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New Balance ESAA English Schools' Championships

This past weekend, from 12th-14th July, I have been taking part in my final competition as an under 20 age group athlete! It was a big success!

On Thursday 12th July, I travelled down to Birmingham, alongside my Leicestershire and Rutland teammates in order to compete in my biggest competition of the year.

My event, the 110m hurdles, didn't kick off till Saturday morning, so I spent Friday in the stands cheering on my teammates as they took to the track and field I various different events.

On Saturday 14th July, I had an early start, leaving the hotel with one of the team managers at 7am in order to arrive at the Alexander Stadium track for 7:30, giving me time for a 2 hour warm up before my call up at 9:40. At 10am, I took to the track for the first time and despite a slow start, managed to claw my way back into the race to place 3rd in my heat and secure my spot in the final, my first ever national final!

The next event I took part in was the heats of the 4x100m, where I ran 3rd leg, helping the team to earn a place in the final.

After that, it was time to once again warm up for my hurdles race. At 4pm, I took to the track for the last time and despite having yet another bad start, I ran a personal best time, finishing 6th in the race!

Not long after my final it was the final of the 4x100m, where I was in the stands to cheer on my teammates who performed excellently to finish 3rd! And due to the fact that I raced in the heats, I was able to go up with the team to receive a bronze medal alongside them and thus earning my first national medal!

I would like to say a huge thank you to the JHMT team for their support across the past couple of seasons, I could not have achieved the success I have without them!

1 day ago

Update

Throughout June I had several athletics competition whilst undergoing my A level examinations, hence the delay in posting a blog entry.

On the 9th June, it was the Leicestershire and Rutland County Schools Championship which I needed to participate in in order to gain selection for the county at the English Schools' Championship (a prestigious national competition). I won the senior boys 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles and thus gained selection to compete in the 110m hurdles.

The following weekend, I headed down to Bedford to take part in the England Athletics U20 Championships. Here, I competed in the 110m hurdles, I was slightly disappointed with my performance as I narrowly missed out on the final, however, it was still a strong run and the time I ran wasn't far off of my personal best.

A couple of weeks later, on the 1st July, was my last competition before the biggest event of the season, English Schools! It was a UKYDL fixture, this time in Milton Keynes. I ran in the sprint hurdles once again, where I clocked a solid performance to take the win and secure maximum points for my club. Following this, I ran first leg in the 4x400m, running the fastest split for the team and handing over the baton in first place.

1 day ago

George Larke

George Larke

Creative Arts

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Dr Strange

I'm thrilled to have been chosen as Artist of the Month at school for my latest painting "Dr Strange". My piece was part of the end of year Art Exhibition.

2 days ago

Sameer Chenia

Sameer Chenia

Sports

2017/2018 Badminton Ranking

Each and every season I record my previous years standing to compare the improvements I am likely to achieve both with my Gradings and Rankings.

The progression is depicted on the attached line graphs which show improvements across the board in all three disciplines of badminton.

Accordingly, I hope to receive JHMT's continuous support for my continued progression.

3 days ago

Sameer Chenia

Sameer Chenia

Sports

2018 Presentation Evening

At the end of every badminton season, there is a presentation evening where all the county players are invited and recognised for any achievements that took place over the year.

At the awards evening, I received my U18 County Colours, which you only collect once you have represented the county in that age group(view attached photo). I have regularly represented the county in this age group. I also received an award for participating in the U18 ICT.

I was only able to receive these awards thanks to JHMT's continuous support!

3 days ago

William Bell

William Bell

Sports

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Helsinki 2018. British Swimming

What an amazing experience it was to race against the best junior swimmers in Europe, with my British Swimming team mates. Had a fabulous week and 3 good swims. Raced personal best times in my 400 and 800 free, extending my lead at the top of British Rankings and my second best ever time in the 1500 free. Had great feedback from my coaches out there and know where there is room for improvement. And now on to the British Summer Championships!

5 days ago

Daisy Platts

Daisy Platts

Sports

National prep

I'm in hard training at the minute, made slightly easier by having finished all my A-levels now.

National prep going well, and looking forward to the start of taper!

Competing in 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke, 200m and 400m IM at forthcoming Nationals at Ponds Forge.

9th Jul, 2018

April Tacey

April Tacey

Sports

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Healthy Ageing Tour - GB Debut

With the first half of the race season now completed I thought I would begin by sharing my experiences and results via my blog and what better way to start than with my GB debut.

Back in April I was asked to guest for the GB junior Women's academy at the UCI Nations Cup race 'Healthy Ageing Tour' in Holland. With less than 48 hours notice I found myself sitting in a service station car park waiting for the GB mini bus to arrive, this would be my first road race of the season so not ideal preparation going into a UCI stage race but it was certainly an opportunity not to be missed.

We travelled down to Calais via the channel tunnel and then onto Holland where we had a couple of spare days before the tour started, this allowed us to do some course recces.

The tour consisted of two 80km road races and a 60km city centre crit which featured a cobbled section.

Day 1 was fast, I was slightly held up by a late crash but pleased to finish in the main bunch and on the same finishing time as the race leader. I finished 34th out of 150 starters.

Day 2 was eventful with a crash in the first 1km of the race. This caused a split in the main bunch and unfortunately I was caught up behind it. I chased my way onto the 2nd group but I ended up loosing a fair amount of time on the general classification.

I felt strong on the final stage, the Crit race. It was super fast, I even did a late attack but unfortunately it did not come to anything. I finished in the main bunch.

Overall I found my first GB debut a great experience, I feel I have learnt a lot from the whole experience which I'm sure will become useful in future races. I finished 59th out of 150 riders.

9th Jul, 2018

Andrew Laurel

Andrew Laurel

Sports

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Touchtennis tournaments

Over the last few months, I have been competing in more touchtennis tournaments including a grass court £300 event in Walsall where I reached the final of singles and won the doubles, getting my singles ranking up to 25 and my doubles ranking inside the top 40.

7th Jul, 2018

Andrew Laurel

Andrew Laurel

Sports

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La Manga

At the end of June, I was lucky enough to go to the La Manga Club in Spain for a training camp and there was a tournament at the same time. This was a nice relaxing week as I had just completed a month of exams. I entered the 16U and men's tournaments, so I was playing lots of matches, as well as training everyday. I reached the quarter finals of the men's competition. Finals day was on the Friday and I was in the 16U final. I won the final 7-6(5),6-2 which was followed by the presentation. This rounded off a great week on the Spanish clay.

7th Jul, 2018