All acquitted themselves well and enjoyed taking part in this highpoint of the season. The weather stayed fine all weekend and conditions were very good.
Cameron Reid was in the third heat of three in the Inter Boys 800m and had a fine run to log a PB of 1.56.21. Cam was third in the heat, the fastest of the three, and this was enough to book a place in the final as a fastest loser. Alex Aldred, a first year in the Inter Boys age group, ran well in the first heat to log 2.00.57, not enough to progress.
Inter Boy Joe Eggleton is coming back from a hamstring injury and is short of race fitness. However he ran well to be fifth in his 200m heat in 22.66, enough to secure a semi-final spot. Junior Boy James Spicer made his English Schools debut, eighth in his heat with a good time of 24.55. Robyn Watkins, boarding at Millfield School, was running for Somerset Schools over 400m in the Senior Girls age group. In her heat Robyn was third in a PB of 56.65 to make Saturday’s semi-final.
Cameron’s 800m final was before lunch on Saturday and, in a tactical race that involved some elbows, Cam did very well to finish fifth in 1.57.23, a great time considering the nature of the race. Joe Eggleton was sixth in his 200m semi-final in 22.94. In the high jump final Lily Holt cleared 1.66m to be sixth and was very close on her third attempt at 1.69m. Robyn ran hard from the off in her 400m semi-final, and despite another good time, 56.97, was sixth and didn’t qualify for the final.
All the athletes performed very well and are hoping to return to Birmingham next year, the final event at the Alexander Stadium before it is demolished to make way for the new stadium to house the 2022 Commonwealth Games.