Athletics

Double title success for City of Plymouth’s Bee at South West Champs

CITY of Plymouth’s Emily Bee claimed two titles and set two new meet records at the South West Club and Inter-Counties Championships at Exeter on Sunday.

England multi-eventer Bee took victory in both the under-17 80m hurdles and long jump.

In the hurdles she edged out club colleague Sammie Harries by just one-hundredth of a second.

Both athletes were inside the old championship record, despite running into a strong headwind.

Bee won in 11.52 seconds, with English Schools’ medallist Harris clocking 11.53 seconds.

Conditions did mean they were both down on their PBs, with Harris having run 11.17 seconds this season and Bee 11.35.

Bee was dominant in the long jump at Exeter, where she set a new PB of 5.46m to take victory.

That jump was well over the championship record which stood at 5.24m.

Bee and Harris’ will both be in action this weekend when they compete at the English Under-17 Championships at Bedford.

The next big event after that will be the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships in Boston on the weekend of September 14/15.

There was plenty more success for the region’s athletes at the South West Championships at Exeter Arena.

There was a title for Tavistock’s Oliver Smart, who won the under-15 boys’ 1,500m in 4:27.46.

Club colleagues Jade Kinsey, Joely Bytheway, Charlie Shipton and Emma Ryder also claimed gold medals.

Kinsey took the under-20 women’s 400m crown in 60.21 seconds. She was also third in the 200m in 26.70 seconds.

Bytheway triumphed in the under-20 women’s 400m hurdles in 69.05 seconds, while Shipton won the under-20 men’s hammer with a best throw of 38.21m.

Ryder took gold in the under-20 women’s 800m in 2:20.07 before taking silver in the 1,500m in 5:11.88.

Other Tavistock athletes to medal were Joe Wheeler, Ben Rogers, Sam Lake and Natasha Farrington.

Wheeler set a new PB on his way to taking bronze in the under-13 100m. He clocked 13.05 seconds in the heats before running 13.20 into a wind in the final. He also came fourth in the 200m.

Rogers took bronze in the under-17 triple jump with 11.28m, while Farrington claimed silver in the under-17 3,000m in 1:09.78 and Lake also claimed a silver in the senior women’s 5,000m. Lake clocked 18:49.62 to finish behind Cornwall’s Emma Stepto, who set a new British over-45 record of 17:01.41.

There was plenty of success also for Erme Valley Harriers athletes.

Alex Sheridan enjoyed a good meet. He took bronze medals in the under-15 boys’ high jump and shot and came fourth in the long jump. Sheridan leaped 1.58m in the high jump, threw 10.91m in the shot and achieved 4.88m in the long jump.

Club colleague Estelle Hodges claimed bronze in the under-15 girls’ 75m hurdles in a time of 12.06 seconds, while Nathan Brown and Lilly Harper both won silver medals.

Brown was runner-up in the under-20 men’s 800m with a time of 2:00.56, while Harper was second in the under-15 girls’ discus with 18.70m.

In the under-17 girls’ discus, City of Plymouth’s Mia O’Daly took silver with 30.47m.

Another City of Plymouth thrower Clare Taylor won the women’s hammer with 36.07m.

Full results can be found HERE.

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