ATHLETICS: Ashford AC’s star pole-vaulter Ellie Gooding won a bronze medal at the English Athletics National Championships.

She cleared 3.40 metres to finish joint second with Ailis McGovern. Ellie was awarded the bronze on the count-back rule, rather than the silver, as her opponent cleared the height on the first attempt and Ellie managed it on her second.

Ellie has also competed in the Jim Day Memorial Pole Vault event in Sutton to round off a tough season.

She finished it on a high, though, achieving her personal and lifetime best with a vault of 3.62m.

This has now put Ellie joint first in the UK rankings for under-17s and she has leapt from 30th to the top spot in just under a year.


Ellie Gooding
Ellie Gooding

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