Stephanie Brooks, Alysha Forsbrook and Phoebe Gooch competed for North Somerset AC in the Somerset Schools AA / County AA & Open Combined Events Championships junior girls pentathlon held on Sunday April 30th it was their first attempt at a pentathlon and all 3 performed admirably and all 3 girls are bottom of the age group .
With the weather predicted to be very wet and windy the girls lined up for their 75 hurdles facing a stiff head wind but sunny conditions all 3 coming through without too much trouble so a good start to the day. Next up was the shot put which all 3 girls were in the same pool so could support each other. Phoebe put herself under a little bit of pressure with 2 no throws but managed a respectable 5.72M with her 3rdattempt to just edge out Stephanie with 5.69M and Alysha with 4.78M meant all 3 girls set new personal bests for the event. Next up was high jump (albeit 2 hours later) and the weather changed markedly. The rain came……… the temperature dropped and the wind picked up and what can only be described as atrocious conditions with the rain coming in horizontally. Stephanie set a new PB with 1.27m matching Phoebe who also had 1.27m. Alysha jumped 1.09m and all 3 girls were cold wet and miserable by the time they got back to the tent. At this point of the competition Phoebe and Stephanie were neck and neck with only 36 points separating the girls with Alysha close behind. With the high jump going up in 3cm steps it took an hour longer than anticipated with the winner eventually clearing 1.60m. Onto the long jump where the girls were in better spirits having had some food and a change of clothes. With 2 rounds complete Phoebe and Stephanie were still neck and neck with Phoebe having jumped 3.55m and Stephanie 3.48m. Stephanie had a no jump which looked a lot further than her previous attempts and Phoebe hit the board perfectly to set a new PB of 3.98m. Alysha jumped well recording 3.16m a little below her best but still valuable points gained. To show how things changed with this jump Phoebe turned a 36 point deficit into an 89 point lead going into the last event the 800m.
With the last event being graded after the 4 events meant the girls would run against those around them and with 12 points per second available it turns the race into something meaningful as each competitor is close to you in the overall standings. With this in mind Alysha set off in the first race and stuck with the leaders of her race when with 300m to go struck out and went for home and built up a lead over her rivals. With 100m to go she was still in the lead but a fast finishing girl just pipped at the line but finished with a superb time of 2m 53s just 3 seconds off her personal best scoring well over 400 points. In the next heat were both Phoebe and Stephanie and it was clear from the start that Stephanie meant business and was in second place at 400m with Phoebe a little way back. With 300m to go Stephanie (with a little parental encouragement) went for home and won the heat in 2m 42s just outside her PB scoring a massive 548 points, Phoebe came home in 3m 21s which is a new PB scoring 189 points.
In the overall completion Stephanie finished in 36th with 1689 points, Phoebe was 48th with 1407 points and Alysha was 51st with 1141 points. All 3 had a great time despite the conditions and are looking forward to the next competition.
We had 1 junior boy (representing Kings of Wessex school) Lewis Hembrow-McKinley 14.42(80mH) 10.56 (Shot) 4.84 (LJ) 1.66 (HJ) 2:35.86 (800m) 2106 points, Lewis came 7th out of 33 finishers in the event.