Quartet get ready for national challenge

Bronwen Owen
Bronwen Owen
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Four of Scarborough Athletic Club’s young athletes have been selected to represent North Yorkshire Schools, at the prestigious English Schools Track and Field Championships, which will be staged at the Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.

In addition to their successful performances in the county championship, they all had to achieve a qualifying standard in their event.

Becky Mills. Whitby Community College. 1500m steeplechase. 5.34.6 on 19 June

Jack Robertson.Scarborough 6th Form. 800 metres. 1.55.6 on 26 May

Bronwen Owen. Lady Lumley’s School. 3,000 metres. 9.3.55 on 12 June

Leah Millard. Graham School. 300 metres. Standard achieved on 23 June.

Two of these junior athletes, Bronwen Owen and Becky Mills, were both in action at a top class athletics meeting in the Trafford Stadium in Stretford Manchester.

The stadium was hosting the latest in the British Milers Club Gold Standard races, which are designed by graded races to improve the standard of middle distance running in the United Kingdom.

Just three days after finishing as the runner-up in the British Triathlon Super Sprint Championships, Bronwen Owen achieved a second consecutive personal best performance in a 3,000 metres race.

Her time of nine minutes 31 seconds was the fastest time by a United Kingdom under-17 woman athlete this year, and has also improved the record she holds for the all time best for a 15-year-old girl.

Becky Mills came close to a personal best time in her 800 metres race.

Her two minutes 19 seconds was just a second off her best, and was also the fifth best by a Yorkshire under-20 woman athlete this year.