Medal success at English Schools Championships

To win selection for the English Schools Championships is a big achievement for school age athletes particularly in Surrey where competition for one of the places is severe. This year and the Club had twelve representatives at the English Schools Championships in Gateshead, eleven representing Surrey and one Somerset and not content with that the club's athletes returned home with a record individual medal tally of one gold and three silvers plus two relay gold medals with two members of each team being Gees.

The gold medal went to Olivia Okoli in the Under 17 100m  which she won by a hairs breadth from fellow Surrey runner, Charmont Webster-Tape, both girls being given the same time of 12.08.  In winning her semi- final Okoli had beaten her own senior Club record when she ducked under 12 seconds for the first time with 11.90.

Two of the silvers came in the same U17 age group. In the 3000m Claudia Lance Jones battled up the final home straight from fourth place to second in a new lifetime best of 9.51.46. Alex Shaw won her heat of the 300m in a new personal best time of 39.52 and went on to take the silver medal in 39.53.

In the senior age group Hope Sarti won her heat 100m hurdles in 13.98 and in the final was up against long-time rivals Alicia Barrett and Amber - Leigh Hall. Hope finished second in 14.08 ahead of Hall but behind Barrett.  Jemma Wood finished just out of the medals in the final of the 200m finishing fourth in 25.41.

Peter Cassidy threw a near best 60.03 for sixth place in the senior boys hammer final and Anna Brophy was sixth in the U17 high jump with a leap of 1m 68.

Two hurdlers were fourth in their respective heats, Jasmine Mitchell in the senior one lap race and Marcey Winter in the U17 80m sprint hurdles and Ellie Grove reached the semi-final of the U17 200m.  Cathy Coleman threw the hammer 40.11 in the U20 age group for eighth place in her qualifying pool.

The unluckiest Guildford athlete was fifteen year old Harry Boyd who tripped in his heat of the U17 1500m and crashed to the ground.

The relay golds were won by the Surrey U17 and Senior team both teams setting Championship Best performances.  Olivia Okoli and Ellie Grove were members of the U17 team which finished well clear of the field in the final in 46.43s having won their heat in 46.10s. The senior Guildford representatives were Hope Sarti and Jemma Wood and the winning time was 47.10.

Alex, Olivia and Claudia

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