December 13 2013 Latest news:
Friday, September 27, 2013
Beagles battle to a silver
John Beattie was in superb form, while Rory Chesser ran himself into the ground on the final leg as Newham and Essex Beagles battled their way to a superb silver medal at the South of England six-stage Road Relay Championships in Aldershot on Sunday, writes Dave Evans.
Beattie’s fifth leg time of 18 minutes and three seconds was the third fastest of the day to lift the team from fourth to second place overall, before Chesser set course to catch Joe Morwood of host club Aldershot on the last leg.
He didn’t quite manage it, but his time of 19.11 was enough to hold on to second place and earn his side the silver medal behind Aldershot.
Kicking things off was captain Dave Mitchinson who clocked a time of 18.41 to hand over to Gavin Smith in 15th place.
Smith improved things to 11th with his time of 19.09, but it was Michael Dowling on leg three who suddenly catapulted the Beagles into the picture as he clocked 18.54 and brought Newham up to fifth place.
Frank Baddick improved it again as he put the team fourth with an 18.40 leg, before the splendid efforts of Beattie and Chesser helped them home.
John Pike also competed in Beagles colours, finishing 26th on his leg with a time of 19.03.
■ Meanwhile, Emma Nwofor managed an excellent personal best score of 4328 points as she finished seventh in the England Schools’ Combined Events Championships at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham over the weekend.
Nwofor celebrated her 17th birthday on the second day of competition and she had plenty to cheer about as she made the top 10 out of 41 entrants for the senior girls heptathlon event.
She began with a useful 14.78 seconds in the sprint hurdles which put her into third place, before moving into second with 1.61 metres in the high jump.
An excellent shot put of 9.74m kept her in the runner-up spot, though she did slip a place after her 200m time of 26.94.
She could only manage a leap of 4.53 in the long jump which saw her slip to sixth and after storming back into fourth after a 32.99m javelin throw, she had to settle for seventh when she could only muster 2.54.06 in the gruelling final event – the 800m.
It was still a great effort by the youngster as she finished with a personal best of 4238, behind winner Katie Stainton who amassed a winning total of 5047.