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National Track Championships 2012

IEK had 4 athletes reach the Final of their respective events, a Long Jumper, a Disability sprinter plus two middle-distance runners - Bobby Clay is one of our Squad Members and she came away with her second National track title in two seasons, as well as improving her own IEK All-time Female 800m record



Bobby Clay on way to 2nd National 800m title


On Day 2, Bobby went head-to-head at 800m for the first time with two of the UK’s best - Loren Bleaken (reigning English Schools champion from Team Bath, Gloucester currently no.1 under-17 800m runner in UK), and also Kayleigh Dodd (Basildon) who won UK Games 800m at the Olympic Stadium at the end of May.


On the first lap Bobby's recent training on last lap tactics paid off handsomely as first she caught her rival with 200m to go, and powered her way to a 5 metre-win from Kayleigh Dodd.


Bobby was timed at 2mins 07.29, thus beating her own IEK Female record for the 2nd time this season. It was also all of four seconds faster than the best ever IEK Senior Woman, Elizabeth Parncutt, the previous record holder who, in the late 1960s set the previous record at 2mins 11.1


Of the remaining 3 IEK, Rhiannon Wallwork (u-15) was one of THREE athletes to record 5.04m as the best of their 6 Long jumps attempts and this was just 3 cm short of the best by the 4th placed girl from Rugby. As 5th to 7th places depended on count back to each athlete’s next best jump, the Ballymena girl (5.03m) was therefore declared 5th, Rhiannon (4.96m) was 6th and a Kent rival from Blackheath Bromley was 7th as her 2nd best was 4.90m.


Joshua Taylor (u-17) contested two Ambulant Disability sprints - 3rd in 100m in 14.35seconds, and 3rd in the 200m in 30.40.   

Bobby’s sister Alex decisively won the u-17 3,000m in stifling heat posting 9mins 47.00, almost 26 seconds ahead of the silver medallist from the mighty Aldershot Farnham Club. 


A special well done to Sam Dawson-Dale in his first multi-event competition achieved a very impressive 8th place.