Charlotte’s season of hammer progress

Charlotte Williams in her Lancashire kit at the England Schools' hammer final (s).
Charlotte Williams in her Lancashire kit at the England Schools' hammer final (s).

Following a fantastic start to the season, Charlotte Williams, a pupil of Saint Augustines High School and a Blackburn Harrier, has gone from strength to strength.

Charlotte was selected to represent her county after reaching the standard of 34metres in the hammer.

She travelled to Gateshead in July to compete against 24 of the country’s best athletes, and set a new personal best, gaining the national standard, reaching 43.71m for fifth. This placed Charlotte sixth in the UK rankings.

And last weekend at the Pendle Medal meeting she threw 48.62m for gold – breaking Blackburn Harriers’ club record and Pendle athletics’ all-time record, while lifting her to fourth in the UK rankings.

Charlotte is the youngest in her age group, and with the athletes currently above her moving into a higher age group, she is on target to be the UK number one next season.

Charlotte is coached at Blackburn Harriers by Michael Hitchon, the father and previous coach of Sophie Hitchon, who was fourth at the recent World Championships in Beijing.

Charlotte said: “At the end of May I had a PB of 34m, and now in just three months I have reached almost 49m.

“I can’t wait for next season when I will be in the upper age of under 15 and hope to improve the same as I have this year.”

Charlotte will now enter a winter training programme, ready to begin the season next April.