Griffiths Gets the Gold!
At the u15/u17 South of England Champs Holly Griffiths-Brown landed the Gold medal in the u15 girls triple jump. As Holly took her first jump it was evident that the competition was over as she landed a 10.58mt jump - this was up in the top 5 jumps in the country this year and shocked the other competitors who never recovered. No one could respond and Holly just got better and better as the rounds went on.
She peaked in round 4 with 10.77mts which was not only the third best in UK in 2016 but took her to 24th on the UK all time list. This jump is just 3 cms short of English Schools qualifying for u17!! All 6 of Holly's jumps would have won the gold medal such was her domination, and in saying that she never hit the take-off board once! 11 mtrs must be the next target. Not one to rest on her laurels she quickly collected her gold medal (see photo) and immediately shot over to the 200mts to register a new PB of 27.95sec.
In the u17 men's 400 hdls final Radley had two qualifiers, Harry New and Blake Strickland Bennett. The guys have been head to head all year and with Harry just having equalled the club record at 58.0 sec in the last YDL match just pipping Blake it was always going to be close with the prospect of both medalling. Both started well but Harry messed up his stride patten at hurdle 6 which didn't allow him to run a decent top bend, coming into the final straight in 6th. Blake was in 3rd place approaching the ninth of the 10 hurdles but Harry was finishing strongly. A huge sprint for the finish line saw 4 athletes finish within half a second of each other with Harry winning out with the bronze medal position and a new pb and club record of 57.35 sec. Blake finished a close 5th in 57.82sec and a new PB . This competition will clearly continue as both have the nationals in Bedford to focus on in 2 weeks time. Ollie Stacey ran himself into a qualifying place for the final of the u17 men's 100mt hurdles by finishing 3rd in his semi final. Unfortunately hitting the first 3 hurdles really hard meant he was
unable to complete the final. He will also have a chance to make amends