Cheriece and Shannon Hylton, the Blackheath & Bromley twins, have both come away from the European Junior Championships at Eskilstuna in Sweden with an individual silver medal and a relay gold. Not only that, both set personal bests.

Cheriece was the first in action in the 400 metres winning her heat in 53.99. She then improved to 53.16 in the final finishing in second place behind fellow Briton Laviai Nelson.

Shannon also had a smooth passage through to the final of the 200 metres winning her heat in 23.16 and her semi in 22.79 her fastest ever time, albeit wind assisted. She went even quicker in the final timing 22.73, again wind assisted to win the silver medal. She did not have time to celebrate Saturday night as she was back in action the following day in the 4x100. The Great Britain quartet recorded 45.32 in their heat and were the third fastest of the qualifying teams. It was a different story in the final with Shannon running a fine second leg down the back straight and Sutton’s Imani Lansiquot, whose father Richard is a former B&B member, anchoring the team home for gold in a time of 44.17.

Next it was the turn of Cheriece and having won gold and silver in the individual 400 the GB quartet were strongly favoured for victory. They not disappoint winning by three seconds in 3.34.36.

To go to a major Championship and set a personal best is a great achievement, to do so and win a medal even better. Finishing with relay gold made it extra special.

The 18 year olds from Mottingham started their careers with the Bees Academy and have been competing for the Club since they were 11. Like British 100 metre record Dina Asher Smith they are coached by John Blackie at Norman Park track. For all the latest Club news visit the website at