Peter Impett reports from Birmingham
Thirty-two athletes were selected to represent Dorset
at the English Schools Athletic Championships in Birmingham on July
7th and 8th and a record twelve of those came from Wimborne AC. We
arenít the biggest club in the county but in this event we were
punching above our weight. Sadly, unlike 2016, we were unable to
bring any medals home. In the Senior Girls, Bethan Burley had a
good shot at the 400 hurdles with a 6th place in a time of 62.59 - a
new club record. Pippa Hine ran 26.22 in the 200metres and was
fifth in her heat. Pippa was a late selection and she joined Bethan
in the relay squad which gained fourth place in the 4 x 100 relay.
Ellie White, our other senior representative, hefted out a 43m-4
hammer throw for 8th place.
Charlotte Ayton is improving all the time and having
made it in to the final pool put in a magnificent 5m-52 for 6th
place in the Inter Girls Long jump. Abbie White threw 44m-27 for
20th place in the hammer and Grace Copeland ran 10-27.25 for 14th
place in the 3000 metres.
Abbie Lovering put in a top performance in the Junior
Girls 800 to record fifth place in 2-15.91, having finished third in
her heat. Emily Shaw ran 4-48.71 in the 1500 and 6th place in her
heat. Martha Taylor enjoyed her second visit to the event and threw
35m-96 in the javelin for 18th place. Erin Thickett jumped 4m-30 in
the long jump.
Piers Copeland had a difficult day. Unable to train
for much of the summer he recorded a time of 4-01.06 which gave him
a place in the final of the Senior Boys 1500 but he was unable to
continue. Toby Hiller jumped well in the Junior Boys age group and
took 14th place with 5m-64.
Unfortunately no medals but plenty of promise and
some very good individual performances.