ATHLETICS: Grantham AC well represented in East Midlands Sportshall Final

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The Sportshall East Midland Combined Final took place at The Meres leisure centre on Sunday, with 23 athletes from Grantham AC representing the Lincolnshire county team.

A sterling performance was put in by all the Lincs athletes who were up against the larger counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire.

The under-11 team had 24 athletes, eight of whom were from Grantham AC. They were Rachel Justice, Mary Justice, Alexia Johnson, Erin O’Flaherty, Lucas Atkinson, Danny Yates, Kattie Atter, and Marrianne Jallow. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams finished in fourth place.

The under-13 girls’ team of 10 included Amy Hunt, Scarlett Armstrong, Helen Braybrook, Isabel Hobday and Jessica Oates from Grantham AC. The team came equal fourth with Northamptonshire.

There was an outstanding performance came from Amy, finishing first in the four-lap race and runners-up in the shot putt.

The under-13 boys’ team of nine included Gareth Lee who qualified for the four-lap race final, finishing in fifth place.

The under-15 girls’ team were all Grantham AC members and they finished fourth in a close fought final. The team consisted of Hannah Sharp, Florence Ireland, Molly Colbert, Jemima Nambo and Francesca Wilson. Jemima had an outstanding performance in the standing long jump with 2.21m, which gave her a ranking of 16th in the East Midlands.

The under-15 boys’ team of six finished third and included four from Grantham AC. They were Ethan Richards-Cole, Sam Cartwright, Rhys Potter and Ben Whinney.

The outstanding performance was from Sam with third in the speed bounce and third in the standing long jump, ranking him fourth in the East Midlands and just missing out on the national final at Manchester.

Results: U13 Girls – Amy Hunt 4LR 51.4 1st, Shot 8.48m 2nd; Scarlet Armstrong 6LR 1.35 10th, VJ 45 8th; Helen Braybrook 2LR 26.2 7th, SLJ 1.74m 7th; Isabel Hobday 6LR 1.34 9th, STJ 4.28 10th; Jessica Oates STJ 5.48m 6th.

U13 Boys – Gareth Lee 4LR 52.8 5th, VJ 41 9th.

U15 Girls – Hannah Sharp 4LR 56.6 12th, SB 62 12th VJ 56 4th; Florence Ireland 2LR 25.6 8th, Shot 5.97 10th, VJ 52 7th; Molly Colbert 2LR 27.3 11th, Shot 6.79 8th, SLJ 1.93 11th; Jemima Nambo 4LR 56.1 11th, SB 69 10th, SLJ 2.21 2nd; Francesca Wilson 4LR 54.2 9th, SB 72 9th, SLJ 2.00 10th.

U15 Boys – Ethan Richards-Cole 4LR 52.4 9th, SB 72 5th, STJ 6.36 8th; Sam Cartwright 4LR 48.6 4th, SB 78 3rd, SLJ 2.40 3rd; Rhys Potter 2LR 23.3 3rd, Shot 6.29 10th, STJ 5.90 10th; Ben Whinney 4LR 55.2 11th, SB 60 11th, SLJ 1.84 11th.