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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Cumbrian duo rewrite record books at North of England championships

Cumbrian athletics starlets Chelsea Nugent and Natasha Wilson smashed long-standing records on their way to winning gold at the North of England Athletics Championships in Hull.

Chelsea Nugent photo
Chelsea Nugent

Nugent, a 13-year-old 800m runner, smashed a 35-year-old record on her way to victory in her time of 2:12.69 in the Under-15 girls race.

The Carlisle-Aspatria athletics club runner eclipsed the previous record of 2:14, set in 1977. Her club-mate Wilson, 16, set a new record in the Under-17 javelin on her way to the gold medal in the javelin with a throw of 45.79m.

It broke the previous record of 44.20m which had stood since 1983.

Nugent’s performance on Saturday continued her impressive year after she won a gold medal at the viva English Schools Track and Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium the previous weekend.

The youngster, from Baldwinholme, near Carlisle, is now preparing for next month’s English Athletics Championship in Bedford.

She said: “It has been a good year and everything is coming right for me.

“The Olympics in 2016 is my big ambition and that is what I am continually working towards.

“I train every day apart from Friday and Saturday at the Sheepmount so you have to be very dedicated.”

Wilson is also in impressive form after winning gold at the Aviva English Schools Track and Field Championships for the third successive year.

The 16-year-old, from Wigton, topped the podium at Gateshead with a best effort of 41.21m – more than a metre clear of her nearest rival Demi Bromfield of Essex in the intermediate girls’ event. It secured her an England call-up for a home international in Kent this weekend.

She will be joined at the Home Internationals by Abbie Hetherington, who won gold in both the under-17 800m and 1500m at the North of England Athletics Championships.

Hetherington, who also competes for Carlisle-Aspatria, clocked 4:31.69 to win the 1500m, before taking the 800m in a time of 2:09.77.

Carlisle-Aspatria javelin star Ellie-Jo Doran underlined her potential by winning the under-15 javelin with a new personal best throw of 31.29m.

Meanwhile, Whitehaven School student Emily Cummings leapt in to Seaton Athletics Club’s record books as she bagged a third North of England high jump title in Hull. The teenager was in command from the start, shrugging off a slight knee injury to clear every height at the first attempt and put pressure on her challengers, and a clearance at 1.65m ensured she retained the title.

She has now collected four golds and two silver medals in the Northern Championships over her career, plus two awards for achieving UK Athletics’ grade one standard, surpassing the achievements of her coach Stephen Hughes. He said: “I’m thrilled that Emily has surpassed my medal-winning tally and hope Emily goes as far in this sport as she deserves to go. I’ve never coached a more determined athlete and will continue to coach and support Emily throughout her career.”

The Under-17 success rounded off a tremendous spell for the youngster, who last week picked up a bronze medal representing Cumbria in the English Schools Championships at Gateshead, where she cleared 1.68m, the same height as the silver medallist.

She will now have a short break before returning to training at Copeland Stadium and Sheepmount, in Carlisle, in preparation for the AAA UK Championships in Bedford.



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