Tamworth AC’s athletes were out in their numbers for both the Staffordshire and Warwickshire County Track & Field Championships over the weekend. The two days of rather mixed weather saw some outstanding performances from the club’s stars and an impressive haul of championship crowns and new county records.
At the Northwood Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, Arantxa Middleton continued her fine form to take the Staffordshire Under-15 Girls 100 metres title; winning her heat and then the final with a new personal best of 13.2secs. Arantxa then went on to claim a second gold in the 300 metres with 44.1secs, followed by Lottie McLaren in 3rd place with 46.3secs.
Tom Ainsworth claimed the Senior Men’s 400 metres crown with a time of 51.8secs and a comfortable 3 second lead on second place. For the Under-20 Men, Owen Williams was 2nd with a time of 60.3secs.
In the 400 metres Isabelle Neville took 3rd place in the Senior Women’s race with a time of 61.5secs, and Eve Clawley finished second for the Under-20s with 60.5secs.
The Under-15s continued to show great promise on the track. Lottie McLaren claimed another great win for the Girls in the 800 metres with a personal best time of 2:23.1. James Measham also became a deserving county champion in the Boys 1,500 metres, crossing the line on 4:57.3. The Girls 1,500 metres saw Phoebe O’Connor clock 5:25.0 and Tegan Vickery put in her best performance of the season with 5:42.1.
In the hurdles, Sophie Parsley stormed to victory in the Under-17 Women’s 300 metres event with a time of 49.6secs. Sophie won the race with a massive 6 seconds margin; matching her best ever time from the previous week. In the 400 metre Hurdles, Isabelle Neville finished in 67.1secs for the Senior Women.
The Tamworth Pole Vault team dominated at both the Staffordshire and Warwickshire Championships. Sian Hubbard took her third consecutive Staffordshire title, winning the Under-17 Women’s event with 2.60 metres. Ruby Coldwell won the Under-15 Girls event, setting a new county record of 2.70 metres and achieving English Schools standard.
Over in Nuneaton at the Warwickshire Championships, more Pole Vault county records were set by champions Camron Harrison with 3.00 metres in the Under-15 Boys event and Charley O’Neill with 2.90 for the Under-15 Girls. Like Ruby in Staffordshire, both Camron and Charley also achieved English Schools Standards. Amy Cook won the Under-17 Women’s Pole Vault Championship with 2.60 metres and took 2nd place in the Javelin with a throw of 31.16 metres. In the Under-15 Girls Javelin, Ruby Spencer threw 28.43 for 3rd place and in the Long Jump, Bethany Ostick jumped 4.63 metres for the Under-17 Women.
Back on the track for the Under-17 Women, Sian Lewis and Sophie Perry clocked 2:31.82 and 2:42.15 respectively in the 800 metres. Charlotte Perry then finished the 1,500 metres with a time of 5:27.92.
In the Under-17 Men’s 400 metres, James Sherriff ran 52.84secs to win his heat and then 51.30 to become Warwickshire Champion in the final. Luke Jones was narrowly beaten into 2nd place in the Under-20 Men’s 1,500 metres with a time of 4:15.20.
Bethany Ostick clocked 13.10secs in her Under-17 Women’s 100 metres heat and then went slightly quicker with 13.08secs in the final.