Personal bests aplenty for middle distance dynamos

Kristian Imroth won the U15 boys' 1,500m county title. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell
Kristian Imroth won the U15 boys' 1,500m county title. Picture (c) Gary Mitchell
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Mike Dunphy’s Dacorum & Tring AC middle distance group scored some superb results at the Herts County Championships in Stevenage, with 10 athletes bringing home a total of seven PBs and two podium places.

Starting with the U20 men, Rhys Rowlands finished just outside the medals in a strong fourth in the 1,500m in a time of 4.35.51.

Next up were the U17 men, where Joshua van Heiningen was just edged out of third spot in the 1,500m with a PB performance of 4.22.50 (his previous best was 4.23.0).

Jamie Ayres finished in sixth, in a massive PB of 4.36.47. Dunphy noted that his previous best was a distant 4.52.4, and his 800m split of 2.21.1 was also a PB.

Kristian Imroth came home with the county title, storming the U15 boys’ 1,500m with a PB of 4.29.64. Freddie Truman-Williams, in his first year in the U15 age group, was ninth in the same race, in a strong PB of 5.02.97.

Grace Birdseye posted a strong new PB of 5.16.03 to finish third in the U17 women’s 1,500m – a great start to her season.

In the U15 girls’ 1,500m, Lily Boden smashed her previous best of 6.17.1 to finish eighth in a speedy 5.29.76, while Amy Cassidy was 11th in 5.37.83.

The U13 girls’ competed in very windy conditions, with Jess Benveniste running a PB of 2.46.28 for the 800m to finish seventh, with Olivia Moore bagging ninth in 2.54.70, close to her PB of 2.52.1.