22nd July 2014
On Wednesday 2nd July, seven athletes travelled to the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham to compete in the National Prep Schools’ Athletics Championships after qualifying from the East Area meeting at Bedford in June.
The weather was kind and the athletes were enthusiastic and looking forward to competing on the national stage. First to compete was Noah Martle in the Under 14 Long Jump. Conditions were not conducive for him as he was jumping into a strong headwind and, despite his best efforts, he was unable to replicate his best jumps of the term yet should be delighted with his 4.55m effort and 7th place overall.
Whilst Noah was competing, Georgina Woodward was in the Under 13 70m Hurdle heats and ran an excellent race to qualify fastest for the final with a very impressive time of 11.55s. After a short rest, she was back on the track preparing for the final. Once again, Georgina ran an excellent race but could not quite reproduce her time of the heats, finishing in 11.78s, just 1/100th of a second behind the win in a race that was too close to call to the naked eye. However, it was an excellent achievement to finish second in the nationals!
Meanwhile, out in the field, Georgina Jones was competing in the Under 13 Shot Put. She performed very well but was unable to produce the sort of distance that she has throughout the term. However, she should be proud of her achievement of 7.66m and her overall position of 9th! After finishing her hurdles, Georgina Woodward dashed over to the long jump pit to compete in the Under 13 Long Jump. Once again, jumping into a strong headwind was not ideal. However, she gave it her best effort and jumped 4.08m which was enough to see her finish 10th.
Next up were Hannah Wakeford and Archie Jackson who were both competing in the sand pits. Archie, competing in the Under 12 Long Jump, produced some good jumps to qualify for an extra jump due to finishing in the top 8. He finished with a strong jump of 3.72m and a commendable position of 6th! At the other end of the track, Hannah had more favourable conditions in the Under 14 Triple Jump. Despite early nerves, she produced a series of jumps just under the 10m mark to ensure that she was at the top of the standings. However, a one-off jump of over 10m from another competitor relegated Hannah into second place but she should be delighted with her performance of 9.87m as she was presented the silver medal – she deserves nothing less for her efforts this term.
Anna Ivanova was competing next in the Under 13 High Jump and looked more fluent after some hard work in practices prior to the nationals. She was able to produce a pleasing performance and should be proud of her 1.30m jump and her position of 13th. Georgina Jones, competing in her second final of the championships, was in action in the Under 13 Discus and, although disappointed with her performance due to a niggling injury, should be proud of reaching the nationals and of her final position, 9th with a throw of 17. 66m.
Finally, Alice Jackson, after supporting all the other athletes all day, had her chance to perform on the track in the Under 12 800m. She demonstrated that she had taken on board all the advice given to her throughout the term with a strong run and eventually finished in a creditable 10th place with a time of 2.44min.
Well done to you all, you have certainly produced athletics of the highest standard on the biggest stage. Your efforts throughout the term have been reflected in your performances and are thoroughly deserved. I am certainly proud of you and wish you all the success for future athletic success.