Athletics - Nene Valley Harriers shot putter wins gold at the English Schools Championships

Peterborough Athletic Club's Ella De Lucis won a bronze medal.
Peterborough Athletic Club's Ella De Lucis won a bronze medal.
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Nene Valley Harriers won two more medals at the English Schools Championships in Gateshead today (July 11).

Yedsterday Rob Shaw won a broze in the senior boys shot putt, today Hannah Molyneaux struck gold in the junior girls shot putt and William Hughes won a bronze in the junior boys 200m.

Molyneaux, who won the junior girls title last year when competing for Dorset, was this year representing Lincolnshire and she retained her crown with a throw of 13.71m - just 21cms off the championship best performance.

She went into the event ranked number one in the UK with a personal best of 14.15m and Eloise Locke of Kent was number two with 13.18m. And that’s the way they finished today with Locke taking the silver with 13.02m.

Molyneaux moved north just before Christmas to be closer to her coach Geoff Capes, who lives in Holbeach. Molyneaux goes to school in Lincoln.

Spalding Grammar School scholar Hughes, also representing Lincolnshire, clocked 22.79, just outside his PB of 22.51, in a final won by Cameron Sprague of Avon in 22.40.

There was also a medal today for a Peterborough Athletic Club member as Ella De Lucis, a Stangroud College student running for Cambridgeshire, won the bronze medal in the senior girls 100m hurdles. She clocked a personal best 14.42 with Jess Hunter from Buckinghamshire winning in 13.88 and Mollie Courtney from Gloucestershire finishing second in 14.07.

Hughes’ twin brother Charles and big sister Lily, both Nene Valley Harriers, were also in action for Lincolnshire today.

Lily (Bourne Grammar) was fifth in the senior girls 100m final in 12.10 while Charles (Spalding Grammar) was ninth in the junior boys shot with 11.26m.

Emma Hornsby (Bourne Grammar and Nene Valley Harriers) was also ninth in the senior girls long jump with 5.28m and Megan Porter (Arthur Mellows and Peterborough AC) was ninth in the intermediate girls high jump with 1.59m.

Lydia Church (Sawtry College and Nene Valley) failed to make it through the qualifying stages of the intermediate girls hammer with 32.53m and there was no joy either for Jasmine Allen (Bourne Grammar and Nene Valley) in the junior girls long jump qualifying with 4.86m.