MAIDENHEAD Athletics Club junior athletes have represented their schools in the Berkshire Schools Cross Country Championships at Newbury Showground.

Both Abbie Jones and Lili Rawlings qualified to represent Berkshire at the Inter-Counties Cross Country match in Essex on Saturday 1st February after finishing in fourth position and 14th place overall in the Under 19s women event. Morgan Englefield also represented Maidenhead.

Josh Pope came home in 35th spot with 23 minutes and 45 seconds (23.45) in the U17s boys’ race whilst Imogen Wilson crossed the line in 68th position with 13.26 in the U15s girl’s category.

Maidenhead had six representatives in the U13 girls race of the 2020 Championships and Ruby Foyle led them home in 14th place with 9.38. Sophie McLachlan running 10.03 for 30th spot and Amelie Noble 10.20 for 42nd position. Niamh Fitzgerald stopped the clock at 10.33 for 55th place, Sinead Fitzgerald 11.14 for 76th spot and Dylan Garrard 12.04 for 98th position.

Connor Fitzgibbon was the only Year Seven pupil from the Furze Platt Senior School and ran comfortably even finishing with a sprint for 55th place in the U13s boys’ event.

The Maidenhead girls excelled in the latest county sports hall competition. The club was able to field two teams and there was a great camaraderie. The blue team won the silver medal and the red team just missed out in fourth spot.

It was a tough event will all the girls competing in eight events. In the individual competition Imogen Wilson finished in an impressive fifth position with Chloe Siddons eighth, Katie Losel ninth and Hannah Britton in 11th place.

Wilson was runner-up in the two-lap event and the speed bounce. Siddons was second in the shot, third in the vertical jump and fourth in the speed bounce. Britton was third in the speed bounce and Losel fifth in the two-lap, standing long jump and vertical jump.

There were some great performances from other girls including Arti Lenor in the shot and both Isabel Padfield and Bella Powell in the two-lap and four-lap events. Lilly Vann competed in her first sports hall competition and added some vital points to the team.

The next event is the final league match this Sunday.

Maidenhead U15s boys were busy taking on between six and eight events each with the blue team of Joshua Presnail, Josh Hagglund, Ethan Towers and Chester Shen coming away with silver medals. The red team of Rahul Hared, Filippo D’Orazio and Jose Sanchez-Giron finished in fourth place.

Notable individual results include D’Orazio third in the speed bounce, Shen fourth in the standing long jump and Presnail fourth in the two and four-lap events plus the standing triple jump. The blue team were runners-up in the 4x2 lap relay.

Presnail finished in fourth position overall and was the Maidenhead man-of-the-match.

The U13s boys’ team of Callum Presnail, Jack Britton, Bailey Hayward, Aden Hayward, Rhys McCormack and new member Oscar Tisshaw finished in an impressive silver medal position.

Presnail won the long jump and was joint runner-up in the two-lap event. He was also third in the vertical long jump and collected a bronze medal in the individual all-rounder competition.

Britton was victorious in the speed bounce and was third in the two-lap race to claim fourth spot in the individual all-round performance. Hayward was runner-up in the shot with an impressive throw of over seven metres, whilst Tisshaw was second in the speed bounce and finished ninth overall in the all-rounder standings.

The 4x1 relay team of Presnail, Britton and both Bailey and Aden Hayward finished in third place – the same position Presnail, Aden Hayward, McCormack and Tisshaw took in the 4x2 relay competition.

The red team included two newcomers Connor Fitzgibbon and Thomas Leonard. Fitzgibbon produced a respectable standing triple jump of 5.61m whilst Leonard ran an impressive 24.8 seconds in the two-lap race. Yuvraj Thandi supported the team with consistent performances to add valuable points.

In the U13s girls’ section, a fantastic performance resulted in the Maidenhead blue team winning the bronze medal. There was also a massive moment for the club as Tamzin Bellamy won the individual gold medal as the best overall athlete.

Bellamy set a new personal best (PB) to win the one-lap obstacle event, was runner-up in the standing triple jump and third in the shot. Sophie MacClahan gained a PB in the four-lap race.

Sophie Winters finished as the ninth best girl overall and Eleanor Dries the 10th.

Ruby Foyle managed to grab herself personal best efforts in the vertical jump and four-lap event, Summer Clarke threw 6.23m for a PB in the shot and Alannah Ryder managed 5.47m for a PB in the standing triple jump.

Georgia Clarke speed-bounced her way to a PB of 72 whilst Amber Mehat achieved PBs in both the speed bounce and standing jump jump and Dylan Garrard in the four-lap race. Sinead Fitzgerald grabbed new bests in the shot, four and six-lap events and standing long jump.

The blue team in the 4x1 relay (Bellay, Dries, Foyle and MacClahan) managed third position as did the 4x2 relay squad of Bellamy, Dries, Winters and Foyle.

Newcomers Tiffany Carter and Sophie Padfield also performed fantastically well in their first sports hall competition.