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Athletes Eljay Secker and Max Roe have both qualified for the English Schools finals at Sportcity Manchester




Talented duo Eljay Secker and Max Roe have both qualified for the English Schools intermediate boys 100 metre hurdles final.

The Peterborough and Nene Valley team-mates will both be competing on Saturday in the finals at Sportcity Manchester.

Both are ranked in the United Kingdom’s top 16 for hurdles despite qualifying events being few and far between due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Hurdles duo Eljay Secker (number 20) and Max Roe. Photo: Steve Casey
Hurdles duo Eljay Secker (number 20) and Max Roe. Photo: Steve Casey

Roe – who attends Bourne Grammar School – travelled to Chelmsford and put in a run of 14.26 seconds to secure his qualification.

Secker – a student at the University Academy Holbeach who also sits in the top 16 for combined events – headed to Sandy in Bedfordshire and ran 14.0 on the dot.

This followed his guest entry as a Lincolnshire athlete in the Norfolk Schools Championships at Norwich, which saw his staggering time of 13.6 seconds ruled out due to wind.

The pair provided the backbone of the Lincolnshire Under 17 team in the English Schools combined events meeting at Corby last weekend, with both setting new personal bests.

Roe excelled with a tremendous long jump while Secker’s 4,093 overall points score also qualified him for the octathlon at the national combined events finals at Bedford in September.



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