Last weekend saw three athletes compete at the English Schools Track & Field Championships.
First up was Callum Abberley; He finished in a disappointing tenth place in heat two of the junior boys 1500m. Ranked 12th in the UK, we set the goal of staying in the top four throughout the race so Callum could hopefully qualify with ease due to the strength of his deadly finishing kick. This was not to happen. His start was poor and he then found it hard to get into his splendid style of running. Unfortunately we didn’t see the Callum Abberley we wanted to see but with the right help and determination he should be back to his best soon. Yes you could say he’s young at fourteen years of age but we have a lot of work to do to make him a dominant force in the middle distance category.
Jack Simpson ran in heat two of the Inter Boys 800m heats. After the first 200m (31seconds) Jack knowing that this would be a tactical race decided to take it on at the bell (63 seconds). Jack Immediately kicked and held all the athletes up to 250m to go. At this point the older athletes kicked again and Jack couldn’t go up another gear. He fought to the finishing line stopping in sixth place with time of 2:03. The winner finished in 1:58 running a 55 second last lap! I am delighted with Jack’s performance as he worked so hard to get to the champs out of age.
Ellis Cross finished in 9th position in the senior boys 3000m. It was a disappointing result however, there were three Great Britain runners ahead of Ellis in a very strong field. It was an immense tactical race with the first lap being run in a slow 73 seconds followed by a 62 second second lap. This hit Ellis quite hard as he couldn’t sustain this pace for the remainder of the race.
Overall we didn’t achieve the same success as we have achieved in recent years. For me it highlighted many areas we all need to work on and gave some of the athletes a kick up the backside. We have gained a lot of knowledge from the recent championships and we look forward to moving forward in a positive direction.
Full results at ESAA Tack and Field