IT has been a successful time for Colchester Harriers’ athlete Rebecca Jeggo.

At the Dagenham Open, competing against some of the higher-ranked UK athletes, she won both the 100 metres and 200m sprint races in personal best (PB) and club record times.

Her time of 11.72s improved her UK U23 Age group ranking to 6th, and her 200m time of 23.83s to an eighth-place ranking.

The next weekend, Rebecca took the sprint double again at the Essex County Championships in time of 11.87s and 24.53s, receiving the John Monaghan trophy for the senior 100m title.

She then received an invitation to compete for the England Senior 4x100m relay team at both the Welsh Athletics International invitational at Cardiff and the Manchester International.

In the Cardiff relay, Rebecca ran second leg, holding her own against the fastest athletes from Wales and Scotland.

Unfortunately, England failed to finish the race when the third and fourth leg athletes were not able to the complete the baton handover.

The following day several of the athletes also competed in the 100m. In the first heat, won by GB Olympic relay squad member Ashleigh Nelson, two hundredths of a second separated second and fourth places, with Rebecca qualifying for the final in a time of 11.76s.

The final was again a keenly-contested event with eight hundredths separating second and fifth places.

Rebecca, finishing strongly, took third in a personal best time of 11.66s, improving her U23 ranking to 5th.

The Manchester International is recognised as one of the premier track and field events in the domestic athletics calendar.

England take on teams from Wales and Northern Ireland as well as the National Athletics League and Great Britain and Northern Ireland [GB&NI] U20s.

As well as her England relay place Rebecca was invited by the National Athletics League to represent them in the main 100m event.

This was always going to be a close race, with four hundredths of a second separating the season best times for the starting athletes going into the race. On a cold and dreary Manchester evening, Rebecca took bronze in a time of 11.89s.

Rebecca’s final event of the season was the 4x100m relay, again running the second leg.

England’s preparations were disrupted with an injury to a team member in an earlier race, and the team had to draw on their reserve athlete.

Receiving the baton after a strong opening leg Rebecca extended England’s lead down the back straight, which was maintained by the final legs to secure the win and a gold medal.

This was the perfect end to a season that began with winter training on muddy university fields and only having use of a home gym. due to the Covid restrictions.

This draws her 2021 season to a close and after a short break, Rebecca will begin winter training to prepare for her next season.