Medals Galore at County Championships

Athletes from Andover Athletic Club produced some fine performances at the recent Hampshire County Championships which resulted in the club bringing home 24 medals. Although the number of athletes competing for the club was not as high as in previous years those that took part did the club proud.

Tillie McClutchie was the only U13G competing but she produced some fine performances to pick up a silver medal in the High Jump with a new PB of 1.35m plus 4th place in the Long Jump with another PB of 4.39m. Tillie also reached the semi-final of the 200m, where she was just outside her PB with a time of 30.77s and just missed out on a place in the final of the 70mH with a time of 13.13s.

In the U15G age group Molly Wood was in sprints action in both the 100m and 200m. In the 100m she ran 13.77s to progress to the semi-final where another solid run resulted in a time of 13.80s to just miss a place in the final. In the 200m Molly ran a solid heat to progress to the semi-final where she produced a PB time of 28.02s but again just missed a place in the final. Alisha Bramley was competing in her first championships and a solid run in the 100m took her through to the semi-final where ran just outside her PB in 14.19s. Victoria Butler-Clack was also in action in the 100m where she ran a PB time of 14.25 in the heats. Victoria also competed in the 75Mh where she ran a time of 13.56s. Abbie Mills was the final U15G competing and she equalled her PB in the High Jump with a leap of 1.30m.

It is the U17W age group where Andover AC are particularly strong and it was the multi talented Holly Mills who led the way in picking up 2 Gold medals and a Silver medal from her 3 events. In the 80mH she cruised through to the final in a time of 11.80s and then destroyed the final line up in a time of 11.52s, which is just outside her PB. Mills is currently ranked No.1 in the UK in the 80mH. However, it is her Long Jump where she is receiving plaudits as again she produced a fine series of jumps to take Gold with a best of 6.11m. This was a Championship Best Performance beating the previous best which was set in 1980. This season Mills has a PB of 6.20m which ranks her No.1 in the UK in the U17W category and 10th overall age groups with only 9 senior female athletes having jumped further than this in the UK. Despite being in the first year in the Youth (U18) age group, she is also ranked No.1 in Europe and No.2 in the World.

Jasmine McClutchie was also in action in the Long Jump and she produced a PB jump of 5.14m to take the silver medal. The U17W have a strong sprints squad and this showed in the 200m where all 4 girls competing reached the 200m final. In the heats Holly Mills produced the best time of 25.40s, Jasmine McClutchie a time of 26.21s, Darcie Henderson 26.07s and Elizabeth Butler-Clack a PB of 26.51s. In the final was Mills who came out on top of the Andover athletes in taking silver in 25.06s, with Henderson taking Bronze with a PB of 25.94s, McClutchie 5th and Butler-Clack 8th.

Henderson was also in action in the 300m where she produced a solid time of 43.4 in the heats but finished out of the medals in the final. She was also just out of the medals in the High Jump with a best of 1.45m. McClutchie was also in action in the 100m where she progressed to the final with a PB time of 12.81s in the heats. She was joined in the final by Butler-Clack who also ran a PB of 12.67s in the heats. In the final Butler-Clack ran a great race to snatch Bronze in a time of 12.75s with McClutchie 6th in 13.00s. Butler-Clack also picked up a Silver medal in the Discus with a best throw of 28.20m and Elizabeth Ball who was competing in her first championships threw a PB of 25.00m in the Hammer.

More medals were won in the U20W category where Annie Brookes won her 3rd Triple Jump title with a best of 10.82m. Evie Wilcox was also in fine action in the throws events where she picked up Gold medals in the Shot (9.24m) and Discus (39.96m) and Silver in the Hammer with a PB of 37.13m. Ella Neil was in action on the track where she ran a time (28.63s) just outside her PB in the 200m.

Fewer male athletes were in action but in the U15B age group Tom Hewson produced a great performance in winning Gold in the Javelin, where he added over 6m to his PB with a throw of 49.26m. This currently ranks Tom No.1 in the UK in his age group. James McDermott was in action on the track and produced PB performances in both the 200m (26.63s) and 300m (42.16s). Although he did not progress to the finals these were solid runs as he is in his first year in the age group.

Sam Sears was the only U17M in action where he competed both the 100m and 200m. Despite having not trained for a month due to GCSE’s, Sears ran solid races in the 100m where he ran 11.70s in the heats, 11.64s in the semi-final and then 11.59s in finishing 7th in the final.

In the U20M Matt Chant was in action in the 100m where he won his heat in 11.1s and then took Silver in a very fast final with a time of 11.07s. Scott Barker competed in the 400m where he reached the final with a time of 50.33s in the heats. However, he was just run out of a medal in the final in finishing 4th in a time of 50.08s. Keiran Nicholls was in action in the Field events and he picked up 3 Bronze medals from his 3 events. He produced a PB leap of 6.19m in the Long Jump, threw 34.49m in the Discus and leapt 3.00m in the Pole Vault.

Dave Awde was in action in the Senior Men category where he picked up a Bronze medal in the 400mH, whilst James Folkes reached the final of the 100m, running a time of 11.22s in the heats and 11.11s in the final.

The Wiltshire County Championships were also held on the same weekend and a handful of Andover athletes were in action. Millie Van Moppes won Gold in the U13G 70mH in a time of 12.16s. Sarah Brett took Silver in the U15G 200m with a PB of 28.07s and Silver in the 800m. Brothers Alex and Zac Jones were in action in the U13B age group with Alex winning Silver in the Javelin with a PB of 29.14m whilst Zac won Bronze in both the 100m (15.00s) and High Jump (1.20m) with PB performances in both events.

A fine weekend at both Championships for Andover athletes, which will hopefully bode well for the summer season ahead.