Pippa Earley and Jaleel Roper run UK age group records in Bedford
Pippa Earley and Jaleel Roper were among the athletes to impress over the weekend as athletes competed for age-group titles at the England U17/U15 Championships in Bedford.
Clocking 10.97 (+0.1), Earley became the first British athlete to legally run under 11 seconds for the under-17 80m hurdles. Her impressive time did not break the Championship Best Performance (CBP) though as Alicia Barrett has gone quicker, with a windy 10.87.
Roper won the under-15 200m in 22.13 (+1.3) to break the championship record and match the UK age group record. It completed a sprint double for the Hercules Wimbledon sprinter as he won the 100m the day before in 11.01 (+0.8) to Graig Anya-Joseph’s 11.02. Both had gone quicker in the semi-finals, with times of 10.97 and 10.94 respectively.
Amy Pye, who went into the championships with a 300m hurdles PB of 43.06, ran a big improvement with 41.96 to move to fifth ahead of Eilidh Doyle on the UK under-17 all-time list and get gold. Ben Lloyd won the under-17 400m hurdles in 52.98.
Another big improver was Abigail Pawlett as she ran 12.04 (+0.6) to win the under-15 100m after clocking 12.43 in her heat and 12.21 in the semi-finals. The silver was claimed by 12-year-old Trezeguet Taylor who improved from her pre-championships PB of 12.57 to a British age-12 best of 12.21 after running 12.39 and 12.25 in the rounds.
Jeremiah Azu ran a Welsh under-17 100m record to make the final and he improved that mark to 10.65 to get the gold. Amy Hunt won the women’s title in 11.72 (+1.1).
Amber Anning continued her impressive form to win the under-17 200m in 23.76 and Tia Anderson broke the under-15 300m CBP with 40.35.
Daniel Joyce broke the CBP in the under-15 800m, clocking 1:56.04 for a dominant win and a time that moves him to 10th on the UK all-time list. The holder of the UK record in that age-group, Max Burgin, was also impressive in the under-17 event as he ran a CBP of 1:50.26.
The under-15 1500m was won by Sian Heslop from Morgan Squibb – 4:33.76 to 4:35.67 – while Mohamed Ali won the under-15 3000m in 8:58.93.
Multi eventer Dominic Ogbechie ran a big PB of 21.52 to win the under-17 200m after his fourth place in the high jump, which was won by Kaya Walker with 2.04m. Sam Brereton broke the CBP with 1.97m to win the under-15 high jump.
The women’s under-17 hammer competition was won by Jade Williams with 59.77m, while Ben Hawkes won the men’s event in that age group with 71.91m. Max Law won the under-17 javelin with 62.24m.
Jay Morse threw 55.28m for the under-17 discus title, while Hannah Molyneaux threw 15.33m to win the under-17 shot put.
Ethan Brown won a UK leading 47.84 in the under-17 400m, while George Sudderick ran the best time of the season in the under-15 300m with 35.79 for a European age-13 best.
In the para athletics events, Isaac Towers was among the winners as he clocked 53.40 to win the 400m title and he also won the 1500m in 3:29.18. Craig Boardman won the T34 100m and 200m.
In the 200m ambulant event, Eve Walsh-Dann moved to fourth on the world T36 rankings with 31.73 (0.0).
» See the August 31 edition of AW magazine for a more in-depth report, plus pictures and results