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Athletics: Marklew makes mark in Braintree

Athletics / Thu 17th Jul 2014 at 02:14pm

ANOTHER small Youth League team competed at Braintree in the latest round of the EYAL competition. Despite the changeable weather there were some strong performances. In the younger age groups there was evidence that the endurance group’s hard work is paying off: Evan Conboy (U13) ran a strong 800m to finish fourth in the seven team event; in the same age group Zoe Rutter took third in the girl’s U13 1500m; Lottie Rowedder claimed third in the U15 girl’s 1500m A race and club debutant, Elidh Malcolm, took third in the B race; in the boy’s U15 800m newcomer, Sam Law was third in the B race; Christian Barker was third in the U15 boy’s A 1500m to complete a good day for the distance athletes.

There were good performances in the field too: Ed Broad made a welcome return to club athletics and was second in the U15 javelin; his first event since stepping up in age group and a result that puts him in the top twenty nationally. Kieran Bull won the U15 A discus with a distance (26.35) close to his PB in worsening weather conditions. And for the U15 girls Lauren Barker participated in the age group for the first time in the shot throwing the heavier implement just over seven metres.
There were also personal bests in short track events for Teale Cunningham (14.2) in the 80m hurdles and Jordan Sheridan (26.6) in the 200m.

Perhaps the most notable results came in the U17 age group. Although there were only three athletes their performances were impressive: Donald Campbell was only just off PB pace in the 1500m and he had competed for the men’s team the day before; Will Marklew came down from the National Schools’ Championships and collected first in the javelin, B long jump and second in the high jump; Bryn Thorpe, making his youth league debut, won the A long jump and was second in the 100m hurdles. This was made more remarkable as the race had to be re-run, as the hurdles had been placed on the wrong marks, and his second time was quicker!

After the match Steve Lott said, “It is frustrating that we don’t seem to be able to get athletes out consistently. On today’s evidence and past weeks we have the potential to be a formidable team and certainly we are now bringing athletes through who make our senior teams stronger. The hard work is paying dividends and thanks must be paid to the coaches and the supporting team of helpers responsible for putting in place the foundations to build from.”

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