Hartwell claims bronze at Gateshead

Banbury Harrier Seb Hartwell picked up a bronze medal at Gateshead
Banbury Harrier Seb Hartwell picked up a bronze medal at Gateshead

Seb Hartwell claimed a bronze medal in the Intermediate Boys 400m at the English Schools’ Track & Field Championships at Gateshead.

The Banbury Harrier progressed through his heat, winning it impressively with an excellent second 200m in a time of 51.34 seconds.

The final brought out the very best in the Warriner student, producing another excellent final 100m to run under 50 seconds for the first time ever.

Hartwell’s bronze medal was a deserved reward for a super 49.85 second run that set a new personal best and ranked the eighth fastest 400m in the UK this year.

It meant that two of Oxfordshire’s four medals at the championships were won by Banbury Harrier athletes.

Abbey Anson matched her best-ever 100m run with a superb 12.38 seconds, the fastest in the club’s history, to progress from her heat into the semi-final of the Intermediate Girls 100m.

She was unfortunate to draw lane eight in the semi-final and despite another excellent run of 12.49 seconds she could not make it into the final.

But Anson put in another excellent performance late on Saturday as she brought the baton home for Oxfordshire in the 4x100m Intermediate Girls relay as they claimed fifth place.

Zoe Pollock showed both her talent and her determination to qualify through both her heat and semi-final to reach the final of the Intermediate Girls 200m.

Her run in the heat was a stunning personal best run of 25.11 seconds.

With an excellent third place in the semi-final, Pollock reached the final and while there was no medal this year, she still has another year ahead of her in this age group.

Michael Dawes set a new personal best of 53.23m in the Senior Boys Hammer to claim an impressive tenth place in a top quality final.