Day 1 of the English Schools Championships

Great news of our two athletes who competed yesterday at Birmingham on the first day of the English Schools Championships.

In the morning Abby Beswick had her heat of the under 17 girls 80 metres hurdles. There were three heats with the first 2 from each heat plus the 2 fastest losers going through to the final. Abby was in the same heat as the winner of last year’s race (and the likely winner this year). Abby came third in her heat in a time of 11.68 seconds, just ahead of the fourth girl who was also given a time of 11.68 seconds. After it was all sorted out Abby was the second fastest loser and so made the final – the girl who had exactly the same time but was just an inch or two behind Abby didn’t make the final.

In the afternoon Tom Dean was one of 3 Sussex athletes in the heats of the under 15 boys 800 metres. As with Abby there were three heats with the first 2 of each heat plus the 2 fastest losers going through to the final. Tom was in the first heat and he finished in fourth place in a new pb of 2 minutes and 3.31 seconds. An anxious wait while the other 2 heats were run to see if anybody would overtake Tom as the second fastest loser. But they didn’t and so Tom, like Abby, will be in his final.

Today, Saturday, Tom will be running in his final at 1.10 with Abby’s final at 3.07. And in between those two races Vicki Pellett will have the final of the under 15 girls hammer from 2 o’clock. We wish them all well as they compete against the best athletes in England.

Let’s hope their performances inspire the senior team who will be competing this afternoon at Aldershot.

Photos of Abby and Tom from yesterday can be found on our facebook pages.

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