The Blue Stars youngsters travelled to the impressive indoor facility at Lee Valley, Enfield, for this year’s Tom Pink Relay event. The track events are all run as relays with the field events based on Sportshall type events.
In the Under 13 Girls continuous relay run over 1500m, where each of the five teams members have to run 3 legs of 100m, the Blue Star team of Ella Hannyngton, Rania Hyde, Abigail McPherson, Collette Tierney and Jessica O’Flaherty had a close tussle with the team from Herts Phoenix and were just edged into the silver medal position running 2m43.9s to the winners 2m43.0s.
In the Under 11 Girls continuous relay, where each athlete runs 4 legs of 50 metres, the team of Ruby Walker, Cleo Tomlinson, Ruby Jerges, Jasmine Belshaw and Ella Dronfield all ran well to gain yet another silver medal for the Club in 2m47.1s, and the first four made up the team who won bronze medals in the Under and Over relay, running 1m17.9s for the 4 by 50m race.
The Field events also produced a glut of medals, with a win for Leo Walker in the Under 13 Boys Shot throwing an impressive 7.542m, with team mate Seb Ellis taking the bronze medal with 6.01m. Leo also took a silver medal in the weight for height competition. Also in this age group the weight for distance event saw Dylan Denhart a convincing winner throwing 13.50m, a metre clear of his nearest rival. The Under 13 Girls Standing Long Jump saw Ella Hannyngton jump 2.16m to take gold with Rania Hyde jumping 2.03m to win the bronze. In the Standing Triple Jump Jessica O’Flaherty leapt 6.15m to take silver.
In the Under 11 field events Grace Sherring and Ella Dronfield took first and second places respectively in the soft javelin event, with both throwing 13m, but Grace prevailing with her second best throw. Ella then teamed up with Cleo Tomlinson in the Standing Triple Jump, with Cleo jumping 6.10m for second place and Ella 5.50m to take third. In the Boys equivalent Hari Brogan leapt 5.35m to take the silver medal and then leapt 1.92m in the Standing Long Jump to take the bronze medal. Another third place was gained by Anna Jamieson in the highland steps event where she scored 66 jumps.
The team thoroughly enjoyed their experience of competing in such a wonderful venue and now look forward to the local Sussex Sportshall league events.