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Inspirational performances from Stratford AC trio




STRATFORD AC’s Charlotte Gravelsons, Adam Farrow and Charly Marshall put in some inspirational performances in their recent athletic activities.

Charlotte Gravelsons leads the field in the 800m.
Charlotte Gravelsons leads the field in the 800m.

Gravelsons was competing in the senior girls heptathlon for Gloucestershire at the 33rd English Schools’ Athletics Association Combined Events Final.

Farrow was at the same event, representing Warwickshire in the senior boys decathlon. Meanwhile, Marshall was competing in an ‘Enduro’ triathlon at St Helier.

Gravelsons had an early start and negotiated the 100m hurdles in 18.83s.

She then moved to the high jump, clearing each height up to and including 1.38m at the first time of asking.

Farrow had a later start and put in a strong performance in the 100m, clocking 12.03s. In the next two events he claimed a PB of 6.17m in the long jump before throwing over 10m in the shot put.

In the shot, Gravelsons threw 7.40m while Farrow made the high jump look easy, clearing 1.80m.

Adam Farrow, centre, as part of a Warwickshire medal-winning team.
Adam Farrow, centre, as part of a Warwickshire medal-winning team.

For the final event of day one it was back to the track, with Gravelsons winning her 200m heat in 28.48s and Farrow completing the 400m in 56.96s.

Day two saw an early start for Farrow and he began with an impressive PB of 18.07s in the 110m hurdles, despite clattering the final hurdle.

Gravelsons faced the long jump, her nemesis event, where she could only manage 3.94m.

Farrow grappled with the discus but could only throw just over 25m before following that up with an equal PB of 2.90m in the pole vault.

Gravelsons showed improved technique in the javelin, managing 16.90m before running a perfect race in the 800m, finishing with a huge PB of 2:31.28. This ensured she finished with a PB score of 3,055 points, finishing 33rd overall.

As for Farrow, he concluded with 46.04m in the javelin before taking five seconds off his PB in the 1,500m, clocking 5:00.95.

He finished with a total of 5,221 points, enough for 20th place overall.

Charly Marshall negotiates a bend at St Helier.
Charly Marshall negotiates a bend at St Helier.

Meanwhile, Marshall, after top ten finishes in the National School Games final and Super Series grand finale, put in a fine performance in her last big race of the season.

As part of Great Britain’s youth selection of 18, she claimed her third ninth position in a row at her first ‘Enduro’ triathlon, her toughest challenge yet.

Racing just after the seniors and inspired by having just watched her Olympic heroes Jess Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown duel it out for the win, she took to the same course and topped off the season with consistency and confidence on the most technically challenging of formats.

Next up for Marshall is the Stratford Triathlon where she will race amongst the seniors, before her off-season of cross country and winter training.



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