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Superb new county record for North Norfolk Harriers youngster Hattie Reynolds

PUBLISHED: 08:37 16 May 2019

Pictured from left to right at the County Championships are North Norfolk Harriers athletes Josh Keeble, Ruby Love, Abbi McCallum, Billy Life, Brad Keay, Hattie Reynolds, Sophie McKee and Esme Jonas Picture: CLUB

Pictured from left to right at the County Championships are North Norfolk Harriers athletes Josh Keeble, Ruby Love, Abbi McCallum, Billy Life, Brad Keay, Hattie Reynolds, Sophie McKee and Esme Jonas Picture: CLUB

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North Norfolk Harriers's Hattie Reynolds was the star performer at the Norfolk Track and Field Championships at the UEA Sportspark in Norwich.

She smashed the U15 girls' 3,000m best by over 30 seconds, a record that has stood for 13 years. The Harriers' Abbi McCallum also ran a solid race and was rewarded with an excellent bronze.

Hattie's time of 9:58 is outstanding, even for the higher U17 age-group. Sharing the pace round the 7.5 laps in a mixed field of boys and girls, Hattie was in good company alongside Harriers' Brad Keay and Billy Life who were also battling for medals in separate age-groups.

In a thrilling last lap, the lead changed several times and a desperate last 100m saw Billy pipped agonisingly to silver in the U17's race. By virtue of an unfortunate disqualification in the U15s race, Brad was promoted to top-spot on the podium — not how he wanted to claim gold, but a real gutsy run nonetheless and a very respectable time indeed (9:55) for the improving athlete.

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But it was Hattie who was arguably the stand-out track athlete of the day with a performance that catapults the Gresham's School pupil to the higher echelons of the national rankings.

There was more success on day one of the championships, this time for Henry Jonas in the U15 boys' 1,500m, bagging silver with a solid 4:35.

The 800m finals on day two included Henry again who narrowly missed out on a podium finish after his gold last year. Henry's sister Esme also fought hard but just missed out on a medal with Sophie McKee behind. There were good performances too from the diminutive U13 duo of Rosie Dickety and Stevie Ashby, both having their first crack at the 800m. Josh Keeble, competing as a first year U17, found himself in a top quality field in the 800m with the step-up helping him slash two seconds off his personal best (2:14).

Ruby Love discovered her sprinting prowess with a fantastic silver in the U15 girls' 100m, backed up by qualification for the final of the 200m on day two. Meanwhile U13 Daniel Coles took a discus silver and a bronze in both the high jump and shot put - clearly a decathlon career beckons.

For the younger athletes, the QuadKids series provides a multi-discipline competition embracing jumps, throws and track events. In Norwich, for the third of five events around the county, Eloise Edridge and Jasmine Kiy flew the flag for the North Norfolk club with 187 and 181 points respectively.

The Harriers will be hosting the fourth QuadKids competition on June 30 at Gresham's School.

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