Legon and Jennings take England Senior Titles

Luc Legon (Bexley AC) and Abigail Jennings (Aldershot Farnham and District) took the England senior titles over 10,000 metres in the England Athletics Winter Race Walking Championships which was staged alongside the Molly Barnett Open at Coventry Athletics Track, University of Warwick, Coventry on Saturday 4 March.

Legon reversed the tables on Tom Partington (Manx Harriers) who beat him in the England Athletics Indoor Championships over 3,000 metres in January in Sheffield. Legon clocked a new personal best of 45.12.42. Partington and Legon walked together in the opening laps of the race, but Legon gradually moved ahead of Partington to take the England title with a commanding victory.

Partington took the silver in 46.48.37 with his teammate Neil Wade (Manx Harriers) winning the bronze in 54.34.33. Jonathan Ellerton (Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC) took the junior men’s 10,000 metres title in a new personal best of 57.04.45.

In the senior women’s 10,000 metres, Abigail Jennings (Aldershot Farnham and District) dominated the England Championships in a new personal best of 50.37.38. Jasmin Nicholls (Leicester RWC) took the silver in 53.16.99. The bronze medal was a race long battle between Hannah Hopper (Cambridge Harriers) and Pagen Spooner (Hyde Park Harriers). Hopper was the quicker over the last lap taking silver in 53.30.84 ahead of Spooner (53.32.03).

Jessica Wilton (Ashford AC) took the under-20 title with 56.30.12 ahead of Mia Dunwell (Northern AC IOM) 56.34.65 who had led the under-20 race for most of the competition, before a late visit to the penalty zone resulted In her losing 10 minutes. Lois Carty (Aldershot Farnham and District) took the bronze in 60.11.47.

In the open 10,000 metres, Bethan Davies (Cardiff AAC) took the title in 46.54.49 and Welsh compatriot Gracie Griffiths (Pembroke Harriers) put in a fine debut over the distance with a 52.09.34 clocking to move to 10th on the UK all-time list over 10,000 metres.

Ellis Simonds (2DASH) took the under-17 title over 5,000 metres in 25.59.93. Ava Chappel (Ashford AC) took the under 15 girls 3,000 metres title with 17.59.67 ahead of Amy Surgeon (Manx Harriers) 20.28.01.