THERE were medals galore for Thurrock athletes over the two days of the Essex Track & Field Championships. RYAN GOAD looks at the medal-winning performances.
MIDDLE-DISTANCE: THURROCK Harriers’ Gemma Holloway won a gold and silver over the two days of the championships.
First she won gold in the under-20 women’s 800m (2m 12.16s) and then followed that up with silver in the 1,500m, clocking 4m 39.7s despite suffering with an injured calf after being accidentally spiked with two laps to go.
Holloway’s Harrier team-mate Harry Parker also won two medals, both silvers.
His first came in the under-13 boys 800m (2m 27.91s) and he backed that up with second place in the 1,500m (4m 56.14s). Parker’s team-mate Leon Wheeler was third in the 800m (2m 28.19s).
Hayley Instance won a bronze medal in the under-13 girls 1,500m (5m 16.64s) while Alec Finch won the same coloured medal in the under-20 men’s 800m (2m 2.58s).
East Tilbury’s Tom Richardson won the senior men’s 800m (1m 55.83s) ahead of Massi Dendani (1m 56.76s).
THROWS: IT was another good championships for the Head family as they brought home two gold medals.
William Edwards pupil Katie started things off by winning the under-15 girls hammer (45.31m) while her big brother Thomas won the under-20 men’s hammer with a best throw of 63.08m.
Thurrock Harriers’ Jessica Smith was third in the under-13 girls hammer (8.73m) and won a silver in the shot (7.37m).
There was a hat-trick of silver medals for William Edwards School pupil James Pearson in the shot (12.45m), discus (35.92m) and 100m hurdles (15.19s).
Tilbury’s Sam Harrison was second in the senior men’s javelin (44.07m) and Alice Martin won silver in the under-17 women’s javelin (27.73m).
Madeleine Cannell (Thurrock Harriers) won bronze in the under-17 women’s discus with 24.52m.
JUMPS & VAULTS: The under-15 boys pole vault was won by Thurrock Harriers’ Aaron Wong (2.60m) while team-mate Beth James won a silver in the under-17 women’s triple jump (9.85m).
Thurrock Harriers had success in the high jump with Lucy Howes winning gold in the senior women’s competition (1.50m) and Chay Clark the silver in the under-20 women’s event (1.60m)
SPRINTS & HURDLES: FEMI Seki blasted his way to a stunning championship best performance in the under-15 boys 300m, clocking 37.2s. He then doubled up by winning the 200m a week later in 23.19s.
Aveley’s Modupe Shokunbi powered her way to 100m gold in the under-15 girls dash (12.21s).
Tilbury’s Robbie Clarricoats (14.95s) was a comfortable winner in the under-20 men’s 110m hurdles while Thurrock Harriers’ Michael Shortall won silver (17.14s) in the senior men’s event over the same distance. Chay Clark won the under-20 women’s 400m hurdles in 66.79s while super veteran Lynn Talbert won the veteran’s women 300m (49.80s) and 100m (16.13s).