UK U/20 & U/23 Championships – Bedford – 15/16th June 2013

Well done to our much travelled Edinburgh AC athletes who competed in UK U20 & U23 championships at Bedford over the weekend. There were some great individual performances, with season’s bests, personal bests and eight podium positions achieved.

Pride of place goes to Emily Stewart who struck gold in the U/23 3000m steeple chase with a Championship best performance of 10:03.39. This puts Emily 3rd in the all-time UK rankings behind fellow scots Eilish McColgan and Lennie Waite. Elsewhere on the track there were silver medal efforts by Emily Dudgeon in the U/23 800m in a time of 2:03.13 and Jake Wightman in U/20 1500m with a time of 3:55.01. In the sprints Kathryn Christie showed well finishing 4th in the U/20 final of 200m in a season’s best time of 24.39. In the men’s U/20 200m final Tom Holligan ran a creditable 21.71 to finish in 6th place, which is just outside his PB on 21.60 achieved earlier in the month in Geneva.

Out in the field our jumpers continue to make their mark. In the U/23 High Jump Emma Nuttall cleared 1.79m to pick up a silver medal, while Emma Lowry jumped 1.70 to take the bronze. We were well represented in the horizontal jumps with three of our athletes picking up medals. In the men’s U/23 long jump Allan Hamilton’s 3rd round leap of 7.13m secured him a bronze medal. U/23 long jumper Sarah Warnock also picked up a bronze medal with a 3rd round jump of 6:02m. U/23 Triple jumper Emma Pringle completed the trio of bronze medals with a ‘hop, skip and jump’ distance of 12.47m in the 3rd round.  EAC jumper Faye Nicholson finished 6th in the long jump with a jump of 5.64m. Over in the pole vault young Hannah Lawler cleared 3.10m to finish 4th in the competition.

A couple of our club throwers also achieved medal winning performances. In the U/20 hammer Kimberley Reed continues to improve her form with five throws over 50m. Her 5th round throw of 52.66m secured her a bronze medal and maintains her 3rd place in the UK age group rankings. U/23 multi-thrower Hannah Evenden had a mixed couple of days picking up a silver medal in the shot putt with a throw of 13.63m. She just missed out in the discus finishing 4th with a throw of 43.15m. In the hammer she throw 52.48m to finish in 8th place. U/17 athlete Ben Robbins ran a creditable 49.79 to finish 4th in heat three of the U/20 men’s 400m.

All in all a good showing from some of our top young athletes more than holding their own in bigger UK wide arena.

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