Athletics
Bee performs well in pentathlon

15/03 Updated: 15/03 12:30

FELICITY BEE enjoyed a superb personal best score in the under 15 Pentathlon at the England Athletics Age Group Indoor Championships in Sheffield.

The Stratford AC teenager finished 11th overall and second in the Midland regional championships which took place within the national event.

Bee recovered from a shaky start to finish 4th in the opening 60m hurdles. The time of 9.9 seconds was just outside her best and secured 731 points.

Bee had an unbelievably successful high jump in clearing 1.40m which was good enough for 512 points and 7th place.

She went on to produce personal bests in the shot putt (6.84m, 11th, 325 points) and long jump (4.47m, 9th, 421 points).

The final event was the energy-sapping 800m in which Bee completed the four laps in 2.48.5 seconds.

The hard work she had put in over the winter months resulted in an improvement of ten seconds on her previous best performance and helped produce a splendid 2,468 points overall.

Emily Borthwick (Wigan AC) was the national winner with 3,327 points, while Annabelle Pask (Coventry Godiva Harriers) won the Midlands region with 2.923 points.

Long Marston Airfield was the venue for the RunBreeze 5k, 10k and Half Marathon with the three events taking place as part of one race.

In the 10km race, Kate Wright (6th, 40.02) enjoyed the course but not the howling gale in the home straight and although she took the 1st lady prize.

In-form James Deacon (10th, 41.59) failed to achieve his pre-race prediction of a personal best, while Sarah Wheeler (13th, 42.31) was the 2nd woman to finish and can be happy with another fine run.

Mike Barrie (51st, 49.49) was just one minute off his 10k personal best and Wendy Bowyer (60th, 51.02) was another who battled her way round and showed she is as good as ever.

Larry Coltman (64th, 51.12) managed a personal best the previous weekend in the Bourton 10k but was unable to follow up with another.

The race was won by Toby Spencer of Coventry Godiva Harriers in 32.45.

Jane Duncan (16th, 24.23) was supposed to be running in the 10k race but after finishing the first lap she decided not to continue.

Jane was very surprised to be greeted by an official saying she was the third lady home in the 5k race and should proceed straight to presentation to receive her prize! Running is sometimes a very confusing sport.

Ruth Calderbank (29th, 27.28) was a little down on her usual time in the 5k but has been struggling with injury of late.

The 5k was won by Kyran Hale of Severn AC in 17.18.

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