Athletics: Davies lands bronze at English Schools’ Championships

Aiden Davies. Photo: Andy Davies
Aiden Davies. Photo: Andy Davies

South Yorkshire boys’ team captain Aiden Davies earned a podium finish at his last ever English Schools’ Athletics Championships in Birmingham.

The 18-year-old Doncaster Athletic Club all-rounder won bronze in the senior boys’ 400m hurdles after posting a new personal best.

Davies clocked an impressive time of 53.78 seconds – a massive improvement on his 55.40 in the heats - in a close fought final after changing his stride pattern.

He now plans to give up the 400m hurdles to concentrate on decathlon.

“After running a relatively poor heat, I wasn’t confident going into the final,” he said.

“I knew I had to do something different so decided to change my run-up to the first hurdle.

“The changes worked and I spotted the first few hurdles really well, enabling me to lead for the first third of the race.

“I lost ground to my main two rivals in the second third of the race but came back strongly.

“I am really happy with a bronze medal at my last individual Schools’ Championships.”

Davies finished just behind Stanley Livingston, from the Channel Islands. Surrey’s Chris McAllister ran a personal best to take gold.

Davies also represented England (North) at the Under-20 Welsh International at Cardiff on Tuesday.

Doncaster AC club-mate Joe McGrath, meanwhile, finished just outside the medals in the Intermediate boys’ 200m final after recording a time of 22.09 in Birmingham.

Keiffus Creaser (14.08) finished fifth in his heat of the 100m hurdles, while Emily Jones (12.78) also failed to progress beyond the heats in the 100m.

Lucy Chappell (Doncaster AC) finished sixth in the senior girls’ long jump with a best leap of 5.47m.

Megan Colbeck (12.69) just missed out on the junior girls’ 100m final.

Mollie Magee-Sharp (25.83m) finished 12th in the junior girls’ discus final, while Darcey Atkinson (31.32m) was tenth in her pool in the junior girls’ javelin.