Dacorum & Tring youngsters on fire at District Championships

Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners hosted their first-ever D&T Challenge. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell
Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners hosted their first-ever D&T Challenge. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell

More than 40 members of Dacorum & Tring Athletics Club represented their schools at the District Athletics Championships at Jarman Park athletics track, bagging an impressive number of medals and personal bests.

Top of the pile were Chenna Okoh and Laurette Wenborn, who both broke championship records on their way to gold medals.

Chenna, of the Cavendish School, blitzed the Year 9 boys’ 300m in a time of 36.4s, breaking the record by three seconds.

Laurette, meanwhile, leapt to 1.55m in the Year 9 girls’ high jump to win gold for Kings Langley School.

Other standout performances on the day came from: Year 10 Girls - 1st, Zoe Williams, Abbots Hill - 100m (13.3s); 1st, Ellen Henry, JFK - High jump (1.50m); 2nd, Fiona McQuire, Abbots Hill - 80mH (13.0s) 2nd, Lauren Smith, Abbots Hill - 200m; 3rd T Adio - 200m; 4th, Zoe Williams, Abbots Hill - Long Jump (4.52); Year 10 Boys - 1st, Matt Renphrey - 800m; 2nd, George Brooks, JFK - Shot put (10.58); 3rd, Rhys Rowlands - 1,500m (4.42.5); Year 9 Girls - 1st, Laurette Wenborn, Kings Langley - 75mH (12.2); 1st, Isabelle Amos, Hemel Hempstead- 800m; 4th, Grace Birdseye, Hemel Hempstead - 1,500m (5.33); 5th, Summer Clarke - 100m (14.5); Year 9 Boys - 1st, Ben Collins, Kings Langley - 100m; 1st, Vincent Murray, JFK - 1,500m (4.39); 1st, Jackson Cowans, Cavendish - 80mH (12.9); 2nd, Jackson Cowans, Cavendish - Triple Jump (12.14); Year 8 Girls, 4th, Isabelle Aylwin - 1,500m (5.47); Year 7 Girls, 1st, Clodagh Murray, JFK- 70mH (12.9); 1st, Freya Keohayne, Berkhamsted - 800m (2.39.7); 2nd, Libby Mallard, Kings Langley - 200m; 2nd: Sasha Pond, Ashlyns - 800m (2.40.8); 2nd, Clodagh Murray, JFK - high jump; 4th, Charlotte Bailey, Ashlyns - shot put; 6th, Amy Perry, Ashlyns - long jump; 9th, Maddie Perry, Ashlyns - 200m; Year 7 boys - 1st, Thomas Fisher, Ashlyns - 70mH (12.5); 1st, Kristian Imroth, JFK - 1,500m (5.02.0); 2nd, James Glyn, Longdean - 1,500m (5.22) .

Elsewhere, the Dacorum & Tring AC Road Runners hosted their first-ever D&T Challenge – a timed trail run with a twist.

Around 20 runners took to the trails of Wendover Woods but, unlike traditional timed races, the winner was the runner who came closest to finishing in his or her predicted time.

Watches were nor permitted during the run, and the victor was Alison Clooney, who was a mere 18 seconds off her predicted time.

She was followed by 12-year old James Glyn (25 seconds) with Dave Stears (35 seconds) in third.

The wooden spoon went to Gary Sturdy, who ran a full 6 minutes and 14 seconds faster than he had predicted.

Hats off to the girls in the race, who were more accurate than the boys in predicting their times, by an average of nine seconds.