English Schools U17 shot put bronze medallist Rob Shaw proved his loyalty to his club when he turned out for Nene Valley Harriers on Sunday to take another win at the latest Eastern Young Athletes’ League at Basildon.
Shaw had been competing at the prestigious English Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham earlier in the weekend, where he threw a personal best 15.06m to clinch third place, but still made the journey down to Essex to help the Harriers come second overall against tough opposition.
His throw of 14.17m was more than three metres clear of his nearest competitor’s effort.
Another youngster to excel was U15 Jack Baker. Competing in the 300m for the first time, he blew the rest of the field away with an English Schools’ qualifying time of 38.09 to take him to 33rd in the national rankings. Baker is currently on Peterborough FC’s books, so could face some difficult decisions as to which sport he concentrates on if he continues to build on his scintillating athletics debut, where he also won his B string 200m race in 24.7.
The U15 Hughes brothers put in typically gutsy performances too, with William winning his 200m race (24.0) and B string high jump competition (1.5m) with ease, and Charles victorious in the shot put (10.95m) and javelin (35.65m), before placing third in the discus.
In the same age group, Scott Waumsley scored two PBs when he won the A high jump with an impressive 1.65m leap, and the 80m hurdles race in a fast 12.7, with Josh Akinwumi winning the A race with a lifetime best of 12.0.
The U17 girls all put in strong efforts, with Annie Grey winning her 1500m in 5:52.0, and Alison Church competing in the triple jump (9.46m), the long jump (4.73) and the 300m (45.9). Her long jump mark matched that of the winner’s but she had to be content with a still excellent second place in the A competition on countback. Younger brother Matt, still only 11 years-old, fought hard to take second place in the U13 1500m with a solid 5:38.5.
U13 Lee Addison put his all into winning the 800m in 2:32.7, before also gaining valuable points in the shot put (7.18m), while in the same age group Ben Roberts won the 1500m (5:03.1) before performing well in the high jump (1.2m) and the javelin (10.49m).
The Harriers’ second place overall at Basildon has meant they have jumped to sixth in the league table, a qualifying position for the cup final in September.
However, with one match still to go at Sandy next month the club will need all athletes turning out to ensure as many age groups go through.