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Teens Tearing it Up

It’s the time of year when most of the schools, districts and regions have their Track and Field events and some of our Teens have been participating with some superb performances. Recently, it’s all about the girls, but this report includes some great performances by the boys.

Tom Hoskins (14) ran both 100m and 200m (twice!) earlier in June at Schools County Championship at Blackridge. He ran a very quick 12.5s 100m beating his own U15 Club record from last year. This makes him a Level 6 in England Athletics (PB Awards) Standards. That was the highest Level anyone has achieved in the Club, this year. His 200m performance (25.6) was a level 4 performance.

He followed that up a couple of weeks later with a blistering 300m in a reported 40.6 in the district championships at Prince of Wales stadium. If I can verify this, that is a new Club record, beating Archie Hatt’s time from last year. Well done Tom, as I didn’t think he could carry his short sprint speed over that distance.

Speaking of Archie (16), he ran at the same event as Tom in Gloucester producing a 55.3 400m, just a fraction outside his Club record. This is a Level 7 performance and is the highest one to date in the Club. Very well done, Archie. But others are catching up, and not just Tom!

In the 800m, Lewis Jones (14) has recently improved his PB from 2:22 to an astonishing 2:11.3. This makes him also a Level 6 in England Athletics (PB Awards) Standards. Obviously, this improvement is entirely down to his coach!!! Seriously, though, all credit to Lewis. This is a Under 15 performance and to put in comparison is only 13s behind the time ex-member Henry Sheffield ran as a U19 at the same meeting.

Not to be outdown, some of our female Teens have also been in action. Bella Stickney (15) ran at the same meeting as the boys and clocked 5:51.5 for the 1500m.

Lastly, but not by any means least, Lucy Laight (11), still at primary school, competed in the Cirencester District Sports winning both the 50m and Long Jump. Her 5.77s 50m was a district record. And 3.4m is a great distance; it’s a level 4 PB Award for U13 girls. NB There’s no 50m standard but her performance is roughly equivalent to a level 6 60m!

So that’s now  about a dozen children who are registering really top quality performances, according to EA standards.

Those that got away

For those interested in ex-members exploits. In addition to Henry's (level 7) 800m above, Isobel Watt ran the U19 3,000m in 10:48.9 which is a level 4 performance.

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