Best of British for Peebles jumper Faye

Faye Nicholson flies to an indoot PB at Sheffield last weekend.
Faye Nicholson flies to an indoot PB at Sheffield last weekend.

PEEBLES athlete and Edinburgh University teaching student Faye Nicholson travelled to Sheffield last weekend to compete in the long jump at the British University and Colleges Championships.

One of the youngest in a high-class field of 43 jumpers, Nicholson produced an impressive indoor personal best performance of 5.75m on the first day of competition to survive the first cut to 12 jumpers.

Competing on the second day, she once again had to be on top form to make the final.

Her leap of 5.66m secured a place in the last eight, where she eventually finished in seventh spot. With women’s long jumping in Scotland in its heyday, three of the final eight jumpers at Sheffield were Scottish. Jade Nimmo, the national record holder, was the overall winner with a new championship best of 6.37m.

Also in action at the weekend in Birmingham was Nicholson’s training partner Freddie Rooke. Competing in the England Under-15 Championships, he progressed through the qualifying rounds and produced a lifetime best of 7.28 seconds in the final of the 60m, just being pipped for bronze. The winner was Cameron Lyttle from London in 7.12.