On Monday 4th May 2015, Imogen Pascal (Year 7), Chloe Riley-Latenkov (Year 9), and Sophie Baker-Sanders (Year 9) all attended the ‘Herne Hill Harriers Open Meeting’ at Tooting Bec Athletics Track.

This was the girls’ first ever experience of an official athletic meeting, and their times were electronically recorded. Imogen and Chloe competed in the 100m, and Sophie in the 200m. Imogen ran 15.49secs, Chloe 15.58secs and Sophie ran 33.19secs!

At the end of the meeting Chloe and Sophie met the former Great Britain international athlete and the 1992 Olympic Games 400m Hurdles Champion Sally Gunnell!

Up until last year, Sally was the only female British athlete to have won Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles, and was the only female 400m hurdler in history to have won the Olympic, and World titles, and broken the world record!

Sally very kindly offered the girls some advice ahead of their forthcoming Croydon Schools Track & Field Championships.

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