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Weekend Update

March 11th 2020, 4:15:42 pm

It was our field event athletes that led the way at the weekend at the Loughborough Winter Throws event and Vault Cardiff down in Wales. Elsewhere many of our athletes were representing their counties at the CAU Intercounties Cross Country Championships at Prestwold Hall in Lougborough and our masters were in action at the British Masters indoor championships.

Pole Vault

Loughborough Winter Throws

Our senior throwers were on show at Loughborough and for many this was their first competition of the year. Craig Murch finished a strong second with a throw of 72.95m in the hammer, very close to his personal best. Jess Mayho went one better in winning the women's hammer with a throw of 64.22m which was also not too far off her personal best. Also competing were Chris Shorthouse in the hammer with a throw of 64.22 and Emma Hamplett in the javelin, who threw 49.31m.

Vault Cardiff

Our young athletes were very much on form at Vault Cardiff which saw U17's Milly Woodman-Booth and Tyler Johnson both win their event and both jumped a personal best of exactly the same height of 3.02m. This was an excellent result and the first time both of these athletes have cleared over 3m. Amy Cook was also  in the U17w competition and she jumped 2.72m.

Natalie Hooper was second in the senior women's event with 4.02m and Lizzie Edden cleared a season's best of 3.72m. Multi-eventer Jack Phipps was our only senior male competitor and he recorded a height of 4.72m.

British Masters Championships

Michelle Thomas came home with two first place finishes in the 60m and 200m in the W45 races and Peter Boszko was second in the M70 3km walk.

Inter Counties Cross Country Championships

This is one of the largest events of the year with over 300 athletes in each race, and with athletes having to qualify through the county championships the standard was very high. It was a day of highs and lows with some athletes running very well and others suffering very bad injuries. In the U13 girls Amira Hamilton has an excellent run to finish 33rd and in the U17 women Ella Semple was 35th. Unfortunately in the U17 women's race Ellie Taylor got trampled on and had numerous cuts from spikes and in the U15 boys race Alex Dickson sufferred a very nasty gash that required hospital treatment and Max Chappelle broke his foot so it wasn't a great day for the young athletes. Those that did finish will benefit from the experience of racing at this level as they develop. Full results can be found