Michael Bartram was the star performer as eight West Suffolk athletes represented Suffolk at the English Schools Championships.
Taking place at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, Bartram put a niggling hamstring injury aside to clinch a promising silver medal in the senior boys’ 2000m steeplechase event taking a mammoth 20 seconds off of his previous personal best.
Having qualified comfortably for the final of the Inter girls 800m event, Sophie Tooley came agonisingly close to clinching a medal.
After fighting her way into the lead, Tooley was overhauled just 25m from the line in a blanket finish between the top four which saw her miss out by just two hundreths of a second.
Harry Hughes has had an injury-hit season but still managed a bronze medal in the inter boys’ javelin, while Lauren Gibbs managed a personal best in the 100m and Levi-Jack Roper settled for 11th in the junior boys’ hammer event.
All the remaining endurance squad members performed well without managing to qualify from their heats. Seb Anthony and Cameron McKie in senior boys’ 800m, Emily Moyes in inter girls’ 800m, Holly Davies in inter girls’ 1500m, Mikayela Sealby in the junior girls’ 800m and Christy Williams in the inter boys’ 800m.
n For the first time West Suffolk Athletics Club entered a women’s team into the unique Ekiden relays at Woodbridge, where teams of six complete a relay over marathon distance.
And after a pulsating event, which saw the lead change several times, the team of Holly Archer, Maureen McCarthy, Christine Anthony, Celia Duncan, Justine Anthony and Beth Tooley had to settle for second place from 30 teams as they finished less than a minute behind the winners.
There was joy for the girls’ team in the junior event, as Lauren Murphy, Holly Davies, Charlotte Murphy and Sophie Tooley sealed a comfortable victory.
Elsewhere, the club secured promotion to Division Two of the Southern Athletics League with victory at St Ives.