What a great effort from everyone in Leanne’s sprints and 400m group with 11 personal bests across the weekend at the Bucks County Athletics Champs at Horspath, Oxford.
Lottie Warkcup was superb in her U20 women’s 400m to start everyone off on Day 1 to place a wonderful 2nd with a brilliant new pb of 64.93 secs to take 2.3 seconds off her personal bes. She also ran a new 200m pb on Sunday of 27.84 secs (a pb by half a second!!) for 2nd place to achieve 2 pb’s in the weekend.
James Twallin with another brilliant personal best…taking nearly a second off his 400m pb from his race a few weeks ago to run 54.19 to finish 2nd overall in the men’s senior 400m and then achieving a new 200m pb of 24.41 for a 2nd pb also in the weekend.
Lailah Pope achieved 3 new pb’s in the weekend, after winning her u15 girls 100m heat in 13.78 secs, she then won the silver medal in the final with an even faster 13.75…the winner from Milton Keynes just pipping her with 13.74. Lailah then returned in the 200m on Sunday smashing her legal pb from 29.27 to 28.40 finally winning her deserved gold in a exciting battle to the line with Olivia Edwards.
Cristina Poulsen ran a new electronic 100m pb…13.00 into a head wind of minus 2.3 to place 3rd in her first year as a u20 and achieving a new 200m pb of 26.31 on the Sunday wining u20 gold.
Aoife Mcauley produced a fabulous new pb of 4m 73cm and a great series of jumps to take the bronze medal in the u17 women’s Long Jump and close in on that 5m jump, equalled her pb in the high jump with 1m 40cm and big thanks to Ed Morris for his support and coaching in these events. Aoife then went on to set a new legal electronic pb on po10 of 27.82 in the 200m and placed 3rd in the shot.
Kieran Shah…1st run out competing outdoors in nearly 3 years…ran 11.39 secs to place 2nd in mens senior 100m…
Bella Hussein and Keira Payne also gave very consistent, hard-fought performances in the u17 100m and 200m events respectively.
In summary Leanne’s squad achieved 11 personal bests, with 2 County Champions in a magnificent effort.
We had some great performances this weekend at the County Champs. The squad came away with 6 medals in total; 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 1 Bronze. Our first medal winner of the weekend was Amy Hogbin who won Silver🥈in the 300m and also a PB! In the U15 boys race we had a game of cat and mouse between Ed Faulkner and Joel Crook, which helped both the boys through in PBs and and a bronze medal🥉for Ed. Daniel Cogan was our third finisher and fought hard through the heat. In the U15 girls race Ivy Uhart finished 5th in her race and very close to a PB and in the same race Emma Readman beat her previous PB by nearly 15 seconds! In the U20W race, Liv Brown won Gold🥇after showing her racing experience and finishing in a seasons best time and close to her PB. In the same race Ellie Faulkner ran a well paced race and finished strongly. In the U17M 1500 Ibrahim Achchi fended off a late challenge in typically gutsy style and was rewarded with a silver medal 🥈and an 8 second PB! On Sunday the weather had taken a turn for the worse for the 800s. The U15 girls were up first, with both Ivy and Emma running again. Ivy finished just outside her PB and Emma taking part in her first 800 had a great run. Faster times definitely to come from both girls this season. The U17W race was run as a straight final, Amy Hogbin finished 5th and a few tenths of a second off her PB. Rose Uhart in her second ever 800 finished strongly and was very close to her PB. It was another game of cat and mouse in the U15B race with Rory Crichton and Adam Heywood fighting it out with the boys finishing on exactly the same time!
In the U20W race Liv led the race from gun to tape in a dominant display to take her second gold🥇of the weekend. And in the U20M race Rai Lenoire came away with silver🥈in a very tight race.
A couple of special mentions for Liv and Rai. Liv managed the double double this weekend! Which means over the last two seasons she has won gold🥇in both the 1500 and 800, which is a special achievement and for Rai who had raced at a BMC race the day before and produced a big PB of 1:52.61 in the 800 which moved him about 30 places up the national rankings to 10th.