More success for Suffolk athletes Harry Hughes and Michael Bartram

Michael Bartram, left, and Harry Hughes

Michael Bartram, left, and Harry Hughes - Credit: Archant

The West Suffolk AC duo of Harry Hughes and Michael Bartram travelled to Dublin last weekend, as part of the England team for the Schools International in Dublin.

They had earned selection by dint of their fantastic performances at the English Schools Championships in Birmingham, where both struck gold.

Hughes had won the intermediate boys’ javelin contest, with a personal best throw of 68.75 metres, while club-mate Bartrum had won the intermediate boys’ 1,500m steeplechase.

Over in Dublin, the pair were up against teams from hosts Ireland, Wales and Scotland.

Stowmarket-based Hughes, ranked the No. 1 in the UK, was dominant in the javelin, winning by almost 12 metres on his way to another superb personal best.


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Hughes launched the javelin out to a PB of 69.30m, and is now very close to achieving his last remaining major ambition of 2013 – throwing 70 metres.

Bartram, meanwhile, had to work a little harder but still came out on top in the 1,500m steeplechase.

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His winning time of 4mins 24secs was slightly slower than when winning the English Schools title (4:20.29).

Elsewhere, Sophie Tooley was another West Suffolk AC athlete to taste success with a win in the prestigious Frank Horwill Mile race, for under-15/under-17 girls, at Oxford’s world-famous Iffley Road track.

Under-15 athlete Tooley held off the challenge of the older girls to post a personal best of 4:58.66, which places her seventh in the UK under-15 all-time list for the distance.

Over in London, at the National Lottery Anniversary Run, a field of 10,000 runners tackled the five-mile course, finishing in the Olympic Stadium.

Cameron McKie, aged 16, surprised himself with a superb run, finishing 19th overall in 27mins 49secs.

Ben Eames, 15, was not far behind in 27th spot, clocking 28.10 with older brother Tom Eames 82nd in 29.40.

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