Outstanding performances from Radley athletes at English Schools Championships
The English Schools Championship in Birmingham over Friday and Saturday gave the six Radley athletes selected for the Oxford Schools team an opportunity to test themselves against the best athletes in their age groups in the country.
In the Senior Girls hammer throw Aislinn Baird finished 10th a brilliant result as she was recovering from injury. Her throw of 38.56m was close to her personal best and showed her ability to compete under real pressure..
In the Intermediate Girls discus throw Emma O'Hara finished 7th after putting together her best ever set of throws with three over thirty three metres.
The junior girls team had three Radley athletes all of whom were competing for the first time at the English Schools Championship. They all performed with distinction managing the occasion and their competitors with incredible maturity. It is often the case that when athletes first compete at the English Schools Champonship the crowd and the occasion inhibit their performance. Our girls rose to the challenge. Amy Greenway cruised through the heats and reached the semi finals in the ultra competitive 200m. Kathryn Woodcock threw over 30m for the first time in the discus, then did it for the second and third time on her way to a new personal best and 6th place in the junior girls discus. In front of the packed main stand Hayley Perrin soared and stretched every sinew striving for a medal. In the end she had to settle for 4th place after a thrilling long jump competition.
Radley boys were represented by Christian von Eitzen. As a lower year athlete in a very competitive event he was really up against it. Like the rest of our athletes he faced the challenge head on. He ran a good race and in a tactical heat came very close to matching his pb while being narrowly denied a place in the semi finals.