England u15 & u17 Champs, 18-19/8/12

Cheltenham Harriers athletes claimed two golds, two silvers and one bronze medal in the English under 17 and under 15 Championships in Bedford. Chris Bell-Hartley claimed his second national title as he won the under 15 80m hurdles in a time of 11.28 seconds, just two hundredths of a second outside his personal best, to add the gold medal to the English Schools title that he won earlier in the season. In the disability events, F37 athlete Scott Jones struck gold with 13.51m in the shot and also claimed a silver medal with a throw of 38.06m in the discus.

Annabel Sherry looked to be heading for gold as she led the under 17 shot after five rounds with a put of 12.95m. However, rival Adele Nicholl surpassed this with a distance of 13.52m in the sixth and final round to consign Sherry to the silver medal. Imran Qureshi was another athlete who held the lead at the half way point of his event, as his 5.97m long jump led the under 15 competition. Whilst he improved on this mark with 6.04m in the fourth round Qureshi finished the competition in the bronze medal position. In the under 15 throws Melissa Bird placed eighth in the shot with 9.64m and tenth in the discus with 28.29m. Charlie Vanhoa finished tenth in the under 15 boy’s javelin whilst Rhys Lloyd ran a time of 2:00.72 in the heats of the under 17 800m. Full Results