It was a golden day for many of the Royal Sutton Coldfield athletes who attended the Warwickshire County Track and Field Championships at Nuneaton.
Fifteen County titles were won by Sutton athletes last weekend including one in the Staffordshire Championships. The haul of medals included fifteen golds, two silvers and two bronzes. Two of the throwers attained English Schools’ qualifying distances, notably Megan Sharman with a personal best of 36.90m in the Hammer and Jasmine Walker who threw 34.97m in the javelin, breaking the County Championship record by over 6 metres. The fact that the club is becoming much stronger in the throwing competitions was evidenced by gold medals for under-13 Ethan Cook in the discus and for under-17 James Ward who won double gold in the discus and hammer. In addition, Elsa Buchanan threw a personal best of 21.36m in the javelin. In the senior women, Chrissie Prince remarkably won triple silver medals in the hammer, shot and discus with Sheri Smart gaining bronze in the discus.
The sprints were dominated by two impressive athletes. Up and coming under-13 star Isobel Male blew away the opposition in the 100m (13.04s) and the 200m (26.85s) and the senior men’s events were dominated by Kane Howitt who won the sprint double with the stunning times of 10.72s and 21.48s in the 100m and 200m respectively. Not to be outdone, Shem Nelson took the 400m in a time of 52.26s. There was also a personal best of 11.7s for under-17 Cameron Harris in the 100m.
Under-13 girl Sian Duval became the 800m Staffordshire champion by beating off some strong opposition with a very respectable 2m-33.7s. Her brother under-17 Lewis Duval also ran a personal best time of 4m-31.3s in the 1500m. Rising star Charlotte Prince won the 800m in a time of 2m-39.3s to become Warwickshire champion and she also took silver with a strong race in the 1500m event. Under-15 Charlotte Hey won gold in a blistering 1500m race against very strong opposition in a personal best time of 4m-57.2s. On the previous day Charlotte also took bronze with a personal best of 2m-26.4s plus she achieved personal bests in the javelin and long jump. In the U20 men’s 3000m steeplechase, there was a clear victory for Alex Blackham with a time of 10m-50.6s. Other notable performances came from Frederic Tremblay, 4th in the senior men’s 800m, and Tom Chew, also 4th in the 1500m, running a Personal Best in the process.
Other personal bests were achieved by Caitlin White (1500m), Martha Wood (800m), Lucy Carey (1500m), Zara Buchanan (1500m) and Hannah Smith in the hammer. The U11 boy’s Quadkids competition was dominated by winner Harrison North. His performances included a club record of 29.12m in the ‘Howler’ throw and a time of 10.8s in the 75m.
Well done to everyone that competed for these great results!
Great performances on Saturday by everyone with an excellent team spirit.
Things will only get better as the season goes along and we can fill in all the gaps in our team sheet…
The results are shown below and are also on The Power of 10 (link).
The final places were:
1st – Telford
2nd – Abingdon
3rd – BRAT
4th – Coventry
5th – RSC
6th – Newport.
Alex Jones improved his PB in the 800m from 1.59.5 to 1.58.1
Tom Parkes improved his PB in the 1500m from 4.42.3 to 4.33.9
Ellen Humpherston improved her PB in the 1500m from 5 .10.8 to 5.09
Fiona Smith set new PBs in both the Long Jump and 400m in the W50 category
Kevin Brown was very close to his M50 Club record in taking second place in the Shot. The Mens 4x100m ( Nick P/Lee H/Shem N/Kane H) and 4x400m ( Lee H/Alex J/Shem N/Nick P) were also very close to the Club records in taking first place in both relays.
A special thanks to our officials: Ian Smith, Nigel Underwood, Derek Prince, Sherri Smart and Fiona Smith.
Our next meeting is at Coventry on Sunday 4th June so lets hope for warmer weather !