Despite gale force winds and driving rain, athletes from Thanet Athletics Club produced a range of outstanding results at the Kent Schools Championships.

The year 7 boys section saw Finn Williams gain a season best in the 800m, while the year 7 girls saw Poppy Rowland-Hill compete in the shot taking the bronze medal before securing an amazing gold in the high jump. Eve Seery also competed in the shot before jumping a personal best of 4.36m in the long jump to win the gold medal.

The junior boys section saw Harvey Humpheryes compete in the 100m and then managed to make it to the final of the 200m. Josh Perry made it through to the final of the 100m where he finished a respectable 4th, just missing out on the medals. Not perturbed, he made it through to the final of the 200m where he secured a superb bronze medal, just missing out on silver by 0.01s!!!!

The junior girls section saw Libby Pritchard and Mille Vas competed in the 100m, and then Mille went onto secure a pb in the shot with 8.90m. Grace Jakeman made it through to the finals in both the 100m and 200m where she ran exceptional races, and Sophie Baker also managed a pb in the 200m of 32.93s. Keeva Fredericks competed in the discus with a pb of 14.47m and again threw a pb in the hammer of 20.03m. Mabel Naisbitt also managed a pb in the javelin of 21.24m. Keira Hulks ran an astonishing race in the 300m and secured herself a well-deserved silver medal.

Sophie Richardson was the only girl competing in the intermediate girl’s section and managed to secure an amazing bronze medal in the discus with a pb throw of 22.98m.

The intermediate boys section saw Joe Lowes compete in the 100m and 200m, while Aston Fredericks secured a place in the 100m final, where he ran a good race. Dermot O’Brien ran a season best in the 100m, before going on to compete in a grueling 1500m, doing his best despite horrendous conditions. Sam Pateman competed in the discus and the shot, throwing exceptionally well. George Seery jumped an astonishing 1.75m in the high jump, reaching the county selection height. George also ran 58.23s in the 400m hurdles, making the standard for England selection and securing a well-deserved gold medal.

Thanet Athletics club also sent a collection of official’s, coaches and helpers from the club who all gave up their time freely to assist in the smooth running of the event and were rightfully praised for their hard work and professionalism. They all agreed, that despite the horrendous conditions, the athletes performed exceptionally well, and everyone is extremely proud of them all.