Golden delight for Aaron
Norfolk's run of success in the English Schools Track and Field Championships continued in spectacular style over the weekend. The Alexander Stadium in Birmingham was the scene for four individual victories, including one for Aaron Pitt of Hamond's High School in Swaffham.
Norfolk's run of success in the English Schools Track and Field Championships continued in spectacular style over the weekend.
The Alexander Stadium in Birmingham was the scene for four individual victories, including one for Aaron Pitt of Hamond's High School in Swaffham.
Perhaps the top performance came from Sophie McKinna in the intermediate (U 17) girls' shot. She was already the favourite for the event but her distance thrown was a massive 15.08m, an improvement on the old championship record by more than 60cm.
It was also a new UK age group record - and destroying all opposition. The Lynn Grove HS pupil will compete for England this weekend in the schools international match in Glasgow.
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Next month she will compete for Great Britain in the World Youth games in Singapore.
The other athlete to set a new record was Oliver Bradfield of Gresham's. He was also a strong favourite to win, this time in the junior boys' (U15) javelin. His throw of 61.28m was enough to win by several metres.
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The run of victories continued in the junior boys' 400m, where Aaron Pitt (Hamond's HS) won in a fairly close finish, with a fine time of 50.78 seconds. It surely won't be long before this very talented athlete breaks the 50-second barrier.
The fourth Norfolk victory came in the senior boys' long jump where James McLachlan (Wymondham HS) led from round one and finished with an outstanding distance of 7.39m. He will continue his studies in America next year.