Brad takes bronze

A WARKWORTH teenager won a national bronze medal at the weekend and was the only individual medallist from Northumberland at the event.

Fourteen-year-old Brad Sansom finished third in the junior boys shot-put at the Aviva ESAA English Schools’ 81st Track and Field Championships at Gateshead International Stadium on Saturday.

But ambitious Brad, who was in silver-medal position until the very last throw when another competitor launched a huge personal best, wasn’t entirely pleased with his third-place finish and a throw of 13.92m, saying he ‘could have done better’.

“I have got next year to try to get second or first,” he added.

Mum Clare Edmond was more positive about the day though.

She said: “It was absolutely brilliant – the weather was great and there were so many people there.

“Unfortunately, Sky Sports only filmed the track events. If you had seen it you wouldn’t have known there was any shot-put or javelin.

“I’m really, really proud of him.”

She also thanked his rugby coaches from Alnwick Lions, one of whom went to the event, for their support and Stainless Service Northern Engineering, of Amble, who sponsored Brad.

Runner Phillip Winkler also represented Northumberland at the championships, in the junior boys 800 metres.

The 14-year-old Morpeth Harrier from Whittingham did not make the final but gave his all and ran a superb personal best of 2min6.32secs to finish sixth in an ultra-competitive heat where he was up against the number one ranked boy in the UK for 2011 and three others ranked in the top 10.

The winner went on to take the English Schools’ title.