Girls smash 30-year-old athletics record at event

Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club U15 girls' winning and record breaking 4 x 100m relay team.
Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club U15 girls' winning and record breaking 4 x 100m relay team.

It may occur early in the track and field season but the annual Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire County Championships always seem to bring out the best in many athletes and so it was at this year’s event, staged at Harvey Hadden Stadium, Nottingham.

The big event atmosphere, medals, a County Champion crown and the possibility of breaking a Championship Best Performance (CBP) is guaranteed to spur athletes to personal bests and fine performances.

Of the 17 new Derbyshire CBPs set at the championships, four came from Amber Valley & Erewash AC athletes.

Perhaps the most stunning came from the U15 girls 4 x 100m relay quartet of Tamsin McGraw, Niamh Emerson, Katie Rowe and Emily Coope. They combined to take half a second off the previous record that had stood since 1983, and was one of the longest standing CBPs in the record books. Also at U15 Cara Brown set a new CBP in hammer and took shot and discus golds.

Two of the clubs higher performing athletes hurdlers David Feeney and Jessica Turner bettered their own CBPs in the senior mens 110mH and junior womens 400mH respectively.

Leading the medal charge was Niamh Emerson with three further golds in 800m, 1500m and high jump, Emily Coope took the U15 sprint double titles and Katie Rowe was the perhaps surprise winner of the U15 long jump with a big personal best.

Jethro McGraw took both the U17 mens 800m and 1500m golds and there was a further double gold from Adam Berwick in the U13 boys 100m and 200m. The U17 mens 4 x 100m relay quartet of Ed Barbour, Jack Nicholson, George White and Jack Allen removed the previous club record in this event held since 2006 with a swift lap to take team gold.

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Amber Valley and Erewash Athletic Club welcomes young athletes of all abilities and experience from age eight years. The club’s training base is at the Rutland Sports Park, Ilkeston, with training and competition in track and field, cross country and sportshall athletics open to all.