Cookham Running Club's impressive haul of medals at county champs

Frank McGrath

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Cookham Running Club juniors collected an impressive haul of medals from this weekend’s county championship events.

At the Thames Valley Athletics Centre, Jacqueline Heller continued her fine season with a strong performance in the u15s girls 1500m, tracking WSEH’s Abigail Farley for much of the race before producing a strong kick to take the gold medal in a time of 4mins51secs.

There were similar tactics from Sam Nicholson, a first year in the u13s age group, who powered away from the field in the final straight to win the boys’ u13s race in a time of 1.42, ahead of WSEH’s James Farley.

Frank McGrath, who recently finished third in the Northern Ireland championships, was pipped into second place in a tactical u17s men’s 1500m, while Jemima Ridley, a 3000m specialist, ran powerfully for bronze in the u17s women’s 1500m in 4.50.

William Dart and Edwin Isted both placed fourth in their respective events, with Dart running 2.22 in the u15s boys 800m and Isted clocking a time of 54secs in the u17s men’s 400m.

In the Buckinghamshire Championships in Milton Keynes, William Hapgood took silver in the u13s boys 800m. Hapgood, a first year in the age group, also sliced two seconds off the club record with his time of 2.22, a five second personal best.

Jemima Ridley and Jacqueline Heller now head to the English National Championships at the weekend, with Frank McGrath to compete at the All-Ireland championships to be held in Tullamore.

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