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Charlotte shines on Gloucestershire duty

Liam Moakes 30th May, 2017

CHARLOTTE Gravelsons finished in 34th position as she recorded two personal bests at the Somerset Schools’ Combined Events Championship.

The Stratford AC youngster competed in her first of many planned pentathlons this season at Millfield School in Street.

Charlotte, who attends Chipping Campden School and so qualifies for Gloucestershire Schools, was invited as a guest as this is one of the main events the Gloucestershire Schools selection team look at when considering which athletes to select for the Regional finals in June.

The cold and wet conditions were not conducive to multi-event competition and, with 58 junior girls taking part, the day inevitably turned out to be a very long one.

Nonetheless, Charlotte navigated her way through the day well, picking up two personal bests – shot put, 7.32m, and long jump, 3.72m – and showing consistent form in the 800m (2.51.6) and 75m hurdles (16.5s), despite a strong headwind.

The high jump was the most challenging event as this was when the heavy rain was at its worse and Charlotte managed to clear 1.27m, a full 8cm below her season’s best.

All the events combined to a total points score of 1,724 – a huge increase on her previous personal best.

STRATFORD Triathlon Club’s Maria Haslam impressed in her first triathlon – the Banbury Super Sprint Tri – on her return from injury.

Her official time for the 5km run was 21.36 – a 24-second personal best. Maria finished second in the senior female category in an overall time of 1:23.25, which was six minutes, 14 seconds behind the first woman home.

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