Chris Bell-Hartley claimed the 100m hurdles silver medal at the England Athletics under 17 Championship in Bedford. The English Schools bronze medallist opened his competition by winning his heat in a new Cheltenham Harriers club record of 13.08 seconds, taking 0.36 seconds off his previous personal best and moving him up to second in the national ranking lists. Bell-Hartley then followed this up with a 13.15 clocking to finish as runner-up in the final. Fellow English Schools bronze medal Melissa Bird also gained further success with a bronze in the under 15 girls discus. The Carolyn Franks coached athlete improved her own pb and club record to 35.02m for a fine third place as well as finishing tenth in the shot with 10.08m.
In the under 17 events Mollie Courtney placed thirteenth in Saturday’s high jump with a 1.60m clearance before injury forced her out of Sunday’s 80m hurdles after she had placed second in her heat in 11.89 seconds. Linton Gardiner placed tenth in his high jump contest with a 1.76m clearance and Sophie Yorke finished third in her 100m heat with a 12.60 clocking. In the under 17 disability events it was no surprise to see senior men’s F34 world champion and world recorder holder Scott Jones win three gold medals with 12.33m in his speciality shot putt, 33.28m in the discus and with a pb of 22.96m in the javelin.