Jolly good county effort from Jasmine

Jasmine Jolly, 12, competing in the long jump at the Lancashire Track and Field County Championship at Stanley Park, Blackpool
Jasmine Jolly, 12, competing in the long jump at the Lancashire Track and Field County Championship at Stanley Park, Blackpool

Aspiring young runner Jasmine Jolly is making her name on the tracks after setting a new championship record and picking up a haul of medals at the Lancashire Track and Field County Championship.

Preston Harrier’s member Jasmine, 12, from Garstang made her mark with a new championship best performance in the 800m, also taking gold in the 1,500m in the games at Blackpool’s Stanley Park. Jasmine also took to the field picking up a double
silver in the long jump and high jump competitions.

It is the latest in a string of successes for the talented middle and long-distance runner who has already had a busy year at county and national level.

She finished 26th in the English Cross Country Inter-counties Championship in Birmingham leading the 
Lancashire team.

The Garstang Community Academy pupil also picked up a first for the school, winning the Lancashire Schools Cross County Championship, 20 seconds ahead of her nearest rival and beating 83 competitors.

Jasmine, who has ambitions to compete professionally, said: “I am determined - I don’t really get nervous before a race and I try to focus on my own run. If there is someone in front I will stick to them and just keep on going but my aim is to win.”

Jasmine entered five events in the championships for the Under 13s girls categories the 1,500m, long jump, 800m, high jump and shot put.

She ran her 1,500m race in a time of 5 min 03 secs and won the silver in the long jump with a distance of 4.42m. She was narrowly beaten by the winner with a jump of 4.45m.

But her main ambition of the weekend competition was to set a new Championship Best Performance (CBP) in the 800m race. She ran a time of 2 min 24 secs, shaving two seconds off the previous record set in 2011.

Mum Maria Jolly added: “Jasmine continues to fulfil her ambition in athletics and it was an excellent performance. We are very proud of her.”

Katie Rainbow, head of girls PE at Garstang Community Academy said: “Jasmine is a very talented athlete and I see an extremely bright future for her.”