Medals haul as youngsters shine for their athletics club

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Amber Valley and Erewash Athletic Clubs have earned a brace of medals at the U13/U15 Northern Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Four athletes came away with five medals and there were many personal bests too.

This year saw the introduction of the championship event for U13s at a regional level and it was very well supported and welcomed by the sizable crowd at the impressive English Institute of Sport venue at Sheffield.

The Northern Championships attract the best young athletes aged 10-14 years from clubs in the north of the country.

It’s been some while since the club has had regional medallists in the throws events yet two athletes took golds in shot putt.

Lily Naylor from Ripley, in her first competition at this standard, added a metre to her personal best when becoming the surprise winner of the U13girls event.

George Davé from Horsley had an excellent day, winning the U15 boys shot and then taking bronze in the U15 boys 60m hurdles.

The club’s other gold medal came again by way of a surprise from the improving Esme Moss in the U13 girls long jump.

In a hotly contested field of almost 30 girls, Esme just hung onto gold by one centimetre from Derbys AC’s Hannah Barnden.

Tamsin McGraw also had to produce a personal best to take bronze in the U15 girls 800m.

Just missing out on medals were Scott Ram, who jumped over 5m for the first time to take fourth in the U15 boys long jump, and Emily Coope, who also finished fourth in the U15 girls 200m.