AVEAC’s athletes enjoy a successful weekend

Medals and winning performances were the order of the weekend as a number of Amber Valley and Erewash AC athletes competed in less than ideal conditions.

The Northern Senior and U20 Championships at Manchester’s Sport City were a cold, wet and very windy affair but, for the four AVEAC athletes who took part there, they can all have reasons to be cheerful.

David Feeney is no stranger to taking medals at Northern Combined Events Championships but on Saturday he won his first ever gold in a single event. He was a winner by a clear margin in the Senior Mens 110m hurdles with a time just a tenth shy of his lifetime best.

Jessica Turner also won gold in the U20 womens 400m hurdles, and as reigning champion she was largely untroubled as she crossed the line in a new personal best time. Emily Heappey won her first ever medal at a regional championships, taking a silver in the U20 womens 100m hurdles with a personal best time. Alexandra Turner missed out on a personal best by one tenth of a second in the Senior Womens 800m, as she battled her way round for a bronze medal.

Further south in Oxfordshire, Naimh Emerson and Cara Brown were part of the four person U15 girls team representing Derbyshire Schools in the Midland Schools Combined Events Championship.

Niamh was on top form despite the atrocious un-summer like weather. As a serious middle distance athlete she was the surprise event winner displaying great all-round athleticism, amassing a highly respectable 3019 points for the five-discipline event held on one day. She managed three personal bests in hurdles, shot and long jump, an equal personal best in high jump, and a quality run in the 800m.

Clubmate Cara Brown finished in ninth and, as part of the winning Derbyshire team she and Niamh, will go through to the English Schools Combined Events Final in September.