Luke throws the furthest

PUBLISHED: 14:27 15 June 2011

Running Shoes.

Running Shoes.


Luke Gardiner wins the javelin gold at the Avon Schools athletics championships.

AT the Avon Schools athletics championships at Yate, Luke Gardiner, a Clevedon School student, produced a series of throws to win the inter-boys javelin with an impressive 43.15m.

Harry Pike of Nailsea School was a surprise winner of the inter-boys discus with a throw of 28.48m. Cameron Coetzee (Gordano School) ran from the front to win the inter-boys 1500m in just under four minutes.

In the girls’ races, Katie Grinyear (Clevedon School) found herself running against inter-girls in a combined race and went all out to stay with them, finishing first in the junior girls in 2.30, while Year 8 student Cecilia Anderson (Gordano) finished third.

Established athlete Bethan Wakefield (Backwell) took the 100m inter-girls title and then long jumped 5.02m for a double title. School colleague Megan Coe threw 34m for a win in the inter-girls 

Worle School student Sophie Thomas stormed to an impressive 200m win in a new personal best of 26.6 in the junior girls’ event, beating Elize Reid, who also beat her best by half a second.

Dan Jones (Clevedon) won the junior boys long jump with 5.02m, while Matt Miles (also Clevedon) won the inter-boys triple jump

Local student Jake Fisher won the senior boys long jump with close to six metres.

Other local students to finish in the top three were Luke Jacobs (Broadoak) in a strong 3000m, Anicia Skeates from Weston in the high jump with 1.45m, Rosie Parsons (Backwell) in the 300m.

Rebecca Abbott and Fran Allen (Nailsea) battled it out in the 200m for second place, while Sidcot Schools Harry Charalambou ran well in the junior boys 100m for second place in 12.3.

Many of the local students will be selected to represent the county schools team at the South West Schools Championships at Exeter this coming Saturday, where they will be aiming to beat the English schools entry standards necessary in order to be selected for the English Schools Championships at Gateshead in July.

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