Golden girls sprint to glory

PUBLISHED: 17:08 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009

Claire Humpries receiving her gold medal

Claire Humpries receiving her gold medal

TRAINING partners Stephanie Gaynor and Claire Humphries both stormed to victory at the South of England Indoor Championships. The Gosling-based sprint hurdlers left their rivals for dead as they won their 60m indoor events with blistering times. Sir Fred

TRAINING partners Stephanie Gaynor and Claire Humphries both stormed to victory at the South of England Indoor Championships.

The Gosling-based sprint hurdlers left their rivals for dead as they won their 60m indoor events with blistering times.

Sir Frederic Osborn School pupil Humphries claimed her first major championship title.

The 15-year-old sprinter took the Under-17 women's 60m hurdles in 8.81 seconds, which is the age group's fastest time in the UK this year.
 
To get to the final, the 2006 Welwyn Hatfield Borough Sports Awards winner had led the way in her heat in 9.08 secs.
 
That was well clear of runner-up Laura Bass, from Cambridge & Coleridge AC, and ensured she qualified for the semi-finals as fifth fastest.
 
WGC athlete Humphries ducked under nine seconds in her next race at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre to reach the final in 8.90 secs.

She ran even faster in the medal decider to take the South of England crown ahead of Buckinghamshire schoolgirl Catherine Hall-Jones in second.

Golden girl Gaynor, in her first year competing as an U20 woman, cleaned up in the 60m hurdles in her age group.

She clocked the second fastest time in the UK this year in the heats and then won the final by more than two-tenths of a second with 8.79 secs.

Runner-up Rose Reynolds, from the Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow club, clocked 9.00 seconds exactly to take the silver.

Only Tamworth's Meghan Beesley has run faster than Gaynor over the distance in the U20 age group in the UK this year.

In getting to the final, 17-year-old Gaynor recorded 8.78 secs to win her first round heat at Picketts Lock before coming third in her semi-final behind Reynolds in 9.39 secs.

English Schools' international Gaynor's time was still fast enough to qualify for the final and she comfortably beat Reynolds in the title showdown.

The Herts Phoenix duo are both coached at the Gosling track in WGC by Steph's dad Colin Gaynor.

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