Young’s second for GB at world finals
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.