26 Feb Hurdling Towards a Medal!
In February Matthew G., a Year 11 student, competed in the National Indoor age group Championships, having already won a bronze medal at the Midland Championships under 17 60 metre hurdles.
A decision was made for the Midland Championships to drastically change his start from 7 strides to 8 strides to hurdle one, and he went to the Midland games hopeful of improving his national ranking. He achieved this by coming 2nd, and with a new personal best of 8.18secs, ranking him 4th going to the National Championships with an outside hope for a medal.
At the National Championships Matthew negotiated the heat and semi final running well. In the final, he got a fantastic start propelling him into the top 2, which he held all the way finishing 2nd to the number one ranked athlete and a new personal best of 8.13 seconds. This places him 3rd in the UK rankings after beating the second ranked athlete who came third in the final.
Matthew is now a favourite for a medal at the English Schools Track and Field Championships in the summer and has a strong prospect for an England call up in the near future.
Mr N Brennan