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THERE were an impressive 11 championship best performances recorded at the recent annual Suffolk County Athletics Championships, held at the West Suffolk Arena in Bury St Edmunds.

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Alex Baxter led the way in the youngest age group. The Hadleigh High School pupil, a member of Hadleigh Hares, clocked a best of 5mins 03.9secs in the Under-13 boys’ 1,500m.

Thomas Harwood, of Royal Hospital School, set a championship best in the under-15 boys’ 300m (43.0secs), while talented thrower Harry Hughes, of West Suffolk AC, launched the javelin to a fantastic championship landmark of 59.97m in the same age group.

Ipswich Harriers’ Errol Thompson equalled the championship best with a clearance of 1.90m in the Under-17 men’s high jump, having earlier won a very competitive 100m in 11.7secs. Just eight-tenths of a second separated all seven runners in this race.

Kieran Clements, of Ipswich Harriers, re-wrote the event’s record books in the Under-20 men’s 3,000m, thanks to a scorching time of 8:28.5.

In the same age group, the highly-rated Matti Mortimer hurled the javelin out to an eye-catching championship best of 65.69m.

At the other end of the age scale, Nella Walters, a pupil at Culford School and a member of West Suffolk AC, registered a new championship best of 5:02.8 in the Under-13 girls’ 1,500m.

The promising Sophie Tooley, another star performer of West Suffolk, continues to go from strength-to-strength. She established a new county event best over 800m (Under-15 girls) in 2:17.6, having also won over 300m.

Also in the Under-15 section, Isabella Blowers etched her name into the county record books with a clearance of 1.85m in the pole vault.

Results

UNDER-13 BOYS

100m: F Green (BH) 14.0secs, 2 J Greenleaf (IH) 14.3. 200m: 1 J Greenleaf 29.1, 2 L Breyer (IH) 29.9. 800m: 1 J Summers (BH) 2:30.6, 2 T McCarthy (WS) 2:33.1 1,500m: 1 A Baxter (Hadleigh HS) 5:03.9 (CBP), 2 E Hadley (KHS) 5:29.8. 1K walk: 1 J Nichols (WS) 7:29.9.

High jump: 1 T Watson (BH) 1.25m, 2 L-J Roper (WS) 1.05. Long jump: 1 T McCarthy (WS) 4.11m, 2 A Winter (BH) 4.01. Shot putt: 1 F Green (BH) 7.57m, 2 L-J Roper (WS) 7.06. Discus: 1 L-J Roper (WS) 22.13m, 2 J Hobbs (BH) 19.62. Javelin: 1 J Hobbs (BH) 31.08m.

UNDER-13 GIRLS

100m: 1 A Clarke (IH) 14.0secs, 2 C Fraser (IH) 14.8. 200m: 1 A Clarke (IH) 29.6, 2 G Harris (IH) 30.1. 800m: 1 C Summers (BH) 2:38.1, 2 M Sealby (WS) 2:41.7. 1,500m: 1 N Walters (WS) 5:02.8 (CBP), 2 P Peate (WS) 5:44.7. 70m hurdles: 1 N Males (IH) 12.7.

High jump: 1 I Lawson (BH) 1.35m, 2 G Harris (IH) 1.35. Long jump: 1 E Gooderham (Ipswich HS) 4.07m, 2 J Hall (WS) 3.94. Shot: 1 L Kooreman-Abbs (BH) 6.78m, 2 L Carter (BH) 5.81. Discus: 1 S Gibbon (BH) 13.47m. Javelin: 1 A Ozioba (WS) 18.64m, 2 C Morrell (CS) 18.37.

UNDER-15 BOYS

100m: 1 A Davis (IH) 12.6secs, 2 B Craven (IH) 12.7. 200m: 1 A Davis (IH) 26.1, 2 K Zuta (CS) 27.3. 300m: 1 T Harwood (RHS) 43.0 (CBP), 2 C Williams (WS) 43.8. 800m: 1 J Finch (CoN) 2:16.1, 2 A Capasso (IH) 2:25.1. 1,500m: 1 B Eames (WS) 4:34.8, 2 M Le Poidevin (SEP) 4:67.7. 1K walk: 1 B Eames (WS) 6:07.1

High jump: 1 C Jones (IH) 1.50m, 2 B Mobee (Farlingaye HS) 1.45. Long jump: 1 B Craven (IH) 5.36m, 2 R Ling (IH) 4.78. Triple jump: 1 B Charles (Diss) 7.81m. Shot: 1 J Slim (KHS) 10.37m, 2 T Scovell (BH) 9.47. Discus: 1 H Hughes (WS) 37.35m, 2 J Slim (KHS) 27.50. Javelin: 1 H Hughes (WS) 59.97m (CBP), 2 R Hopkinson (St Louis) 32.37.

UNDER-15 GIRLS

100m: 1 C Kilpatrick (IH) 13.2secs, 2 C Godbold (IH) 13.4, 3 L Gibbs (WS) 13.4. 200m: 1 L Grubb (IH) 27.7, 2 E Dowling (CS) 28.4. 300m: 1 S Tooley (WS) 44.1, 2 P-M Norman (WS) 46.8. 800m: 1 S Tooley (WS) 2:17.6 (CBP), 2 C Godbold (IH) 2:35.5. 1,500m: 1 H Davies (WS) 5:02.5, 2 C Wickens (IH) 5:04.2. 75m hurdles: 1 L Grubb (IH) 12.5, 2 M Budd (IH) 12.6.

High jump: 1 B Keswick (CS) 1.45m. Pole vault: 1 I Blowers (IH) 1.85m (CBP). Long jump: 1 C Kilpatrick (IH) 4.57m, 2 B Keswick (CS) 4.43. Triple jump: 1 P-M Norman (WS) 9.26m. Shot: 1 P-M Norman (WS) 7.45m. Discus: 1 L Gibbs (WS) 15.43m. Hammer: 1 L Fulcher (IH) 24.02m. Javelin: 1 L Holder (CS) 20.39m.

UNDER-17 MEN

100m: E Thompson (IH) 11.7secs, 2 K Potter (WS) 11.8. 200m: 1 G Johnson (IH) 23.6, 2 K Potter (WS) 23.8. 400m: 1 S Johnson (CS) 55.5. 800m: 1 C McKie (WS) 2:07.3, 2 M Bartram (WS) 2:10.0. 1,500m: 1 C McKie (WS) 4:22.6, 2 S Anthony (WS) 4:26.3. 3,000m: 1 R Tennant (IH) 9:25.7, 2 S Anthony (WS) 9:36.3. 100m hurdles: 1 T Cunningham-Fahie (C&T) 15.2. 3K walk: 1 C Wilkinson (King Edward VI) 19:06.6.

High jump: 1 E Thompson (IH) 1.90m (=CBP), 2 M Smith (WS) 1.50. Pole vault: 1 T Upson (IH) 2.15m. Long jump: 1 C McKie (WS) 5.24m, 2 M Smith (WS) 5.06. Triple jump: 1 C Butler (WS) 10.94m. Shot: 1 O Pescott-Frost (IH) 10.69m. Discus: 1 O Thompson (TH) 37.02. Hammer: 1 O Thompson (TH) 45.92m.

UNDER-17 WOMEN

100m: 1 E Keswick (CS) 13.7. 200m: 2 K Whitlock (IH) 27.9. 300m: 1 K Whitlock (IH) 44.2. 800m: 1 M Soames (CoN) 2:21.4, 2 R Ryan (IH) 2:29.4. 1,500m: 1 M Soames (CoN) 5:02.2, 2 S Reid (IH) 5:02.8. 3,000m: 1 A Cheverton (CoN) 11:28.8. 1,500m steeplechase: 1 B Tooley (WS) 5:58.9 (CBP). 80m hurdles: 1 S Prescott-Smith 13.4. 300m hurdles: 1 E Robinson (IH) 52.4.

High jump: 1 S Prescott-Smith 1.55m. Pole vault: 1 S Godbold (IH) 1.55m. Long jump: 1 S Prescott-Smith 5.15m. Triple jump: 1 C Wade (WS) 10.90m. Shot: 1 H Coe (IH) 9.47m. Discus: 1 E Bloomfield (IH) 29.88m. Hammer: 1 E Bloomfield (IH) 27.48m. Javelin: 1 A Robinson (IH) 29.72m.

UNDER-20 MEN

100m: 1 M Sladden (BBD) 12.3secs. 200m: 1 M Constable (IH) 22.8. 400m: 1 M Sladden (BBD) 59.6. 1,500m: 1 A Revell (IH) 4:14.8, 2 S Dawson (WS) 4:27.1. 3,000m: 1 K Clements (IH) 8:28.5 (CBP), 2 M Delo (WS) 9:14.3.76, 2,000m steeplechase: 1 J Anthony (WS). 3K walk: 1 A Wilkinson (Unattached) 22:31.6.

Pole vault: 1 S Smith (WS) 1.95m. Long jump: 1 S Smith (WS) 4.97m. Shot: 1 J Allen (WS) 12.12m. Discus: 1 M Mortimer (IH) 40.77m. Hammer: 1 J Allen (WS) 43.12m. Javelin: M Mortimer (IH) 65.69 (CBP).

UNDER-20 WOMEN

200m: 1 P Davies (GY) 26.3secs. 400m: 1 M Jackson (WS) 61.4. 800m: 1 H Archer (WS) 2:20.0. 1,500m: 1 K Duncan (WS) 5:29.4. 3,000m: 1 J Anthony (WS) 11:34.5. 100m hurdles: 1 E Castle (Chelmsford) 17.4. Long jump: 1 H Castle (Chelms) 3.43m. Shot: 1 E Castle (Chelms) 10.83m. Discus: 1 G Howe (IH) 28.42m. Hammer: 1 H Gowe (IH) 42.90m. Javelin: 1 E Castle (Chelms) 30.76m.

SENIOR MEN

100m: 1 L Allen (WS) 12.1secs, 2 D Nichols (WS) 12.6. 200m: 1 D Nichols (WS) 25.7, 2 O Minns (IH) 27.5. 400m: 1 J Lockwood (WS) 58.5. 800m: 1 A Rooke (IH) 2:03.9. 1,500m: 1 A Rooke (IH) 4:13.2, 2 P Barker (SEP) 4:21.0. 3,000m: 1 A Rooke (IH) 9:07.2, 2 C Rooke (IH) 9:11.2. 110m hurdles: 1 N Hayman (IH) 16.8. 3K walk: 1 A Ellam (Enfield) 15:53.7.

Long jump: 1 L Allen (WS) 5.82m. Shot: 1 G Parsons (Cambridge & Coleridge) 10.92m. Discus: 1 G Parsons (C&C) 34.71. Hammer: 1 M Fenton (IH) 44.69m.

SENIOR WOMEN

100m: 1 P Davies (GY) 12.7secs. 1,500m: 1 G Benjamin (CH) 7:35.8. 3,000m: 1 M McCarthy (WS) 11:39.2. 1,500m steeplechase: 1 C Anthony (WS) 6:18.6. 3K walk: 1 A Alstrachen 20:45.6. High jump: 1 W Meadow-Smith (Stevenage) 1.64m. Pole vault: 1 J Reason (IH) 2.55m. Long jump: 1 T Spurling (WS) 5.44m. Triple jump: 1 T Spurling (WS) 12.07m (CBP); Shot: 1 T Spurling (WS) 9.44m.

KEY IH – Ipswich Harriers. WS – West Suffolk AC. BH – Brandeston Hall. CS – Culford School. CoN – City of Norwich AC. RHS – Royal Hospital School. SEP – Saint Edmund Pacers. KHS – Kesgrave High School. TH – Thetford AC. C&T – Colchester & Tendring AC. BBD – Bungay Black Dog. GY – Great Yarmouth. CBP – Championship Best Performance.

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