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This summer provided another fine day for all the athletes and spectators on Saturday 13th June for the county schools championships – not too much wind, but maybe a bit warm for the middle/long distance runners.

For many this was the culmination of a number of qualification events and a highlight of the schools athletics programme this term, so to be selected to represent their regions was a big achievement in itself.

Amongst the many competitors at this event was a fair sprinkling of Wimborne AC talent covering most of the age group categories and full results can be found at this link.

In the Year 7 age group we had two athletes: Sharon Hutchings and Sam Lucas. Sharon came home with a silver medal in the 800m, and Sam, whilst not medalling, came home with two new PBs in the 100m and 800m. Coincidentally both Sam and Sharon recorded exactly the same time as each other in the 800 – how spooky is that?

The Junior age group saw Abi Card, Hannah Winton, Alwyn Harries, Matt Curtis and Jack Snook competing. Both the girls were jumping well: Abi vertically, equalling her competition PB; and Hannah horizontally, having sorted her run up out now. In fact the long jump competition was a very exciting one with 2nd, 3rd and 4th separated by just 4cm.

The boys fared extremely well. Alwyn had been suffering a bit in the week preceeding the competition, and whilst he didn’t medal, his times in the 100m and 200m were only 0.1s outside his best. Matt came 2nd in the 80m hurdles and 3rd in the high jump, attaining PBs in both events. Jack had a superb day in the pole vault managing to win the championship, but more importantly his PB performance exceeded the English Schools qualifying standard. This performance currently ranks him 1st equal in the South West, and 13th in the UK.

We had two girls in the Intermediate age group: Ellis Marples and Jenny Coombes. Jenny picked up a PB in the 80m hurdles and Ellis managed to bag a bronze medal in the high jump.

Finally, in the Senior age group, Maddy Vaughan-Johncey dominated the long hurdles event, taking two and a half seconds off her previous PB to get the gold medal, and followed that performance up with another PB in the 100m hurdles. This time she was given 2nd place but with exactly the same time as the winner.

I think you will agree it was a good day for our Wimborne athletes at this event – well done to all of you.


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