Young athletes head to Bedford

Stanley Livingston, Morgan Lake and Owin Sinclair among the athletes in action at the England Athletics U17 & U15 Championships

Stanley Livingston

Bedford hosts the final England Athletics outdoor track and field championships of the season this weekend as over 1000 athletes have entered to compete in the under-15 and under-17 competition.

Among those in action is national multi-event champions Morgan Lake (pictured) and Max Price. With identical personal bests of 1.90m, the high jump competitions are sure to be highlights, with Lake bound to be eyeing the under-17 championships best performance which has stood for over 30 years.

Price will also take on the sprint hurdles, discus and pole vault no doubt under the watchful eye of coach Norma Harris who will later be presented with East Region Development Coach of the Year.

East Services to Coaching winner Carol Jackson – who helped set Olympic medallist Robbie Grabarz on his road to success – will also be at the high jump for William Grimsby, who has cleared 2.00m this year and looks hopeful for a podium place, and fellow under-17 Jamie Horne.

Some of last year’s winners will have the chance to defend their titles as others will move up an age group. Under-17 discus champion Georgie Taylor will be looking to retain her title, as will Stanley Livingston in the 400m hurdles. Livingston will also contest the 110m hurdles.

Owin Sinclair moves up an age group and this year will stick to the short sprints. Last year’s under-15 girls’ winner in the sprints was Maya Bruney and she will also have to take on under-17 athletes this time around, as will pole vaulter Tilly Hooper and Ashleigh Power who moves up an age group and 1kg in the hammer to take on under-17 returning winner Rebecca Keating.

In the disability events entries have boomed and among the athletes in action is 2012 Paralympian Maxine Moore in the discus and club throw and world record-holder and world champion Scott Jones throwing the discus, javelin and shot.

» For a more in-depth preview to the action, see englandathletics.org where you will also find a link to results and live coverage from Bedford. See the September 5 issue of AW for a report, pictures and results from the championships.

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