Temi Ojora (Wycombe Abbey & Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC) produced the performance of her life to win her first major national title in the High Jump at the English Schools Championships at the Alexandra Stadium, Birmingham on Friday. 

There was immediate international recognition as she earned her first England vest. 

Competing for the Bucks Schools team, Ojora went into the competition as one the favourites but not without challenging opposition with two other girls on the same seasons best of 1.76m, all sharing the UK number one spot. 

She opened well clearing all heights at the first attempt up to 1.68m where she went clear at the second attempt. By 1.71m all other competitors had been eliminated and she went on to clear 1.74m and then for a new personal best 1.77m.

However,.three good attempts at 1.80m were sadly unsuccessful. 

Ojora’s magnificent victory and gold medal earned her automatic selection for the England team to compete in the Quadrangular schools International in Dublin on Saturday and stretches her advantage as the number one under 16 high jump athlete in Europe this year, a phenomenal achievement.

Also raising her game against quality opposition at Birmingham was her clubmate Morgan Hanson, competing in her first National Championship in the U17 1500m steeplechase. 

This was always going to be a very closely fought event with most of the girls with three seconds of each other. Hanson ran a great race putting herself into a competitive position from early in the race. 

Sadly a stumble on the second to last water jump forced her to lose ground as the athletes entered the home straight but she fought back brilliantly to record yet another PB for the event of five minutes 18 seconds.

A brilliant throw in the javelin two weeks ago came back to haunt Jemima Copeman (WHS) in the 300m. 

Setting a superb new PB on that day, she damaged back muscles and these had not fully recovered by the heats on Friday. 

Copeman was quite obviously in discomfort coming up the finishing straight in her heat and while being just outside of her best, she was unable to qualify for the final. 

Sunday’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium presented three young local athletes with a unique showcase for their talents in this Elite International meet. 

Tia Richards, Kam Lambert and Sam Higgins, who all train with Bucks Speed Demons at Little Marlow athletics track, were all part of specially invited Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow relay teams for the Club Connect event, supplying relay teams in the U17 an U20 age groups based on the teams standings in Youth Development League rankings.
Richards was part of a slick U20 Ladies team which also included Amrita Panesar, Megan Shaw & Kennedy Bays. 

They produced a seasons best time of 48.51 that placed them fourth in the UK club rankings. 

Higgins and Lambert teamed up with Joshua Zeller and Rory Naylorto produce a spirited perfromance for the U17 mens. They ran an impressive 46.51 seconds, but were unfortunately disqualified, a fate suffered by all relay squads every now and again, when pushing the envelope.