Berkshire County T&F championships – TVAC, Eton 13th May

Report from Bob Broadbridge:

The Berkshire County Athletics championships at Eton on Sunday saw 12 Newbury AC athletes in action, and they delivered some quite outstanding performances.

The throwers led the way re-writing the record books, with 3 and very nearly 4 all-time Championship Best Performances.

Charlotte Payne won the Under 17 Hammer with 62m53 for a Championship Record. The throw is several metres clear as the UK number 1 in 2018, and exceeds the qualifying standard for this year’s European Youth Championships. Charlotte followed this up with another Championship record in the Under 17 Discus with 41m76 – Charlotte also leads the UK rankings in the Discus in 2018.

Helen Broadbridge broke the Championship record in the Women’s Hammer, taking the gold medal with a throw of 51m10. Helen also picked up Silvers in the Women’s Discus and Shot, losing only to GB International throwers in each of these events.

In the Under 20 Men’s throws, Oliver Hewitt won Discus with 45m52, just 48cm short of the Championship record. He also came 2nd in the Hammer with 61m57, losing out to the current UK number 1. He also came 3rd in the Shot.

Maisie Jeger was a double gold medallist in the Under 15 girls. Maisie won the shot with a throw of 11m11 and the Long Jump with 5m16 – both distances exceed the English Schools qualifying standards. Further demonstrating her multi events talent, Maisie took bronze in the 75m Hurdles in 12.42 seconds.   

Newbury had 3 more County Champions, with Trinity O’Connor winning the Under 17  girls Pole Vault with 2m50, Jess Franklin winning the women’s 1500m in 5m02s, and Mike Robbins winning the 800m in 2m04s. Mike also took silver in the 1500m.

Two more silvers came from Scarlett O’Connor in the Under 15 girls High Jump, and Kitty Mainwaring in the Under 13 Quadrathlon – producing excellent performances in Shot, Long Jump, 75m and 600m. 

Three more bronzes came from Ben Wickens in the Men’s 800m, plus Phil Marshall and Rebecca Downie in Men’s and Women’s 1500m respectively. Emma Downie put up a great fight in a hard fought Under 17 1500, but had to settle for 5th.

Two other members of the Newbury throws squad also set new Championship records in the Wiltshire County Championships. Hammer throwing brothers Josh and Harry Ricketts broke the records in the Under 20 and Under 15 Hammer with throws of 47m27 and 43m97 respectively, making a total of 5 new County Championship records on the day for the throws group.

 

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