More medals success for Belper area athletes

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Belper’s Jethro McGraw was in winning form yet again as he set a new Championship Best Performance at the Northern Athletics Track and Field Championships in Hull.

Hot on the heels of his silver medal gained at the English Schools Finals the previous weekend, he ran another sub-two-minute run in the U15 boys 800m to break the existing record by two seconds despite feeling worse for wear with a cold and sore throat.

In all six Amber Valley Erewash Athletics Club members took medals at this regional event which is the biggest medal haul for several years.

Also taking gold was Denby’s Jessica Turner in the U20 womens 400m hurdles.

As expected the 16-year-old was untroubled over the one-lap race.

Georgina Trace took a silver medal in the U15 girls hammer, throwing one metre short of her best at 34.32m and had the satisfaction of a personal best in the shot to finish sixth.

Bronze medals came the way of three U15 athletes who had never previously medalled before at this standard.

Niamh Emerson finished third in the girls 800m setting a new personal best of two minutes 20.54.

Kasey Pearson added an extra five-metres onto his personal best in the boys hammer throwing 35.11m.

Megan Bruce took bronze in the girls long jump with a best jump of 4.98m.

If London 2012 is whetting the appetite of youngsters to have a go at the Olympics’ premier sport, then they should get on down to ‘Try Athletics’ sessions which is being hosted by Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club at the club’s base at the Rutland Sports Park, inIlkeston.

Sessions are being held on Wednesdays 1, 22ndand 29 August and are free of charge for eight to 15-year-olds.

No experience, booking or special equipment is needed.