Athletes do battle in the English Championships

Bourne Grammar School's Lincolnshire representatives. Back row, from left, Scott Buxton, Ben McCormick, Jamie Horne, front, Bethany Denial, Millie Bristow, Emma Hornsby and Jenna Mohan
Bourne Grammar School's Lincolnshire representatives. Back row, from left, Scott Buxton, Ben McCormick, Jamie Horne, front, Bethany Denial, Millie Bristow, Emma Hornsby and Jenna Mohan

A TRIO of Bourne athletes will compete at the English School Championships in Gateshead next weekend.

Alex Hampson, of Bourne Academy, and Emma Hornsby and Jamie Howe of Bourne Grammar School all qualified by winning events at the Anglian Schools Track and Field Championships last weekend.

Alex will race in the 1,500m, Emma will compete in the 300m hurdles and Jamie in the high jump.

The trio were part of a team representing Lincolnshire at the Anglian meeting, having previously won their disciplines at the Lincolnshire County Championships held at Boston.

Andy Cartwright and Matt Hudson from Bourne Academy, and Bethany Denial (75m hurdles and high jump), Millie Bristow (javelin), Ben McCormick (hammer), Scott Buxton (triple jump), Jenna Mohan (javelin and discus) and Nathan Denial (1,500m Steeplechase) also competed.

Alex, who runs for Nene Valley Harriers and clocked 4m15s at Boston, was praised for his performances by Bourne Academy PE teacher Sian Jackson, who said: “Alex has had a great season showing true determination and maturity with the English Schools being his aim all year.”

County champion Emma Hornsby got Lincolnshire off to a fine start at last weekend’s regional meeting, winning the intermediate girl’s 300m hurdles in a superb 48.73s, and taking silver spot in the long jump with 5.30m.

Jamie Horne became Anglian Schools champion in the junior boys high jump with 1.70m to book his place in Gateshead.

Bourne Grammar School also had four teams competing in the North Midlands Regional finals last week and teacher Jackie Mohan is delighted by the athletes’ commitment this season.

Jackie, who is in charge of athletics at the school, said: “This is the sixth consecutive year that Bourne Grammar School have reached this stage which is a remarkable achievement for a school of our size.

“We book the track in Peterborough a few times in the summer term for extra training and the athletes have been able to receive specialist coaching.

“Emma Hornsby and Jenna Mohan deserve a special mention for their help coaching the younger students and we are grateful to Michaela and Steph Williams who have continued to coach this year.”

The intermediate boys (years 9 and 10) competed in the B final at Grantham and finished second with an improved score of 356 points, while another three teams were in the A final at Derby.

The intermediate girls were hoping to reach their fourth national final in a row but had to settle for fourth place with 325 points against strong opposition.

In the junior boys (years 7 and 8) event, Bourne were also in with a chance of reaching the nationals, and improved on their first round score by 47 points to finish on 376 for a creditable third.

The junior girls were ranked first after the county rounds and had a clear lead after the track events. They improved further in the field events to win the competition with 352 points, 39 points clear of second place. They will now represent the region in the National Cup Final at Chelmsford tomorrow.