Golden boy Williams in top 10 1500m runners
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DR Challoner’s Grammar School pupil Angus Williams is now among the 10 fastest U13 1500m runners in the country.
The Chiltern Harrier raced to gold at the Buckinghamshire Track & Field Championships at Oxford Horspath, rewriting the Championships record books in the process.
Williams led from the gun and his aggressive, positive running was rewarded with a time of 4:43.8, which was good enough for 10th in the national ranking list.
His record-breaking achievement completed a brilliant 24 hours for the youngster who, on the first day of competition, won gold in the 800m ahead of club-mate Tom Hunter, who took silver.
Williams though was not the only Harrier to lower a championship record at the meet, with Will Perkins reducing the U17 1500m mark to 4:04.06 to comfortably see off all challengers.
These were just three of more than 30 medals won by Harriers at the Championships, where their U20 girls contingent were strong contributors to the tally.
Hannah Shephard took gold in the 400m and bronze in the 200m behind club-mate Rachel Klima, who claimed gold to add to the silver she had already won over 100m, while Sarah Cross improved her personal best to 31.73m to take the javelin honours.
The U17s also found plenty of reasons for celebration as Hannah Thear and Rachel Padwick completed a one-two in the 800m, while Thear went on to take silver in the long jump and Padwick would go one better in the 1500m.
Claire Buttivant won the women’s discus in a new best of 26.15m, while Fabian Everiss did likewise in the men’s javelin, and other U17 medals came courtesy of Harry Kettle (men’s 800m silver and 1500m bronze) and Morgan Hiles (men’s 100m bronze).
The U15s medal charge was led by Maya Bhat, whose new personal best of 26.99 won her gold in a highly competitive 200m final, while others to shine in the age group included Cameron Reid (boys’ 1500m silver and 800m bronze), Robyn Watkins, (girls’ 1500m silver) and Sandie Pohlman (girls’ 800m bronze).
And while Williams was the standout performer among the U13s, he was not the only one to flourish, with silvers for Ethan Smith (long jump), and Trinity Stevens (70m hurdles); bronzes for Millie Hughes (high jump), Tom Job (200m) and Oliver Ayres (100m); and silver and bronze for Orla Williams in the 800m and 1500m.
The seniors got in on the act too, with Nick Hughes taking silvers in the 1500m and 800m, while Amy Harris landed bronze in the ladies’ two-lap event.
GOLD MEDAL: Angus Williams rewrote the Championship record books