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Top Twelve for the English Schools

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.




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