Gates, who won two silvers, jumping a personal best of 6.36m in the standing triple jump and clocking 1:21.1 in the arduous six-lap race for two well-deserved second places.

Janet and Alex joined together to race the eight-lap race, coming third. Ayo Awokoya put the shot 8.34m to score well in fifth place.

Herts finished in third place behind the home team (Norfolk) and Essex.

Not to be outdone, under-15 boy (Years 10 and 11) Daniel Gardner also won a silver medal, coming second in the 30-second Speed Bounce competition.

He then jumped 7.16m in the standing triple jump for sixth place. Herts finished fourth in this age group.

Out in the cold and windy but sunny winter weather at St Albans, 14 team-mates ran in the county secondary schools' cross-country championships.

Highest placing went to Hannah Dewhurst, third in the junior girls' (Years eight and Nine) age group, followed in 15th by Claire Ward, 18th Sarah Pike and Charlotte Baird in 38th place.

The intermediate girls (Years 10 and 11) saw a fifth placing by Natasha Little followed closely by sister Victoria in sixth place. Karen Meadows ran well finishing in 13th place.

Josh Moss (ninth) and Callum McKechnie (17th) ran in the senior boys' (Years 12 and 13) age group.

Four boys competed in the intermediate boys' (Years 10 and 11) race, led home by Lewis Keeble 11th, followed by Warren Herridge (24th), David O'Connor (25th) and Luke Langley (27th).

Ed Bottomley was 29th in the Pre-Junior (Year Seven) race.

Emma Kemp competed in the warmth of the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham.

She had a busy weekend clocking 25.92 and 25.72 for her two 200m races, and 2:18.93 and 2:16.51 for her 800m races.

This was a week after finishing second in an invitation 400m (57.34) at the Norwich Union Grand Prix meeting in Glasgow.

Connor Winters went to Eton to a jumps meeting and recorded a personal best of 2.70m in the pole vault.

The previous weekend, at Brunel University, Daniel Gardner vaulted 2.80m for a new club 21st century under-15 boy record and his under-11 years brother Nathan jumped 3.59m in the long jump.

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