News from National Schools Championships

Last Monday June 22 we had three athletes competing in the Independent English Schools championships in Birmingham. Maddie Sims was competing in the under 11 age-group (school years 4 and 5) and had a great day with 2 gold medals – I minute 56.2 seconds in the 600 metres and a winning long jump of 3.93 metres. Both of these performances are new under 11 club records. Sister Izzy was in the under 13 races (school years 6 and 7) and, after coming third in the 800 metres in 2 minutes and 47.1 seconds, she produced another gold medal in the 1500 metres with a winning time of 5 minutes 35.5 seconds. The girls brought their medals down to training on Tuesday evening. Naomi Insole found things a bit harder in the under 15 age-group where she finished down the field in the 800 metres in 2 minutes 42.9 seconds.

Looking forward to the All-England Schools Championships to be held in far-away Gateshead on July 10 and 11 we will have one EG athlete with Abby Beswick selected for the senior girls 100 metres – the provisional timetable shows that there will be heats and semi-finals on Friday and then the final on Saturday afternoon. I imagine that she will also be part of a Sussex relay team. We with her well. Last year Abby reached the final of the 80 metres hurdles in the intermediate girls category.

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