Fayers strikes silver at English Schools Championships

Holly Fisher, who was fifth in the intermediate girls' 1,500m steeplechase at the English Schools Tr

Holly Fisher, who was fifth in the intermediate girls' 1,500m steeplechase at the English Schools Track & Field Championships in Birmingham last weekend. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

Jack Fayers was the star of the day with a superb silver medal as Suffolk’s juniors particularly impressed at the annual English Schools Track & Field Championships, held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham last weekend.

Fayers, a pupil at Westbourne Academy, finished second in the junior boys’ long jump competition.

A member of Ipswich Harriers, where he is coached by Graham Holmes, the impressive Fayers leapt to a personal best 6.39 metres to finish a runner-up to Greater Manchester’s Jerel Livingston, who won with a jump of 6.76m. Damope Akinyemi (Essex) was third with 6.29m.

Fayers’ previous best had been recorded on his way to victory at the previous month’s Anglian Schools Championships, where he posted 6.29m.

Overall, Suffolk’s promising junior section (under-15s) scored nearly twice the number of points accumulated by the intermediate (under-17s) and senior (under-19s) age groups combined.

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This could help Suffolk to avoid relegation to Group D, where they would only be permitted to take 22 rather than the current 32 athletes to the national championships.

Suffolk’s junior girls finished second in their section, and the junior boys third in their class. Overall, Suffolk were 10th in Group C, and 35th out of the 46 counties competing.

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Fayers was the only medal winner, but there were many other impressive displays from Suffolk athletes.

Oliver Graham narrowly missed out on a medal in the senior boys’ hammer.

Graham, of Suffolk One, who competes for both Shaftsbury Barnet and Ipswich Harriers, threw 58.04 metres, a little below his PB of 58.44m registered at the South of England Under-20 Championships in Bedford a month ago.

Holly Fisher, of Kesgrave, took a fine fifth spot in the intermediate girls’ 1,500m steeplechase. Fisher clocked 5mins 11.57secs, which was a big personal best, eclipsing her winning time of 5:19.1 from the Anglian Schools Championships in Norwich.

Suffolk also had three sixth positions, led by Toby Jermyn’s effort in the junior boys’ javelin. Jermyn, of Ipswich School, managed a best of 47.35m, which was a PB.

Emily Cann, a pupil at King Edward VI School in Bury St Edmunds, was also sixth thanks to her time of 12.49secs in the final of the junior girls’ 100 metres.

Cann, a member of West Suffolk AC, had clocked 12.52 in her heat, where she finished second. She has a PB of 12.41 from the recent Eastern Counties Championships, held at Peterborough.

Suffolk’s 4x100m quartet also finished in sixth slot, with a time of 50.06secs.

Michael van Haren, a student at Sir John Leman, threw the junior boys’ shot out to 12.40m for seventh place.

Likewise, East Bergholt’s Millie King surged to seventh spot, thanks to her time of 25.65secs in the final of the junior girls’ 200m. She ran a PB of 25.48 in the heats.

The other top eight slot saw Juane Duporte-Clarke finish eighth in the senior girls’ triple jump, thanks to a best of 11.27m.

Many other competitors donned the Suffolk Schools vests over the weekend.

In the junior boys’ age group, Matt Jones threw 45.35m in the javelin, Lewis Sullivan, of Sybil Andrews Academy, clocked 4:30.22 in his heat of the 1,500m, and William Lamprell cleared a height of 1.59m in the high jump.

In the intermediate boys’ category, Woodbridge School’s Nathan Goddard ran 4:05.84 in his heat of the 1,500m, while Farlingaye’s Teddy N’Tuli stopped the clock at 13.88secs over the sprint hurdles. In the field events, Thomas Mitson threw 50.59m in the javelin, and Kesgrave’s Archie Cleverley propelled the discus out to 36.33m.

At senior level, Kesgrave’s Cameron Bailey ran 11.36secs in his heat of the 100m and Luigi Palmieri, also from Kesgrave, registered 50.81secs over 400m. Kieron Sadler achieved 49.57m in the javelin.

Woodbridge School’s April Hill clocked a PB of 4:45.10 in her heat of the junior girls’ 1,500m, qualifying for the final, where she ran 4:52.85 in 12th spot. Also in the junior girls’ category, Chihi Oduah-Ogiemwonyi threw 27.78m in the discus.

Lonarrra Youngs ran 12.49 in the intermediate girls’ 100m, while Beatrice Green ran 42.04 over 300m. Eleanor Pilkington threw 10.91m in the shot, and Megan Hughes recorded 35.11m in the javelin.

In the senior section, Caitlin O’Reilly (12.66 in the 100m), Gemma Ramsey (37.18m in the javelin) and Bella Keeley (67.84 in the 400m hurdles) were also in action.

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