Nine athletes will compete at the English Schools’ Athletics Championships

Nine athletes from North Devon will be in Gateshead this weekend for the English Schools’ Athletics Championships.

The members of North Devon Athletics Club qualified for the competition at the South West Championships, which were held in Exeter last month.

Representing the region in the 1,500m steeplechase will be Evee May Banbury in the inter-girls’ category, while Martika Gallagher runs in the senior girls.

They will be joined on the field by Emma Sharpe in the inter-girls’ discus, and Maia Dart for the inter girls javelin.

Emily Tyrrell qualified for the long jump at last month’s South West Championships – she will take part in the junior girls’ category, while Isabel Wakefield will take part in the inter-girls’ event.

Isabel, who usually specialises in heptathlon, was keen to try her hand at an individual event before heading to London for multi-event training.

She said: “This has been a different season for me, with moving up to the 100m hurdles in order to compete in the U18 heptathlon.

“I have chosen to compete in the long jump, which I am excited about as it will bring a new challenge.

“I am just aiming to relax and enjoy myself – hopefully, coming back with a new pb.”

On the track, Megan Gallagher will be looking for glory.

Megan, who is ranked third in the UK takes part in the 300m hurdles after running a personal best of 44.22 seconds at the South West Championships.

Gallagher will be looking to break the 44 second mark at Gateshead.

She said: “I am feeling excited about the competition as I’d really like to break the 44 second barrier.

“I’m very close to doing so and I feel much more confident than last year – hopefully, I can show what I’ve learnt from last year’s competition.

“My aims going into the competition are to get to the final and then hopefully get a podium position.

“For the rest of the season, if I don’t achieve a 43 second run at English schools, then that will be the goal.”

Megan’s sister Caitlin will take part in the triple jump after a qualifying distance of 11.04m – 14cm over the English Schools’ qualifying standard.