A group of 16 D&T athletes came away with some superb results from the Hertfordshire County Championships in the U13 and Veteran categories, held concurrently with the County 1,500m, steeplechase, relay and Disability Championships at Ridlins Track in Stevenage on the Bank Holiday Monday.
U17 athlete Kristian Imroth (pictured above) and Joe Chamberlain (U15) emerged as Herts County Champions in the 1500m championship race.
Kristian took county honours for the third consecutive year with his time of 4.15.9, winning with a buffer of more than four seconds ahead of second place.
In the U15 boys race, newcomer Joe broke away to a clear win in a PB time of 4.22.0, crossing the line a full 8.6 seconds ahead of second place and coming within 1.5 seconds of Kristian’s U15 club record for the distance.
Also on the podium in their respective races were Rhys Rowlands, third in the U20 men’s race (4.20.5), and Scarlett Wager-Leigh, second in the U20 women (4.57.0).
The U15 boys team put up a strong show, with Tom Gaunce finishing fourth (4.35.1), Thomas Ashton sixth (4.44.1), Jack Raine seventh (4.47.3) and Sam Burnell ninth (4.51.1) out of 16 competitors – all of them scoring new PBs.
Angus Saunders grabbed a PB of 4.45.3 for his eighth-place finish in the U17 men’s race, while U13 girls Evie Light (fourth/5.55.27) and Beth Moody (seventh/6.08.92) ran strongly in their first major championship on the track. Grace Birdseye, for her part, ran a gutsy 5.21.2 to finish fifth in the U20 women’s race.
Olivia Edwards recorded a superb new PB of 5.03.6 in the U15 girls race to finish fourth – less than a second off third place.
In the Disability events, our two young stars Pierce Reynolds (wheelchair sprints) and Esme O’Connell (T20) came away with a brace of gold medals for their winning efforts. Pierce was dominant in his two wheelchair races (100m and 200m) as well as the discus, while Esme’s season’s best of 13.26 in the 100m solidifies her hold on the UK No1 ranking for T20. Esme also won T20 gold for her leap of 4.68 in the long jump,which moves her closer to the UK No1 ranking where she currently lies second. Not content with those two gold medals, she also picked up top honours in the T20 shot (6.48).
Our veteran field athletes proved once again that they’re hard to beat in any competition, with Richard Emptage (VM50 triple jump) and Trevor Ratcliffe(VM50 javelin) picking up well-deserved county honours. Richard leaps to the title with a fine mark of 9.41, while Trevor took top spot with his throw of 50.83.
The Championships also hosted a series of Open events, where Remi and Marli Jessop, Ralph Williams and Katie Webb picked up another batch of medals to go with the many they’ve won in other competitions throughout the year.
Remi finished second in Race 1 of the 100m (12.7) and fifth in Race 2 of the 200m (26.95), while Marli won the 80m hurdles in a time of 11.6. Ralph also won his 100m hurdles race in a fast 14.1.
Katie Webb, meanwhile, was racking up the medals in the Open throwing events; she was second in the shot (8.42), third in the discus (29.1) and third in the javelin (30.02).
The main County Championships (U15 to Seniors) take place on May 12th-13th at Watford’s Woodside Stadium.
Main photo courtesy of Gary Mitchell