Ryston's Ed Borrmann in pole vault action in Birmingham

ATHLETICS: Four West Norfolk-based athletes were in action at the 84th English Schools Championships.

The prestigious track and field event was held at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham and saw Megan Rushmore (West Norfolk AC), Elliott Holland (City of Norwich AC), Edward Borrmann and Hannah Brown (Ryston Runners AC) in action.

Rushmore finished sixth in the senior girls hammer with a throw of 42m87.Holland reached the final of the intermediate boys 400m where a time of 49.67 yielded sixth place.

Borrmann equalled his personal best in the pole vault with 4m20 to finish eighth.Brown was making her debut and was close to a personal best with 41.86 in the intermediate girls 300m.

* Ryston’s James O’Neill dipped under the two-minute barrier for the first time in several years but he was pipped for first place in the 800m by just 0.1 seconds in the Southern Athletics League at Luton.

In the women’s 1,500m Annie Rooks and Heather Beattie stuck together just behind a Harrow athlete, running a well-paced race, which led Beattie to a personal best by more than eight seconds (5.09.6) with Rooks only a second behind.

Other PBs came from Tom Barnes-Hooker, 11.42m triple jump and Mel Reed, who was just pipped to third place by 0.2 of a second in the 800m (2:30.2), later recording an impressive 27.7 for her first 200m race.

In throwing events there was second places for Dan Yellop, 10.26m in the shot putt, and Rob Simmonds, 32.69m in the discus. Simmonds also took first place by almost 4m in the javelin, throwing 51.02m, while simultaneously winning the pole vault (3m 40). Throwing for the women, Sue Marsters-Bright achieved a PB in the javelin (22.88m).

* Peter and Cath Duhig were among 800-plus competitors lining up for the inaugural 8K Pinatar Full Moon Race in San Pedro del Pinatar in Spain. Despite nursing a calf injury, Peter had a good run for second place in 40.28. Cath walked a pacey and rhythmic 8K for second place in her category.

* On the roads on Sunday, nine Ryston members took part in the Bushy 10K. Jane Ashby took the honours in the W60-99 category, 172nd overall in 53:28.

* Annie Rooks gave good account of herself in the in the Eastern Young Athletes League on Sunday, competing in the 150m, long jump and javelin. Robert McQueen ran a PB in the 100m, while Mackenzie Pilkington just missed out on one in the long jump by 1cm. Both boys also competed in the 200m and relay events.

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