Update on Juniors’ Bid For English Schools Championships

You may remember in our previous bulletin, we had three of our Juniors waiting to hear if they had been selected to compete at the English Schools Track & Field Championships. Tori Buckley and Ashton Harrison had been put forward to compete for Durham, and similarly, Charlotte Rutter for Cleveland. It was a nail-bighting few days to find out if they were ranked highly enough, but we’re very pleased to tell you that all three were selected and will compete at the finals in Manchester from 9th-11th July!

Ashton, Tori and Charlotte

Tori will take part in the Junior Girls Shot Put, Ashton in the Junior Boys Triple Jump and Charlotte in the Senior Girls 100m Hurdles. It is a huge achievement just reaching the finals so congratulations to you all, we look forward to seeing how you get on next month!

Now, onto combined events. Coincidentally, the same talented trio were on track (no pun intended!) for competing at the English Schools Combined Events Championships, with just one hurdle (sorry, another athletics pun) between them and the Finals – the Regional Championships. The bad news is that Tori had to isolate due to a close contact testing positive for Covid 19, and Ashton was still carrying an injury. As you can imagine, both were absolutely devastated at not being able to compete; it’s such a shame, but we’re confident that their time will come! However, things were quite different for Charlotte. She travelled down to the Costello Stadium at Hull for the 2-day event; her first Heptathlon as an Under 20 athlete. She put in a tremendous performance across all 7 disciplines, winning the Senior Girls Heptathlon with a points score of 4166. She will now travel to the national finals at Bedford on 18th/19th September. Outstanding as always, Charlotte, well done!

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Charlotte, North East Regional Combined Events Champion