Great end to the season for AVEAC

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Amber Valley & Erewash Athletics Club stormed to victory on Saturday at the final match in the Derbyshire AA Track and Field Mini League.

Making it four wins out of four matches the club were easy winners overall, taking the trophy for the first time since 2008.

The club was able to round off a successful season in the league, designed for nine to 15-year-olds of all abilities and standards, and had a consistently high turnout of athletes across all matches.

Previous winners Chesterfield and District AC came second, with Derby AC third.

Athlete of the Match awards were also presented for performances across the season with Emily Coope, Megan Bruce and Jethro McGraw being rewarded for their outstanding efforts.

The club’s young middle distance runners in particular were in fine form.

With just the 1500m on offer in this match, Omar Aikman and Tamsin McGraw had easy wins in the U13 age group, whilst Niamh Emerson and Jethro McGraw took the U15 races.

McGraw was running against the clock yet again this season to break the league record by a staggering 15 seconds.

Fran Higton won the U11 boys 600m showing great promise for the future in the longer events.

There were also wins in the jump events for Esme Moss at U11 long jump, Megan Bruce in the U15 long jump, Henry Knighton in the U11 high jump and Maisie Knighton U13 in the high jump.

Emily Coope doubled up to win both the 100m and 200m for U13 girls whilst George Dave was an easy winner of the U13 boys 75m hurdles.

Georgina Trace took the U15 girls shot win, whilst in the younger age group Jessie Brown and Louis Teasdale threw the U11 howler javelin for maximum team points as well.

For details of Amber Valley and Erewash Athletics Club’s ‘Try Athletics’ days taking place in the summer holidays, turn to page 45.