County championships go simply swimmingly

Kidderminster Shuttle: Jordan Chappell, Helena Shackleton, Jack Rowley, Jess Lewis and Abbie Rowley. Jordan Chappell, Helena Shackleton, Jack Rowley, Jess Lewis and Abbie Rowley.

HELENA Shackleton led the way for Wyre Forest at the County Distance Championships.

The teenager won gold in the girls’ 14-year-olds 1500 metres race, which also secured bronze in the open category. She came third in the 800m.

Jess Lewis took the silver in the open category and in the 16-year-old age group.

There was a silver medal for Abbie Rowley in the 12-year-olds category for the 800m.

Brother Jack Rowley added to his family’s silverware by taking the second place in the 800m 16-year-olds race, while Jordan Chappell gained the final medal of the day with a bronze in the 17 and overs 1500m.

Just missing out on a medal was Emma Elwell who finished in fifth place in the 14-year-olds 800m.

Head-coach Mark Wilmott said: “ What an epic way to round off a fantastic county championships for the team.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who competed in the event this season.

“You did your parents, club and more so yourselves proud with your achievements.” He added.

Meanwhile, juniors were in action in round two of the Ross PGL league and finished second behind Evesham.

Out ofthe 60 heats, the club achieved an incredible 21 first places.

First places went to Nathan Hawkins, Alex Farmer, Mia Walton, Imogen Cook, Aaron Lad, Freya Bowling, Alfie Myers, Charlotte Holford, Tom Guest, Rosie Lane, Mollie Bellingham and Matilda Calder.

The relay teams at the event also performed amazingly well with the girls 10 year olds, Harriett Tarpey, Matilda Calder, Charlotte Holford and Olivia Bellingham, gaining wins in the freestyle and medlay events, with Holly Workman taking Bellingham’s place in the latter event.

Also doing the double were the 12-year-old girls Abbey Tarpey, Mollie Bellingham, Tia Clayton and Grace Bowling, with Ria Chance swimming in the freestyle in place of Bowling.

There was also victory for 11-year-old girls Charlotte Holford, Imogen Cook, Ria Chance and Holly Workman and the boys who were Alex Farmer, Camryn Palmer, Adam Newey and Robert Darbyshire.

There was freestyle success for 13-year-olds Grace Bowling, Tia Clayton, Lucy Watkiss and Rosie Lane, 10-year-old boys Aaron Lad, Tom Guest, Alfie Myers and Ethan Gilbert.

Wyre Forest also won the girls cannon race, which features teams of ten in action.

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