Well what a day it was at the Staffordshire County Athletics Championships held at Northwood Stadium, Stoke. Out of the four athletes that competed they picked up between them five medals, one seasons best and two new personal bests.
First up was Jack Simpson who was up against James Fradley in the U17Mens 800m. James is a former English Schools Champion and used to run against Jacks teammate Thomas Randolph all year around. Jack went off hard holding onto Fradley up until the last 150m where Fradley pulled away with his sheer strength. Holding good posture down the final straight, Jack powered through and set a new personal best time of 1:59.0 for the silver medal. Jack needs to knock off a further one second to achieve qualification for this years national schools championships.
Next up in the 800m were Bikram and Ellis who were running in the Junior Mens race. Ellis blasted off shortly after the gun, taking the lead all the way around until the final bend where he was overtook eventually finishing second in a time of 1:57.8. Bikram wasn’t far behind and was the only athlete to run even splits. He finished in a season bests time of 2:03.2.
Callum Abberley who was quiet up until his race, was preparing to run in the U15Boys 1500m. He looked wired up at the start and couldn’t stop moving around, something that we haven’t seen in training for a while. Keeping an eye on his watch he went straight to the front and powered around in style finishing as COUNTY CHAMPION with a time of 4:16.8. This is the fourth fastest time currently in the UK for his age. He ran the first 400m in 63 seconds – to which point we all knew he was going to put on something special. Hopefully Callum can remain focused and fired up. If so, he will be competing for national champion at this summers championships.
Finally Ellis was up, shortly after Callum in his second event of the afternoon. Running exactly the same tactics as the 800m, he led all the way up until the bell. Fatigued on the last lap, Ellis finished strongly in a time of 4:11 achieving a bronze medal. Ellis will be looking forward to Watford in ten days time where he hopes to achieve the 3000m qualifying time for this years major championships.
Results found at The Power of 10
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