Abingdon athletes of all ages and disciplines were out in force over the weekend at County Championships. Here's the report by Charlotte Salt.

There were strong performances across the board, with medals and/or PBs for almost everyone who competed.

As well as the many athletes, the club provided a volunteer team of officials, along with supporting staff who helped out with putting up results, registration of athletes, and much more. An enormous amount of time and effort was put in by all involved to ensure that the competition ran smoothly, so thanks to everyone who helped out. A special thanks as ever goes to Noel Blatchford for coordinating our volunteering crew once again.

Endurance

Holding the championships over two days gives even our youngest endurance athletes a chance to double up. Most chose the 800/1500 option but Georgie Halfhead went for 300 / 800 and came away with two PBs and a gold medal in the shorter event. Olivia Martin hit the deck after just 90m of her U15 1500 but got back into the race to take gold. She returned battle-scarred on Sunday to win her 800 with a big PB. In the U13s it was gold and silver for Izzy Martin (with a new PB over 800m) with two fine bronze medals and PBs for Evey Powell.

For the lads, it was two PBs and gold and silver for Kie Francis, with David Bunn setting new figures when winning his U20 1500. Connor Morgan took 3rd in his 1500 with a new PB. Over 800m Owen Stepney was in the medals for the seniors while Adam Ede took the U20 title with another PB, edging ever closer to the 2 min mark.

Meanwhile, Emily Betts took half a minute off her 1500m PB and Ruby Herring came close to her 800m PB in her first track race of the year.

Sprints, hurdles and field

Seniors

  • Abielle Hallas got the GOLD in the 400H in her debut performance, with 2nd place in the 200m.
  • Will Handscombe ran PBs in both the 200m and 400m, with 3rd and 2nd places respectively.
  • Marc Juffkins got the GOLD in the PV with a PB, as well as going on to compete in the 100m.
  • Pete Stepney finished in 2nd place in the PV, only just losing out to Marc.
  • Andrew Caruana ran an electronic PB to get the GOLD in the 400H.
  • Carine Muir vaulted an equal PB but just missed out on the gold medal through countback.
  • Tiffany Cox got the GOLD in the 100m with her season-opening performance.
  • Charlotte Salt took home DOUBLE GOLD in the 200m and 400m.

U20s

  • Scarlett Herold took home DOUBLE GOLD in the 100m and 200m, with PBs in both.
  • Fiona Bristow came in 2nd place in LJ, despite recent injury.
  • Bethan Freestone ran a PB in the 100m.
  • Lizzy Quigley ran a wind-assisted PB in the 100mH to take GOLD, with a PB in the 100m as well, despite an ankle injury affecting her training.

U17s

  • Malte Wilhelmsson took silver in the 100m and came in 3rd place in the 400m.
  • Benji Davys took DOUBLE GOLD in the 400m and TJ, with a close 2nd place in the 200m (which could have been gold if he hadn’t lost his shoe halfway down the home straight…), with electronic PBs for both the 200m and 400m.
  • Clara Wells ran a wind-assisted PB in the 100m to finish in 3rd place.
  • William Barrett ran a PB in the 200m and threw a PB in the javelin to take GOLD, as well as competing in the LJ and 800m.
  • Phoebe Astbury ran a wind-assisted PB in the 100m.

U15s

Oliver Thompson made it to the 100m final in a strong field of athletes, putting in two of his best ever performances.
Freya Halsall ran a wind-assisted PB in the 100m, as well as PBs in the 200m. LJ, HJ and 75H, taking GOLD in the high jump.
Celena Appleby-Prince knocked over a second off her 75mh time coming in fourth place, with fourth places in the high jump and her first time running the 300m.
Oliver Mellor ran his first ever 80mh race earning himself a bronze medal, as well as competing in the 100m and 200m.
Edward Betts came second in the HJ in his first competition of the year.

U13s

  • Oliver Frost ran the 75mH, knocking nearly a second off his previous PB, also jumping to PBs in high jump and long jump.
  • EJ Brown came close to PBs in the 100m and LJ.
  • Anton Oliver ran a great race in his first ever 200m.
  • Samantha Viner ran a PB in the 200m.
  • Amy Frost added 20cm to her LJ PB.