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WAC at the English Schools Athletics Association Championships – 10/11 July 2015

Peter Impett reports from Gateshead

This view captures the scale of the occasion

Cloudless sky-very warm (but this is Gateshead!) and on the 10th and 11th of July the place was buzzing as 1,600 of the best athletes in the country were in town for the English Schools Athletic Association Championships.

Wimborne contributed seven of the Dorset Schools team of 25, equalling our best-ever showing but with more national standards to their credit.

Charlotte Ayton was first up in the junior girls long jump. The pit was tucked away outside the stadium. Unfortunately for Charlotte she found it difficult to get on to the board and just missed out on proceeding to the final.

Then followed a remarkable numerical sequence for the club:

Eighth was Bethan Burley in the intermediate girls shot with 12.21 metres.

Seventh was Ellie White in the intermediate girls hammer. Ellie only hit the qualifying standard with her third throw of 50.03 metres but then went on to throw 52.59 in the final – a national standard.

Sixth was Abbie Hine in the senior girls 1500 metres steeplechase in a time of 5.06.49 – a national standard and more than five seconds faster than her personal best.

Fifth was Piers Copeland in the intermediate boys 1500m.  Piers recorded a personal best of 4.01.44  in the heat having led for much of the way but had to settle for a fastest loser’s slot.  This was national standard and a time better than the eventual winner of the final.  But the final was more tactical and Piers’ time was 4.05.30.

Fourth was Grace Copeland in the junior girls 1500m. Grace was way off the pace for the first 1,000 metres of her qualifier but dug deep in to her racing ability and made it to the final and a very competitive fourth place in 4.38.27 another national standard and only half a second off her personal best.

Third and bronze medallist in the senior boys high jump was Ryan Webb with a new personal best of 2m06. Ryan went clear through to 2 metres and had one failure at 2m03 and at 2m06. His second jump at 2m09 only just wobbled the bar off. The atmosphere was electric and when Ryan bowed out, his two opponents just could not be separated as they had identical jump records. In the end both athletes were awarded a gold medal having both cleared 2m10. An inspiring and riveting competition.

Next year we will get a gold and silver to complete the set!! In a single meeting four club records had been broken. Well done to the athletes and to the coaches who gave so much time to their athletes.

Ryan on the podium at Gateshead



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