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County Championships

Mike Neighbour

Athletes from Aldershot Farnham & District took titles at the county track & field championships. At Portsmouth, Ella Manning won the Hampshire under-17s’ 80 metres hurdles final by half a second. Last year’s South of England u15 sprint hurdles winner had also taken the county’s multi-events title on Bank Holiday Monday.

In the senior javelin events, David Brice completed a hat trick of successive victories and Emma Broadey kept her crown. Back on the track, Dan Howells became the u20 men’s 800 metres champion a year after winning the u17s’ event. Other gold medallists over the weekend were Elliot Pocock (u20 men’s 3000), Chris Horlock (u20 men’s high jump), Woody Jerome (u17 men’s 3000), Dan Shattock (u15 boys 3000), Troy Over (u13 boys 100) and Ruby Horton (u17 women’s 3000).

For the first time the walks took place alongside the multi-events the previous Monday. The increased entry did little to dilute AFD’s traditional success in this department. When Abigail Jennings won the u20 women’s gold medal, it was her third consecutive victory because she had been u17s champion for the previous two years. Nicholas Hart (u17 men) and Charlotte Wallis (u15 girls) both retained titles. Other triumphant walkers were Lois Carty (u17 women) and Lola-Mae Billingham (u13 girls). Ben Bradley (senior men) and Max Heyden (u20 men), both in the 1500 metres, were gold medallists from the club in the Surrey championships at Kingston, as was George Asprey in the u17 men’s 100 metres hurdles.