Fenland youngsters help club reach finals

PETERBOROUGH Athletics Club have reached the Eastern Young Athletes League final thanks to more superb performances from Fenland youngsters. The intense heat made conditions difficult for the athletes in the latest league meeting in Cambridge at the weeke

PETERBOROUGH Athletics Club have reached the Eastern Young Athletes League final thanks to more superb performances from Fenland youngsters.

The intense heat made conditions difficult for the athletes in the latest league meeting in Cambridge at the weekend.

But Peterborough's team of promising youngsters continued their run of excellent results to win.

The Whittlesey contingent of athletes produced many fine performances.

Middle distance training has paid off for Sophie Lambert who recorded a personal best in the under-13 800m and finished second. She also won the B string shot with a throw of 3.89m.

There was another consistent display in the field from Amber Kenny who returned second places in the under-13 shot (5.98m) and discus (11.28m).

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Amber's older sister, Charlotte ran to third place in the under-17 1,500m with a time of 6:30.8 and threw 9.59m to place fourth in the discus.

Laura Arnold won the under-15 800m in a time of 2:33.8 and picked up fourth place in the javelin with 8.31m before retiring from competition with a sore ankle.

Gemma Bays is still suffering from the effects of a fractured foot but she dug in and threw a personal best 5.88m to finish fourth in the under-15 shot.

It was a busy meet for Bethan Saunders. She ran well to take second in the under-17 800m in a time of 2:31.0 and then upped the pace to run 46.9 in the 300m and cross the line in fifth.

Bethan then turned her attentions to the field where she took second in the long jump with a leap of 3.52m.

Peter Godly was back from injury and ran 16.3 to take third in the under-15 hurdles. He then threw a personal best 23.84m in the javelin.

Tom Paddock finished as runner-up in the under-15 discus with 13.2m and sprinted to fifth place in the 200m with a time of 32.2.

Tom's younger brother Billy was also in action in the sprints, running times of 16.8 in the under-13 100m and 37.2 in the 200m.

There were some very encouraging results from the Wisbech athletes.

Seb Aguilar ran 24.6 in the under-17 200m and finished second. He then ran the 400m for the first time and rose to the challenge to finish third in a time of 56.9.

Vinnie Hart produced great performances and showed fighting spirit in the heat, winning the under-15 B string 400m in a time of 65.8 and placing second in the 800m with a run of 2:23.9.

Vinnie then stepped up the distance and crossed the line in 5:59.5 to finish second in the 1,500m.

Team manager Dave Bays said: "The conditions were difficult but all the athletes gave a good account of themselves.

"At some point during the season we have beaten all the teams who will be in the final so I am hopeful that we can bring home a trophy."

The Eastern Young Athletes League final will take place in Havering on September 9.

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