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Cookham Running Club juniors grab four medals at Berkshire County Championship

William Dart.

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Four Cookham Running Club juniors grabbed medals at the Berkshire County Age Group Championships in Bracknell on Wednesday last week, while three others represented Berkshire at the English Schools Championships on July 12-13.

In Bracknell William Dart, a first year in the u13s boys age group, missed out on gold by the narrowest of margins in the 600m, clocking 1.42.20.

He was joined on the podium by teammate Tom Ellington who took bronze with a new pb of 1.43.28.

In the u13s girls event, Grace Allan from Cookham came fourth (1.53.98) while sister Carys was seventh (1.54.63).

Jacqueline Heller’s fine season continued with bronze in the u13s girls 1,000m, setting a new pb of 3.17.18 in the process, while fast-improving Asmi Saha was fourth in another pb of 3.20.55. Eva Bartlett finished ninth.

In the u15s boys 3,000m Callum du Preez finished strongly to take silver in his first attempt at the distance. Jemima Ridley crossed the line sixth in the u15s girls’ equivalent in 11.25.29, a time which ranks her in the top 20 for the South East of England in her age group.

Jamie Smith set a new u13s boys club record in the 150m final (21.40). Both he and Dart have been selected to represent Berkshire in an upcoming u13s inter counties match.

Frank McGrath convincingly won his u15s race at the Watford Open Meeting on Wednesday, recording a new pb of 2.13.40 in the process. Adam Gambrill also recorded a new best time of 2.03.68 in the u20s men’s 800m. Charlie Shervell, 13, ran a lifetime best in the 400m (65.54).

At the English Schools Championships Cara Terry ran outstandingly to make the final of the junior girls 1,500m, while Claudia Kerry-Roger was seventh in the junior girls discus. Zoe Allanson, 14, was a little way short of her 1.64m season’s best in the intermediate high jump.

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