ATHLETICS: Grantham’s Amy and Tom become national champions

Amy Hunt receives the Group C winner's trophy from ESAA chairman Sue Garvey.
Amy Hunt receives the Group C winner's trophy from ESAA chairman Sue Garvey.

Lincolnshire enjoyed one of ITS most successful English Schools Athletics Championships for a number of years at Gateshead International Stadium over the weekend.

Sixteen of the 23 athletes in the county team finished in the top eight positions and all but four put in personal best performances. The team gained three first places and five thirds.

The four athletes from Grantham schools all achieved personal best performances, with Amy Hunt and Tom Evans becoming national champions.

The youngest team member was Amy Hunt (KGGS) who won the Junior Girls’ 100m in 12.11sec, which puts her at the top of the UK rankings. A week previously she had competed in the 200m in the English Schools’ Cup Final where she broke the record that had stood for 22 years with a time of 25.2s, ranking her third. She still has another year as an under-15 athlete so these performances are a huge achievement.

Tom Evans (King’s) won the Junior Boys’ 300m in fine style with his time of 35.69sec also taking him to the top of the UK rankings. Tom has also produced an outstanding time of 2:02.51 in an 800m event this season..

Lewis Davey (Priory Ruskin) competed in the Junior Boys’ 80m hurdles and ran a personal best time of 12.1sec. Two weeks ago, Lewis qualified for the final of the ESAA Combined Events in September by achieving personal best performances in all of his events in the Pentathlon.

Competing in her third ESAA Championships, Zoe Lucas (Walton Girls) ran a personal best time of 14.63sec in the Senior Girls’ 100m hurdles to gain fourth place and add valuable points to the team’s score.

Lincs are one of 10 counties in Group C which consists of counties with a proportionately low school population. Their total of 111 points gained them the aggregate trophy for this group which is the first time that Lincolnshire have won this award in the 85 years of these championships. Nationally, Lincs finished 15th out of 44 counties.