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Multi – talented

Peter Impett reports

The end of the track and field season brings the finale to the multi events programme – the English Schools Multi Events competition.  The event returned to Boston, Lincolnshire over the weekend of 16th and 17th of September and two club members made the trip.

Bethan Burley demonstrated her credentials as one of the best junior multi eventers by taking second place in the Senior Girls event chalking up 5015 points in the process – a considerable personal best.  Bethan was second behind winner Jade O’Dowda and about 350 points ahead of third place amassing a points total which would have won the event in each of the three previous years.  A solid start in the hurdles put Bethan in fourth place with 14.69 and she fell back slightly in the high jump to eighth.  But from there Bethan secured second place in the shot with 11m29 and kept that place in the competition to the end of the event.  Remarkably Bethan was the fastest in the 800 with 2.26.76 and won a favourite javelin with 39.98 though a little frustrated at not hitting the magic 40 metre mark.  Bethan led Dorset to victory in the team event – not bad for one of the smallest counties in the country.

In the Junior Girls event Abbie Lovering completed an extremely pleasing tenth place – the top placed Dorset athlete in the age group.  Abbie ran 12.36 in the hurdles to start in 24th place.  A 9m23 shot brought her up to fifteenth place but her high jump and long jump saw her position slide to thirtieth.  Abbie saved the best for last and used her 2.22.42 in the 800 metres, her signature event, to propel her to tenth place overall and the fastest time in that event.  Abbie’s pentathlon yielded 2812 points leading Dorset to fourth place in the event.




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