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Athletics Report                     37

ESAA Championships

  After enduring the 8 hour         the first two from the heat       In a weekend of good runs,
  coach journey, and a good         managed to qualify.               the undoubted highlight was
  night’s rest, the training group  In the final heat, Henry was      Yasmin Austridge. Going
  saw Henry, Yas, Angus,            left in a difficult situation     in the Inter Girls 1500m
  Coleman and myself compete        when a rival ran hard from        SC, there was considerable
  at the English Schools            the start, running a PB in the    pressure on her, being ranked
  Championships – with Angus        process. Effectively leading      2nd in the UK at her event.
  and Coleman competing for         the field the whole way,          Teammate, and fastest in the
  Surrey, and the remainder         Henry gave chase in the final     field, Holly Page ran strongly
  with Kent.                        300m and began closing the        and worked up a sizeable gap
                                    gap. However, as he had done      on the rest of the group – for
On the first day, Angus,            the majority of the work,         the majority of the race. At
Coleman and Henry all               runners from further back         300m to go, it seemed Yas was
competed in the Junior Boys         overtook – unluckily running      in a battle for 2nd. However,
800m. Angus went off in the         him out of qualification.         Yasmin had run one of the
first heat – and also arguably      Strong runs from all three        most tactically astute races
the hardest, containing the         of the boys, in their first       of the day. She gave chase
eventual champion and silver        English Schools track and         fiercely, and a technically
medallist. They hit the bell        field showed that there is a lot  amazing last water jump saw
in an astonishing 59 seconds        of future potential amongst       her storm through, drawing
with the field spread. Angus        them in championship events.      Holly in, and taking the
attacked the last 200m hard         After refuelling at the           lead with 100m left to run.
but unfortunately just missed       hotel, it was down to the         Safely over the last barrier,
a qualifying spot.                  Steeplechasers on day two,        Yas kicked again to win in
Coleman going in the second         myself and Yas. Personally,       a massive PB of 4:54.82.
heat, ran bravely taking the        in a stacked field, containing    English Schools champion
first lap out in the lead. The      a 6 second gap between 1st        is an incredible feat, not to
race was a typical box 800m,        rank in the race, and 8th         mention she managed to do
and as a result meant it was        – I managed an incredible         this a year young – making it
slowed down. This made it all       bronze in the 1495m Inter         all the more special. Yasmin
the harder to qualify, being        Boys 1500SC. Unfortunately        rightfully earned a call up to
first 2 per heat and 2 fastest      for me, the race was actually     represent England next week
losers. Coleman held the            1500m, and I ended up 5th.        in Scotland, in the SIAB
lead until 250m to go but the                                         international.
field came through, and only                                          Well done to all in the group
                                                                      who competed!

                                                                                              Joss Barber
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