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Staffordshire Schools Results 2016                

Staffordshire Schools Results 2016                

There were some excellent performances achieved last weekend at the Staffordshire Schools Athletics meeting in Stoke. First up, Thomas Randolph won the senior boys 800m with a time of 2:00 flat, showing glimpses that he’s nearly back to full fitness.

Jack Simpson and Callum Abberley were up next in the Inter Boys 1500m race, Jack already having secured the qualifying time (<4:07.00) for the English Schools Finals next month. His goal was to finish top two in order to make it through to next weekends Mason Trophy event. Callum however was under a lot of pressure to achieve the QT having only run 4:09 last month. His race plan was to consistently run 65-second laps in order to hopefully achieve qualification. Callum lead from the gun running a 61 second first lap, which practically could have destroyed his goal seeing as it was too fast. His second lap of 69-seconds took him through target race pace at 2:10. Running 3:17 (67-sec) at 1200m gave me some encouragement knowing that he always accelerates on the last lap. His final kick secured qualification with a new Personal Best time of 4:06.1. This was significant because not only did he lead from the gun and secure the time, but he overcame nervousness that will now make him a mentally stronger athlete. He is now ranked 25th in his age-category and the fourth fastest in the UK for his age, gaining 12 places up from last year.

Finally, Jack Simpson finished a further ten seconds behind Callum securing second position, which means both will be going to the English Schools Finals. Hurrah!

Full Results will be made available shortly.