It was a very encouraging weekend for the three Bristol & West representatives at the England Athletics National age group championships in Bedford over the weekend. A two week holiday seems to have rejuvenated Anna Loughlin. She hurled the hammer to her second furthest distance (and furthest since April) in the Under-17 competition. Anna secured eighth place with 52.31 which matches her national ranking and suggests that her current PB will not last long if she can find a few more competitions before the end of the season.
Tia Jackson, a first year Under-17, made the final in both the 100 metres and 200 metres having run her second best time of her career (12.23) in the semi final. She then went on to finish seventh in the final. The following day she backed this up with an impressive fourth place in the longer sprint in a legal personal best (24.80), albeit with very tired legs. Tia will finish the season ranked in the top 10 for 100 metres, 200 metres and the Long jump. The long season is not quite finished either, she will be competing in the School Games at Loughborough this weekend and then the small matter of the English Schools combined Events championships, a couple weeks later. Whatever happens, it’s been a great season – well done Tia, bring on 2018!!
Daphne Schrager, following on from her fourth place at the para world junior championships in Switzerland, may have been nonplussed with her 17.29 in the ambulant 100 metre final. Hopefully she can get close to the personal best she achieved in Switzerland this weekend at the School games.