The English Schools Track & Field Championships are the highlight of the season for all young athletes, with selection for the County teams an achievement in itself, as stringent entry qualification performances are required. This year’s Championships were held this year at Alexandra Stadium, Birmingham and the Blue Stars had seven athletes selected across the age groups, Cleo Tomlinson (Junior Girls Long Jump), Seb Wallace (junior Boys 80m Hurdles), Dan Dearden (Junior Boys Pole Vault), Matt O’Dwyer (Junior Boys Shot Put), Peanut Meekings (Intermediate Girls Javelin), Leo Walker (Intermediate Boys Discus) and Harry Baker (Senior Boys High Jump). Cleo Tomlinson jumped 5.22m to qualify for the final of the Junior Girls Long Jump and then on the following day’s final Tomlinson had a fifth round jump of 5.70m, which was a huge personal best and took her into the lead and although her closest rival leapt 5.69m in the final round, Tomlinson held on to take a tremendous victory and with it the title of English Schools Champion, the first Blue Star to win a schools title since 1997. This also set a new County record for an Under 15 Girls.
Elsewhere Seb Wallace ran well to reach the final of the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles, where having run a personal best 11.37s in his heat, he ran 11.44s to finish in an excellent fifth place in the final. Dan Dearden cleared 3.20m to take 6th place in the Junior Boys Pole Vault and Peanut Meekings threw 38.35m for 8th place in the Intermediate Girls Javelin.