There were gold medals and national tiles for Annabel Sherry and Chris Bell-Hartley as Cheltenham Harriers athletes excelled at the English Schools Championships in Gateshead. Sherry, the 2010 junior girls shot champion, added the under 17 title to her collection with a put of 12.93m to finish ahead of fellow Carolyn Franks coached Harrier Millie Wood. Wood’s performance was arguably more impressive as she added 68cm to her personal best to take the silver medal with 11.16m, her first national medal. Bell-Hartley qualified for the under 15 boys 80m hurdles by winning his heat with a new pb and Harriers club record of 11.26 seconds, the second fastest time of the qualifying rounds. The Dave Warner coached athlete then reproduced his form in the final with an 11.27 clocking to claim the gold by one hundredth of a second.
Just missing out on a medal was Imran Quereshi who set a new personal best and Harriers record of 6.22m in the under 15 long jump. Frustratingly for Quereshi he was just 3cm short of the silver medal and 2cm short of claiming bronze. There was also a fourth place for Sophie Yorke in the under 15 girls 100m as she ran 12.45 seconds after setting a new pb of 12.34 in her heat. Megan Bishop showed excellent form in the under 17 girls 300m hurdles to finish sixth as she lowered her own club record to 45.09 seconds. There were also sixth places for Luke Carroll with 3:51.98 in the under 20 1500m and for Melissa Bird with 29.79m in the under 15 discus. In the under 20 age group there were seventh placed finishes for both Liam Downer with 52.49m in the javelin and Rob Wallace with 52.80m in the hammer. Multi-eventer Linton Gardiner finished seventh in the under 17 pole vault with a 3.65m clearance whilst in the same age group Mollie Courtney finished seventh in the 80m hurdles final after a setting a legal personal best of 11.87 seconds in her semi-final.
In the throws Danielle Bird finished ninth with 39.89m in the under 20 hammer, Charlie Vanhoa finished eleventh with 41.26m in the under 15 javelin and Scott Jones finished fifteenth in the under 15 discus with 28.79m. Ben Clarke and Emily Pascoe just missed out on adding to the eleven Harriers with top eight finishes as they both missed out on places in their track finals by just one spot. Clarke clocked 23.55 seconds in his under 15 200m semi-final whilst Pascoe ran 15.07 in the under 20 100m hurdles.