Medals and Pb’s Galore at Eastern Counties Indoor Athletic Championships and the Essex County Indoor Championships
A group of young female HAWCS had a sensational weekend of athletics results over last weekend competing in the Eastern Counties Indoor Championships and the Essex County Indoor Championships being held at the Lee Valley High Performance Indoor Centre, where on both days they collected a total of SEVEN Eastern Counties Championship Medals and THREE Essex County Championship Medals, but in the process were also setting a string of new personal best performances.
Saturday was almost exclusively allocated to 60m sprints and 60mHurdle races, with a number of field events also taking place. First thing in the afternoon three of the Club’s promising young U15 Girls were in action, with the 60m, and running parallel to them was the U17 Women’s Shot Putt, with three more of the Club’s older promising athletes, and in both events there was an exciting conclusion.
In the 80m sprint, Molly Gumble was the first to go, finishing 3rd in a new personal best of 8.67 seconds, and this was followed by Skye Wicks was to go, finishing 2nd in another personal best time of 8.11 seconds, later Madeline Vincent, finishing 3rd again in a time of 8.42 for another new personal best, but sadly neither Molly or Madeline progressed to the next round, whilst Skye did, and in the semi finals, produced another good run, slightly slower with 8.15, but finished second again, to progress through to final.
Meanwhile over in the Shot Putt, Nicole Parcell, Grace Gentry and Jess Whiley in competing, and whilst Nicole was heavily strapped on her leg from the slip she had in the competition a few weeks before, she produced a throw good enough to put her in second place to progress through to the final and three more throws. Grace and Jess regrettably did not finish in the top six, and produced throws 8.93m and 8.07m respectively, Coming into the last round of throws Nicole was still in second place, over a half a metre behind the athlete from Chelmsford who had recorded a throw of 11.77m, and with Nicole’s last throw got one out to 11.81m, and with the Chelmsford athlete failing to respond with her last throw, Nicole took the GOLD Medal and set a new East of England Championship Best Performance, and although not a new personal best there was a lot of satisfaction for Nicole in claiming the CBP.
It was now time for Skye to run in the final of the 60m, and after a blistering start, found herself in a race, where there was little to tell who was going to win, and as the athletes went across the finishing line, it looked as if she might have taken second place, but after checking the photo finish, it showed she had in fact finished fourth in a time of 8.12 almost equaling her personal best set earlier, but she would be back the next back to compete in the U15 Girls 200m.
Grace having finished her Shot Putt Competition now moved over to the U17 Women’s 60mHurdles as part of her Heptathlon preparation, along with Jess, with them being joined by Olivia Smith, a hurdles specialist at the Club, All three produced new personal bests in their heats – Olivia 9.49 to finish second, Grace 9.51 to finish second, and Jess 9.89 to finish fourth, but Jess missed out on qualifying for the final, whilst Olivia and Grace both progressed through.
In the final, Olivia and Grace were drawn in lanes next to each other, so there was a hope that a bit of Club rivalry may induce further improvements in their personal bests, and even produce medals.Sadly Grace misjudged the first hurdle, whilst Olivia sped away to another personal best of 9.31 and took the BRONZE MEDAL, whilst Grace managed to claw her way back into the race, finishing fourth just outside her pb with 9.58 seconds. Olivia’s performance also gave her a second medal, with another BRONZE in the Essex County Championships.