First off on Friday morning was Abi Jones, competing for Herts Schools in the Junior Girls javelin qualifying round. With one throw left to reach the qualifying distance of 33 metres, Abi needed to pull out the stops and duly did so with a massive PB of 37.49m. This was the leading throw in qualifying. On the following morning Abi reached 33.91m to be thirteenth in the final.
Next up on Friday was Will Perkin in the Intermediate Boys 1500m, competing for Bucks Schools. In a strong but evenly paced race, Will was always in touch and moved from tenth at the bell, to seventh in his heat to record a two-second PB of 4.04.87. The heat was won in 4.04.04 so Will was just half a second away from a place in the final.
Harry Kettle was next, taking part in the heats of the Junior Boys 800m for Bucks Schools. Harry was third at the bell but with a stunning last lap ran through to win in a new PB of 2.01.62. The final on Saturday had Harry in fifth at the bell. He had to work hard to be in a competitive position at 200m to go, but took the lead with a strong spurt. Working hard down the home straight Harry was just overhauled before the line to be fourth, but recording yet another PB of 2.01.48. With six places receiving medals or certificates, Harry had his moment on the podium, receiving a certificate for his fourth place.
Bucks Schools’ Hannah Thear needed to be in the first two to qualify in her Intermediate Girls 800m heat. Hannah ran well but couldn’t match the pace of the leaders, finishing well to be sixth in 2.19.83.
James McCarthy’s Senior Boys 1500m race was a straight final of 19 boys on the Saturday. James, running for Bucks Schools, was always well placed and a positive move by the eventual winner stretched the field out. James ran smoothly and strongly to be fifth in a time of 3.52.32, just a fraction outside his recently set PB. James also received his certificate on the podium.
The last field event of the weekend was the Junior Boys long jump, featuring Herts Schools’ David Odita. David was eighth with 5.47m, a little way off his PB set earlier in the season.