English Schools 2019 Track and Field Championships

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Holly Brewster was first up in the Junior Girls 800 metres. Going in Heat 2 Holly stuck to the plan and finished in 5th place out of the 11 athletes. Running a personal best gave Holly a great chance of making the semi final. A tense wait until the final heat had been run. Unfortunately Holly just missed out by 1 place and 0.2 seconds. A really great effort and a personal best at the English Schools what more can you ask for. Well done Holly.

Neve Hardcastle first year Intermediate girl went in the 1500 metres 2nd heat. This was a great achievement qualifying for these championships only been the first year in the age group. It was going to be a tough ask of getting through the heats. Neve did herself proud and finished 10th out of the 15 athletes in her heat. Although disappointed afterwards once she had time to reflect on what she had achieved she was ok and was looking forward to working hard and target some personal best towards the end of the season. I am really looking forward to working with Neve over the winter to make sure she will be back next year much faster and stronger and making that final.

Annie Naylor went in the Junior Girls 1500 metres. Going in heat 1 Annie ran out of her skin to run over a 2 seconds personal best and finish in 4th place out of the 15 runners to book herself a place in the final. A great achievement for someone that hardly ever runs on track and prefers the cross country season. Going into the final as the slowest on paper the target was not to finish in last place. Sticking exactly to the plan and going to the back of the field as we knew it would be super quick to start with. To put things into perspective Annie went through 800 metres not far of her 800 metre personal best. The plan was to pick it up with 500 metres to go. Annie did exactly this and worked herself through the field from 12th to an amazing 6th place. In doing so Annie broke the Team Russell record and went under 4.40 for the first time. This is all done on very little training. I am not sure if Annie realises just how talented she is. Well done Annie …. I said to her after you best like track now … the answer was its ok … Bring on the cross country season.

Cyane Robinson went in the Senior Girls 1500 metres. After a very tough 3 months on and of the track we were just happy Cyane had made the Championships as it was her last year before she heads of to university. In a slow tactical race going through 800 metres in 2.31 Cyane pushed on and stuck to the plan and finished in a big seasons best finishing in 9th place overall in a very strong field. We couldn’t have asked for much more with the lead up to the championships we had. A good 4 week block of training now and we will target some fast times at the end of the season. Well done Cyane.

Ella Kynoch went in the Junior Girls Discus. The was the last event of the Championships at 16.00 on the Saturday afternoon. Training had been going really well leading up to the Championships so there was always the hope we could come away with a medal. Conditions were really tough with a strong cross wind and athletes were struggling to get the big distances. After the first three rounds Ella had done enough to get another three throws. Going into the final round Ella was in 5th place so had to really go for it to get amongst the medals. She held her nerve and did exactly that. The last throw managed to get Ella into the Bronze medal position by 1 cm. What a great achievement. Really proud of all the hard work you have put in both at the track and at home doing drills. Bring on a tough winter working on the full turn and we should see some much bigger distances we know Ella is capable of. Who would have thought this was even possible when you joined Team Russell just over 3 years ago. Well done Ella

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