Harry Mahoney smashed his personal best to claim an English Schools qualifying time as Cheltenham Harriers athletes claimed a multitude of gold medals at the Gloucestershire Schools Championship held at the Prince of Wales stadium. Going into the under 17 boys 800m race with a 2:01 pb, Mahoney was looking to take the title and break the two minute barrier for the first time. After a first lap of 58 seconds he hit the front and pulled clear of the field to claim the gold in 1:57.38 to move up to fifteenth in the UK rankings. In the same age group Megan Bishop hit the English Schools target for the first time this season as she set a championship record of 46.2 seconds in the 300m hurdles.
Mollie Courtney took two titles with an 11.69 clocking in the 80m hurdles and 1.62m in the high jump. Like Courtney, Sophie Yorke and Chris Bell-Hartley had already achieved the schools qualifying standard prior to the event and they claimed golds with 12.74 in the 100m and 14.09 in the 100m hurdle respectively. There were further under 17 county titles for Ben Clarke with 11.57 in the 100m and Dmitry Nazarenko with a 9:25.8 pb in the 3000m. In the throws Ryan Ellis won the javelin with a pb of 43.87m and Sydney Sopher took the girl’s discuss with 26.46m.
In the under 19 events Ian Moore set a championship record and personal best to take gold in the long jump. However, his 6.72m jump was frustratingly eight centimetres short of the schools qualifying standard. Moore also won the 110m hurdles in 15.88seconds. There was also a championship record in the same age group for Annabel Sherry who put the shot a season’s best of 12.78m. Sherry who won the English Schools under 17 title last year had already achieved the qualifying standard this season, as had Emily Pascoe who claimed the 100m hurdles title with a 15.56 clocking. The senior age group also brought golds for Katy Townsend with 4.90m in the long jump, Harriet Sawle with 63.35 in the 400m and Mia O’Connell with 2:22.75 in the 800m.
In the under 15 age group Melissa Bird claimed three titles as she set personal bests in the hammer with 31.92m and shot with 10.31m. Bird also won the discus, in which she is ranked fifth in the UK, with 29.33m. Beck Phillips moved up to eleventh in the national rankings as he set a championship record of 37.37m whilst also winning the shot with 11.42m. There were two golds for Georgia Wray who won the long jump with 4.51m and pole vault with 2.10m. Nathaniel Hatherley picked up two titles with a 2.72m clearance in the pole vault and a 12.43 clocking in the 80m hurdles whilst Ellie Wanklyn won the girl’s 75m hurdles in 12.42 seconds.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.