ATHLETICS: YOUNGSTERS from Rugby and Northampton Athletics club competed at the English Schools’ Championship at the weekend, with four claiming gold medals.
Taking place at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, the event attracted some of the country’s finest young athletes.
And Adam Searle of Rugby and Northampton was one of the hard-working few to scoop a gold medal as he raced to victory in the intermediate boys’ 1500m steeplechase in a personal best time – and club record – of 4mins 20secs.
There were top honours too for Eleanor Broome, who leaped 6.08 metres to earn first place in the senior girls’ long jump.
Joining the pair on the podium were Kiona McLennon and Abigail Ward, who both earned silver medals.
McLennon took silver in the senior girls’ shot put with an effort of 11.65 metres while Ward starred when taking the runner-up spot in the junior girls’ javelin.
Ward eclipsed her previous personal best by over five metres with a throw of 41.01m – securing second place and another new club record.
Another to impress was Aidan Leeson, who finished third in his 400m heat to qualify for the senior men’s final.
Despite shaving almost half a second off that time with 48.85, he narrowly missed out on a medal in what was a closely fought final.
Elsewhere, two of the club’s runners are heading off to the Bahamas this month to compete for their country in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games.
Just 25 English athletes are selected from across the country.
And Joshua Lay and Joshua Faulds will be the club’s two representatives in the Caribbean.
A total of 70 different nations and territories will be represented at the bi-annual event.
Lay will compete in the 1500m while Faulds going for gold in the 400m hurdles event.