Young’s sec­ond for GB at world fi­nals

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Ali Young, who runs for Chiltern Har­ri­ers AC, clocked 134 miles over 24 hours in Belfast’s Vic­to­ria Park at the start of the month, the sec­ond high­est to­tal among the GB con­tin­gent.

With the race held from mid­day to mid­day, the 43-year-old run­ner placed 26th in her de­but on the world stage.

Com­peti­tors from 42 na­tions took the field in North­ern Ire­land for the IAU (In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ul­trarun­ners) 24H World Cham­pi­onships.

Per­sonal trainer Young, who runs a ParkFit class in Amer­sham’s Hervines Park, be­gan ul­tra run­ning – in races held over long time spans and dis­tances – four years ago.

Young qual­i­fied for the Team GB ul­tra team af­ter run­ning 135 miles at the Toot­ing 24-hour track race in Oc­to­ber 2015 and won her first in­ter­na­tional vest in the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, held in France last Oc­to­ber.

Har­ri­ers had nine ath­letes tak­ing part in the English Schools’ Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Birm­ing­ham.

Will Perkin saved his best for last, fin­ish­ing fourth in the se­nior boys’ 1500m in his fifth and fi­nal ap­pear­ance at the cham­pi­onships.

Three more of the eight-strong Buck­ing­hamshire Schools con­tin­gent reached fi­nals at the Alexan­der Sta­dium with Joe Eg­gle­ton fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the in­ter­me­di­ate boys’ 200m, clock­ing up per­sonal bests in his heat and semi-fi­nal.

Alex Al­dred was fifth in the ju­nior boys’ 800m fi­nal af­ter set­ting a PB of 2.02.92 in the fastest heat among a com­pet­i­tive field.

There was also a PB of 4.12.22 for An­gus Wil­liams in his ju­nior 1500m heat en route to a sev­enth-place fin­ish in the fi­nal.

Thomas Job was fifth in his ju­nior boys’ 800m heat with Cameron Reid and Berk­shire Schools’ Robyn Watkins sixth in their in­ter­me­di­ate boys’ and girls’ 800m heats, re­spec­tively. Orla Wil­liams came in ninth in her ju­nior girls’ 1500m heat and Lily Holt fin­ished 14th in the ju­nior girls’ high jump.

A suc­cess­ful pe­riod for Har­ri­ers has also seen the club win the fi­nal match of the

lower age group to clinch the eight-club South­ern Cen­tral 1 Divi­sion ti­tle on Satur­day at Hemel Hemp­stead.

In driz­zly con­di­tions, the Chiltern U13s and U15s won their third match to close an ex­cel­lent sea­son, 77 points clear of sec­ond-placed St Mary’s Rich­mond.

Their re­sults will be com­pared with the win­ning teams from Di­vi­sions East and West 1 to de­ter­mine which two clubs will be pro­moted to Premier 2 next sea­son.

For the U13 girls there were Astring wins for Ser­ena Gu­eye in the 75m and shot; Ab­bie Hen­der­son in the 800m; and Holly Hen­der­son in the 1200m.

Among the U13 boys, A-string wins came from Matt Al­dred (800m), Cor­mac Nis­bet (1500m) – with a 4.49.5PB – and Rex Vi­dal with a long jump PB of 4.61m.

The 4x100m re­lay team of Vi­dal, Win­stan­ley, Dou­glas and Jassy were sec­ond in a sea­son’s-best 54.6.

For the U15 girls, Lily Holt won Astring high jump and 75m hur­dles, with a PB of 12.3, and Orla Wil­liams won the 1500m.

For the U15 boys, An­gus Wil­liams won the A-string 1500m and Bstring shot, and there were fur­ther B-string wins from Job (800m) and Nathan Hack­ley (1500m).

Louis Green­away scored PBs of 11.8 and 24.4 in the A-string sprints and was sec­ond in the shot, and James Spicer ran 12.5 in the 100m and a PB of 25.1 in the 200m as Har­ri­ers se­cured vic­tory.

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