A flurry of activity this bank holiday weekend
On Saturday 26 August Olivia Simon competed her first ever Hammer competition at the London Inter Club Challenge Open in Hendon. The series of four summer competitions give athletes the chance to gain further experience in a quality field with electronic timing and EDM in the field. Simon, who has literally only had a couple of training sessions with Rob Earle came away with a new PB of 26.90m and a 7th place ranking in the UK for her age.
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On Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August Simon also competed at the Southend Open. Very warm conditions proved successful for this determined young athlete who claimed gold in the U15 Girls Pole Vault (whilst still an U13) with a clearance of 2.40m. She then claimed a silver in the U13 girls 70m Hurdles in a time shy of her PB 14.55s and finally not satisfied with her performance in Hendon on Saturday she took a bronze medal in the U15 girls Hammer with another huge throw of 26.97m. Simon who moves up into U15 next season has enjoyed a remarkable year and is a great example of a young athlete training and competing across a range of events.
Also stretching her legs out was a U20 sprinter Rebecca Jeggo, in what will be her penultimate meet of the year. She claimed two easy races claiming gold medals in the 100m in a time of 12.24s and an equally unchallenged race in her 200m with a time of 24.96s. Her last meet of the year is in sight, when she will compete at the Inter Counties match at Horspath on 10 September.
Running in hot conditions, Millie Presland bagged a well deserved gold in the U15 girls 1500m in a time of 5.10s.