Kerry wins UK U17 javelin title

Kerry Murch'U17s javelin champion'August 25 2011'Rugby & Northampton AC
Kerry Murch'U17s javelin champion'August 25 2011'Rugby & Northampton AC

RUGBY & Northampton AC are celebrating a national javelin champion in their midst.

The 2011 UK U15 & U17 Championships were held over the weekend at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium and a small number of athletes from Rugby & Northampton AC, having achieved the required entry standards, duly competed.

On Saturday in fine but blustery conditions Adam Wright ran in the U15 Boys 800m where he recorded a time of 2:07.26 to finish 7th in his heat and in the field events Megan Exley produced another consistent performance in the U15 Girls Javelin, throwing 30.12m to finish in 8th place.

On Sunday in similar conditions Ciaran Wardle, in his first year of the age group, ran in the U17 Men 200m and finished 3rd in his heat with a time of 22.83s just missing qualification for the final but this result must give him encouragement for next year. Simone Ager finished 2nd in her heat of the U15 Girls 100m in a time of 12.66s and qualified for the final where she finished 6th in a time of 12.74s.

Brett Mason and Luke Townsend competed in the U17 Men 100m Hurdles where Brett finished 7th in his heat with a time of 14.85s and Luke , who like Ciaran is in his first year of the age group, finished 4th in his heat in an excellent time time of 14.03s. One of the final events of the Championships saw Kerry Murch compete in the U17 Women Javelin.

Having finished 3rd in the English Schools Championships Kerry knew that against the same opposition and with the top throwers from Wales, Scotland and Ireland also present she would need to be at her very best to reach the medal rostrum.

In the first round there was little between the leading throwers and Kerry found herself in 3rd place after a solid 38m throw but the second round saw Kerry produce a lifetime best distance of 42.64m and whilst her opponents fought to close the gap throughout the competition this proved to be the winning distance and Kerry took the gold medal and the title of UK Champion.

Kerry now hopes to take this form into her next major competition, The UK School Games in Sheffield on September 3 where she has been selected to represent Birmingham in both the Javelin and the 4 x100m relay team.

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