Midland Counties Under 17 &
Under 15 Championship
Last weekend, Birmingham Alexander Stadium was the venue for the Midlands U17 and U15 Track & Field Championships.
A small number of Rugby & Northampton athletes entered the event with sixmedals won in total.
Top performer was under 17 Woman, Kerry Murch, who ended the weekend with a full set of medals from her three events.
On Saturday she took the Silver medal in a competitive long jump competition, with a leap of 5.20m, despite gusting winds making take off conditions an unwelcome challenge. Team mate Hannah Scales finished 10th with a best effort of 4.70m.
In the Sprint Hurdles, also run in less than ideal conditions with a -1.1 head wind, Murch finished a creditable 3rd in 12.05s, to take the bronze medal in a race won by English Schools champion Lucy Hatton from Corby AC.
On Sunday she moved on to her favoured event, the Javelin, taking the gold medal with a throw of 40.01m.
Scales competed in the 200m on the Sunday and progressed to the final, recording a time of 27.34s in her morning heat. In the afternoon she improved her time to 27.16s for a well deserved 5th place finish.
Ciaran Wardle, in his first year at Under 17 level, continued his excellent form by finishing a solid 4th in Saturday’s 100m final against very strong opposition.
On Sunday he ran the 200m, progressing comfortably through his heat with a win in 22.54s.
In the final he was rewarded with an excellent 3rd place and bronze medal in a time of 22.74s into a strong head wind.
In the field there was a new personal best for Nick Scales in the Hammer and his throw of 40.10m netted a good 4th place.
On the Saturday, under 15 Natalie Goddard ran in a very competitive 800m event.
Having come 3rd in her morning heat, with a fast time of 2-29.81s, it was a big task to compete in the afternoon final against some of the best middle distance girls in the country.
The result was a creditable 7th place finish in a time of 2-34.86s and some invaluable experience in running multiple rounds. There was another promising performance from Gemma Scales who threw the Hammer to a new personal best of 22.85m to take 4th place.
In the Javelin, Megan Exley won the silver medal with a best throw of 29.60m, some way below her personal best but a decent effort considering a constantly changing wind direction.
The only under 15 boy to compete from the club was Adam Wright and his reward was a hard fought 3rd place to take the bronze medal in the 800m.
In a tactical race the medal order was in doubt up to the last few strides and he will have learned a lot from the experience. More page 84