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Stone shows his true colours

    David Stone, 11, achieved a commanding victory in his first ever track race, the under-13 1,500m at the Eastern Young Athletics League in Stevenage.

    Easing to the front of the pack at the end of the first lap, Stone, who studies at the Independent Jewish Day School, remained there until the bell, at which point he sprinted away to finish 60 metres ahead of the field. His time of 4:47.2 moves him to 11th in the UK under-13 rankings, and quite probably makes him the fastest primary school runner in the country.

    Ellie Edwards, 16, and Anna Barnett, 14, competed in English Schools Athletics Championships in Birmingham. Edwards’ 200m clocking of 26.25 was not sufficient to progress to the finals, but, as lead-off runner, she helped Greater Manchester Schools to fifth place in the under-17 4x100m relay. Kent Schools runner Barnett placed 11th in the under-15 discus, with 26.77m.

    Nathaniel Lane, 37, placed third in the Welsh 5000m Championships at Cardiff, recording 15:52.42.

    James Bongart, 16, continued his run of javelin victories at the Woodford Green and Watford Open Meetings, achieving 50.22m with the senior 800g implement at Watford.

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