Sophie so good! Runner breaks old Vale record

Sophie Delderfield continued a fantastic cross country season
Sophie Delderfield continued a fantastic cross country season
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Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club’s Sophie Delderfield continued her fantastic cross country season by breaking a 26-year-old club record.

She recently switched surfaces, competing in the Fred Hughes 10 mile race which takes place on the roads around St Albans, and put in a terrific performance finishing in 29th position overall, which won the ladies race.

More than 650 people completed the event, including 257 women.

Sophie’s time of 61:03 takes more than 3mins 30secs off of her previous best and is also a new Club Record breaking Jean Gillard’s 1988 effort by over 1min 30secs.

Meanwhile, Vale’s juniors recently took part in a County Network Sportshall Event which included trials for a team to take part in Regional Competitions.

There were a lot of talented young athletes and competition was tough for everyone.

The event was a great introduction for younger children to disciplines which teach them the skills required to compete in track and field events.

In the U13 age group, six children achieved gold standard awards, three silver and six bronze. Top Vale performances of the day came from Jennifer Tubb who was third in the four-lap race and Annabel Ralston who won the shot.

For the boys, Korben Fenty won the standing long jump, was second in both the vertical jump and four-lap race and third in the standing triple jump. For the U15s, five Vale children achieved gold standard and one silver. Charlotte Ball won the speed bounce event and for the boys Alex Ingell was Vale’s star of the day finishing in the top three for all seven events.