Perkins settles for second place in his first international fixture
Amersham athlete stars for England South U20s
AMERSHAM athlete Will Perkin had his first taste of international competition in an U20 match hosted by Wales Athletics last Wednesday.
Having won the South of England U20 1,500m title in June, Perkin was invited to compete for England South in the fixture, featuring U20 teams from Wales, Welsh Schools, England North, England Midlands and England South.
Perkin was racing in the Ann Hill Mile, a race missing Welsh competitor Jake Hayward, who was recently crowned European Youth Champion, and he took off at a brisk pace, leading the quartet through the first 1,000 yards.
The England North runner, Ossama Meslek, then made an early break for home and although Chiltern Harriers member Perkin kept the gap constant, had to settle for second place in a time of 4.22.44.
There were also some impressive Chiltern performances in the final Youth Development League upper age group match for Team South Bucks, which consists of athletes from both Harriers and Wycombe Phoenix.
Dan Weathers bagged wins in both the U20 men 400m hurdles and 2,000m steeplechase, while B-string wins came courtesy of Seb Mills (200m), David Clark (3,000m), David Thomas (2,000m steeplechase) and Kai McKenzie (long jump). Josh Parry came second in both sprin sprints, as did Tim Rogers in the 400m, while both the 4x100m4x10 and 4x400m relay teamsteam were runners-up too.
EmilyEm Smith was another doubledoub winner, coming first on both the U20 women’s 100m hurdles and 400m hur hurdles, while Megan Styles repe repeated the feat in the 1,500m1,50 steeplechase and tripletri jump.
Rachel Padwick won the 1,500m1,5 and Hannah Thear the 800m, Sandie Pohlman ma making it a double by win winning the B race, while StylesSty also added a 400m hurdleshu B-string win to her ha haul.
TheTh best performances fromfro a small U17 men’s squadsq came in the 200m, w when Ben Layne won the A race and Seb Mills the B race. The duo then teamed up with Finn Bell and Jake Alderson to win the 4x400m relay, while Fraser Kilby was also a winner in the shot.
Scarlet Storr looked good in winning both the U17 women’s’ 80m hurdles and 300m hurdles, while Robyn Watkins came second in both the 800m and 1,500m, as did Sandie Pohlman and Jess Orr in the respective B races.
There were also relay wins in both the 4x100m (Ella Merten-Mancer, Louise Lyons-Appiah, Maya Bhat and Charlotte Bellamy) and 4x300m (Bellamy, Pohlman, Watkins and Maisie Pennant).
pR Cool runnings: Chiltern Harriers’ Charlotte Bellamy, Maya Bhat, Louise Lyons-Appiah and Ella Merten-Mancer; (left) Will Perkin