English Schools’ Champs: 14-15 July, Birmingham

Report by Mike Robbins

Newbury AC have two English Schools champions among their ranks after an incredibly successful weekend in Birmingham. Both Charlotte Payne and Oliver Hewitt claimed their biggest successes to date in the hammer, Oliver winning the senior boys competition with a mighty throw of 62.85m, while Charlotte dominated the intermediate girls competition, winning by nearly eight metres with a throw of 61.77m. On top of the national schools title, Charlotte’s performance was good enough for selection to the England team in an international schools event in Scotland next weekend.

Just to qualify for English Schools is an achievement in itself that should not be underestimated, and three other Newbury athletes were in action over the weekend, showing just how bright the future of the club looks. Izzy Fry has endured a tough start to the season with multiple injury issues, but that seemed to have no effect on her as she raced to a 3000m PB of 9:51.75 to take a very impressive fifth place in her final year as a senior girl. Lilly Gohara was making her debut at English Schools, and should be very proud of finishing sixth in a tough first heat of the intermediate girls 80m hurdles. Another debutant, second claim Newbury AC athlete Maisie Jeger was a little off her best in a fiercely competitive junior girls long jump, ending the day in 14th place in her pool.

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