Brown’s the silver lady on big stage

Izzie Brown in action
Izzie Brown in action
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Izzie Brown continued her emergence by storming to a silver medal at the Aviva English Schools’ Championship.

The Chichester Runners & AC ace collected a second-placed finish in Gateshead as her outdoor season-to-remember rolls on.

Brown’s leap of 1.69m was enough to secure her result in the north east – and improve on last year’s bronze medal at the same meet.

It also racked up another success for the 17-year-old after also picking up a second-placed finish in the England Athletics Championships at under-20 level last month.

Brown’s hard work is paying off following on from her personal best leap of 1.73m at the National Indoor Championships, which earned second place, in May.

The combined eventer had to tackle testing conditions at the English Schools, with organisers close to pulling the plug on the competition in the wet weather.

Her coach, Dave Churcher, explained there was a degree of frustration with Brown determined to go all the way.

But there was much to be proud about in her display.

Churcher said: ‘It was a windy, rain-soaked day and, at one stage, it was on the point of being called off.

‘She was pleased but maybe just a little disappointed because it was so close.

‘Izzie said afterwards she really wanted that win.

‘But the track was rain-sodden and very heavy which slowed things down.

‘There was a lot for Izzie to be happy about.

‘There’s a lot of good jumpers out there and the competition is tough.

‘So we were all happy to get the silver after winning the bronze last year.

‘Now it’s onwards and upwards because there’s a lot to look forward to.’

Brown’s versatility has been evident in combined events action this season.

The Mountbatten Centre-trained athlete came through the regional English Schools Combined Events Championships in gritty fashion to book her place in the national finals next month.

After some performances below her best mark, Brown found a personal best in the javelin and then delivered a gritty 800m display to finish third in the heptathlon in her category and make it to the Bedford final. It was the resilience of that performance which impressed her coach.

Churcher said: ‘We were at Watford for the regional combined events championships.

‘She was a bit down on all of her events but got a PB in the javelin and ran a super 800m to get her place.

‘It was a really good performance where she dug in and made it count.

‘So now she has the finals in September in Bedford to focus on.

‘It’s a busy time and there’s a lot to be very, very pleased about.’