Herts County honours galore for D&T at Watford Championships

Dacorum & Tring AC athletes brought home a record 87 medals  from the 2018 Herts County Championships in track and field, held over two weekends this month in Stevenage and Watford – more than enough to secure the trophy awarded to the club with the most podium places, an award we’ve now won for the second consecutive year.

(In main photo above, Amy Thurgood, Anna Craggs, Ed Hopper, Tom Wright and Dan Hopper hold the trophy awarded to D&T for most points won over all age groups and disciplines in the Herts Champs. For more photos from Stevenage and Watford, scroll down).

In all, 36 club athletes took a total of 47 county titles, with Oscar North (U13 boys), Pierce Reynolds (wheelchair) and Esme O’Connell (T20) the most decorated: Oscar won three county golds in 100m, 200m and long jump, and also grabbed silver in the shot, while Pierce took titles in 100m, 200m and discus, and Esme in 100m, long jump and shot.

Five athletes earned two county titles apiece: Rhys Harries (U13B: shot and javelin); Mia McIntosh (U15G: 100m and 75m hurdles); Josh Woods (U17 men: long jump and triple jump), Josh Evans (senior men: long jump and triple jump) and Trevor Ratcliffe in both senior and vets javelin. Josh Woods also set a new county record for U17 men’s long jump with his leap of 6m64.

The Herts Championships in 1,500m, steeplechase, relays, vets and disability were held on May 7th at Stevenage, and were reported last week here.

The main Herts Championships for U13, U15, U17, U20 and seniors athletes were held over the May 12th-13th weekend at Watford’s Woodside Stadium.

U13 Girls: We had very promising results from our youngest age groups, with two dozen U13 girls and boys performing to their best ability, many of them competing in a major championship for the first time. Our youngest girls earned two county titles: Krystal Powley won the shot and Tia Ginn took the discus. Krystal also won silvers in high jump and 200m and bronze in the 100m, while Tia took silver in javelin.  Becky McCaul (shot) won a silver medal, while bronze medals went to Isabelle Jelfs (800m), Milla Walsh (70m hurdles) and Lucy Bevan (long jump). The U13 girls 4x100m relay team won a silver medal.

U13 Boys: The boys in this group came away with some superb results.  Oscar North was the standout with three county titles and a silver medal, with Rhys Harries also on top form with two titles. Billy Read won gold in discus, while Ashton O’Connell took two silvers (high jump and javelin) and a bronze (shot), and Oliver Fogden won discus bronze.

U15 Girls: The U15 girls were on form across all disciplines. Mia McIntosh won two county titles, in 100m and 75m hurdles, while multi-events specialist Jessica Hill won the shot and throwing phenom Katie Webb took the discus, also winning silver in shot. To complete the throwing silverware, Felicity Funnel won silver is discus and Megan Maddison won bronze in javelin. In the middle distance events, Olivia Edwards ran a superb PB of 2.24.17 to win bronze in the 800m, to add to her big new PB achieved in the 1500m the week before in Stevenage.

U15 boys: This age group won three county titles, all in the field events: Thomas Ashton won the pole vault on his first jump while Joshua Lee took the long jump and James Isaacs won the discus, also grabbing silver in the javelin and bronze in the shot. Alex Mancey had a good day, finished third in the 100m and second in the shot, while bronzes were won by Tom Gaunce  in the 800m and Rafael Armstrong in the 80m hurdles. Tom had also been in action the previous week with a PB in the 1500m in Stevenage, where team-mate Joe Chamberlain ran a huge new PB to win the event in a lightning-fast 4.22.0.

U17 Women and U17 Men:  The usual suspects came away with multiple medals in this age group. Marli Jessop, who has broken six individual club records so far this year and one as part of the U17 women’s 4x100m team, easily won the 80m hurdles county title and snared silver medals in the 100m and the long jump. Three more county titles came from the U17 field athletes: Milly Gall in long jump, Leonie Onyems in triple jump and Amy Wright in the hammer. Leonie also won silver in the 200m and Milly took bronze in the 80m hurdles, while Anna Craggs leapt into action with a silver in the high jump.

The U17 men’s team won eight county titles – more than any other age group – and Josh Woods scored a new County record with his 6m64 in the long jump, a fantastic set of results for a small team of only nine athletes. Josh won a total of two county titles (long jump and triple jump), while Ed Hopper took the high jump title and Ralph Williams showed his class with a resounding win in the 100m hurdles. Destiny Ogali and Tom Gerard won the 100m and 200m sprints respectively and George Dowding blew the field away with his win in the 800m. Bronze medals came from James Glyn in the 800m and from Tom Gerard in the long jump. The U17 men’s medal count includes Kristian Imroth’s brilliant gold in the 1500m earned the week before at Stevenage.


U20 Women, U20 Men and Seniors:  In the older age groups, the numbers were smaller but the competition was no less intense, and fully 11 of our county titles came from these athletes. The U20 women won three golds, from Scarlett Wager-Leigh in the 800m, Amy Thurgood in the high jump and Leah Moh in the shot, while Remi Jessop took silvers in the 100m and 200m. Scarlett also won silver in the 1500m held a week earlier in Stevenage.

Thomas Bain (400m), Thomas Wright (high jump) and Dan Hopper (long jump) all became county champions in the U20 men’s category, while Sebastian Wadlow grabbed a silver in javelin. Rhys Rowlands added to the tally with his bronze medal in the 1500m championship at Stevenage.

All six senior athletes competing in the championships came away with medals – including veteran athletes Trevor Ratcliffe (gold in javelin), Shaun Wall (gold in shot, silver in javelin and bronze in discus) and Richard Emptage (bronze in triple jump). Josh Evans was a double title winner, with gold in long jump and triple jump, while Joseph Bayer took silver in triple jump, completing the D&T sweep of the event. Our sole senior woman in competition on the day, Caitlin Filby, won a superb gold medal in the discus.

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About Catherine Davies

Catherine has been an active member of Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners since 2007, and her three children have all passed through Mike Dunphy's Middle Distance squad.