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Record time!


By Connor Thompson


Newark sprinter Amy Hunt smashed her personal best and finished the season with a gold medal at the National Athletics Championships.

The 16-year-old raced to first in the 100m event, producing an exceptional run of 11.56 seconds.

The victory was made even sweeter for Hunt after the disappointment she suffered at the European Youth Games two months ago, when she unfortunately missed out on the final at an event she held close to her heat.

Amy Hunt along side Sports Aid and the Nottingham Building Society (4415170)
Amy Hunt along side Sports Aid and the Nottingham Building Society (4415170)

Hunt's continued to go from strength to strength as Kim Collins – a six-time Olympian with St Kitts and Nevis –presented her with a medal at the Bedford meet.

“I was over the moon with how the Nationals went,” said Hunt, who burst onto the sprinting scene in 2017 grabbing hold at the Great North City Games.

“I felt really good in training, I wasn’t expecting the quick time on the day but had I knew it was something I was capable of.

“For different reasons, things weren’t coming together [earlier in the year], I do set high expectation's on myself after the way my first couple of years of competing have gone.

“I’ve focussed on the 100m rather than the 200m this season and I think that’s helped me drive my time down.”

Set to return to the gym in coming weeks and the track a towards the end of the month, Hunt is determined to continue her progress and make a splash in Under-20 events next season.

Her cause is also being helped by The Nottingham Building Society, who are teaming up with charity SportsAid to support 50 local athletes as they try to find their ‘time to shine’, with each receiving £750 of funding.

Having already donated £240,000 to SportsAid to help athletes buy equipment, travel to competitions and gain access to sufficient training, The Nottingham Building Society are now also helping athletes on the path to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.

Despite her successful finish to the season, Hunt is well aware the hard work all over again if she is to achieve her Olympic ambitions.

“There’s a lot of stuff I need to work on in the winter with my coaches,” she said.

“I’m going to focus primarily on strength and endurance work on the track, building up my force.

“I know in the 200m I need to be able to sustain my speed in the final 50m, so that’s something I’ll look at as well.

“It’s exciting and hopefully there are plenty more titles to come.”

Nottingham Building Society and Harrison Murray teamed up with SportsAid in 2013 to help future sports stars get their time to shine.

Visit thenottingham.com to find out more.



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