More medals for Megan

By Surrey and Hants News in Athletics

Talented 18-year-old athlete Megan Hildrew from Charterhouse Club in Godalming has scooped several medals in track and field events.

On June 11 Megan competed at the South of England Athletics Championships at Crystal Palace and came away from the final with a bronze in the 100m hurdles. It was during the Championships that Megan was selected by Surrey to compete in the 100m hurdles in the English Schools Track and Field Championship in Birmingham on July 8 – her main goal for this season. She qualified in the heats to reach the final, finishing fifth with a personal best of 14.33s.

Megan commented: “Thanks to the support of Charterhouse Club I have achieved so much this season already. I have seen a real improvement in my overall performance. During the English Schools Track and Field Championship I was also part of the 4x100m senior girls relay team where, after a heat, we achieved gold and a championship best performance of 46.80s in the final.”

She went on to be selected to compete with the Guildford and Godalming Athletics Club relay team at the London Olympic Park for the opening Connect Club Relays at the Muller Anniversary Games on July 9. The team came away with gold for the Guildford and Godalming under-20s girls team with a club personal best of 45.75s, and now rank second to the under 20s GB team.

James Steward, a personal fitness trainer at Charterhouse Club, said: “We are very proud of Megan and we all know how hard she has been working and we would like to congratulate her. She has achieved really great things. Megan started training during her off-season, which meant that she would be competing more and more as the weeks went on.”

Megan added: “Thanks to the support of Charterhouse Club, I have been using the facilities and trained regularly. I have enjoyed working on a strength and conditioning programme with help from the fitness instructors. The training programme developed for me has enabled me to be injury-free during competition season and benefited my strength and stamina greatly when competing in the 100m hurdles.

“This is a big difference to last year, where without this support I suffered injury and a weaker finish. I have developed better core strength and power in my arms and quads, noticing that I am now much stronger at the end of a race, which has made two of my event finals extremely close finishes.”