City of Plymouth’s Bee impresses at international event in Ireland

beeVICTORIA WEIR was not the only City of Plymouth AC athlete to impress at international level at the weekend.

Weir finished 10th in the under-20 race at the European Cross Country Championships in Chia, helping Great Britain to team gold.

However, while Weir was in Italy competing, her club colleague Emily Bee (pictured) was in Ireland representing the English Schools’ team at the SIAB Combined Events Championships in Athlone.

Plymouth High School pupil Bee set three new personal bests on her way to finishing fourth in a top class field at under-16 level.

Her performance and those of her international team-mates Kiera Bainsfair, Jessica Hopkins and Iris Oliarnyk helped the English Schools’ under-16 girls’ squad to a comprehensive team victory, with Ireland taking second, Scotland third and Wales fourth.

Bee finished with an impressive total of 3,429 for the indoor event.

She made a good start with a 5.11 metre effort in the long jump, which put her second after the first event. Bee then set the first of her three personal bests in the 60m hurdles, clocking 8.96 seconds.

The Plymouth athlete then set a new high jump PB of 1.60m before throwing 9.38m in the shot.

Bee went into the final event, the 800m, needing to make up 100 points for a medal. However, she came agonisingly close to achieving that. She ran a new PB of 2:29.77 to just miss third place by 17 points.

Although narrowly missing an individual medal, her performance in Ireland will give her great hope going into 2017.

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