England Athletics Championship medal for Stevenage & North Herts' Jessica Astill

Jessica Astill (right) of Stevenage & North Herts Athletics Club won bronze England Athletics U15 & U17 Championships

Jessica Astill (right) of Stevenage & North Herts Athletics Club won bronze in the U17 300m race at the England Athletics U15 & U17 Championships. - Credit: PAUL KEEBLE

Jessica Astill ran a personal best time to claim bronze medal at the England Athletics U17 Championship in Manchester.

The Stevenage & North Herts Athletic Club athlete clocked 39.19 seconds, also a club record, to finish a fraction behind Etty Sisson of Charnwood and Rebecca Grieve of Pitreavie.

The times for each were the fastest in the UK this year and was five hundredths of a second quicker than she had run at the England Schools Championship last month.

Club-mate Aimie Taylor was also competing in the event with a clearance of 3.01m placing her eighth in the U17 pole vault.

Four from the club took part in the latest National Athletics League match at a soggy Chelmsford.

There were wins for Shannon Rapacchi in the senior women pole vault, her winning height 3.22m, while U20 Libby Taylor took the honours in the hammer with a throw of 44.47m

Ed Laws came second in the high jump after a heavy fall in the 400m hurdles ruled him out of the sprint hurdles and Georgia Shephard-Gazely came second In the women’s javelin with a throw of 30.35m.

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