ATHLETICS: Town club teenagers perform well at Inter-County match

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TEN members of Grantham Athletic Club were selected to represent Lincolnshire AA in the North of England Inter-County match for under-17s and under-15s at Leigh Sports Village, Lancashire, on Saturday.

Ten counties compete in the fixture with two athletes per county contesting each event. In spite of a 6.20am start from Grantham and very hot weather conditions, the athletes performed well and did themselves justice.

Jac Heanen achieved a personal best and set a new club record, coming third in the under-17 100m hurdles in a time of 14.14sec. Joshua Brown achieved a personal best of 12.39 in the under-15 100m and Millie Cooper equalled her season’s best of 11.81 to take second place in the under-17 80m hurdles.

Results: Under-15 girls’, 200m - 13 Aimee Kettle 28.75s, 15 Tilly Ireland 30.13s; high jump - 10 Zoe Lucas 1.45m; discus - 9 Savannah Dowse 17.91m; shot - 4 Savannah Dowse 9.77m.

Under-17 girls’, 80m hurdles - 2 Millie Cooper 11.81s; 400m - 13 Millie Cooper 63.85s.

Under-15 boys’, 100m - 10 Joshua Brown 12.39s pb; 80m hurdles - 9 Joshua Brown 12.98s; long jump - 5 Joshua Brown 5.62m; discus - 11 Ed Cole 24.33m; shot - 6 Ed Cole 10.76m.

Under-17 boys’, 100m - 8 Oliver Kiy 11.88s, 9 Dion Elba-Porter 12.17s; 400m - 11 Oliver Kiy 54.79s; 100m hurdles - 3 Jac Heanen 14.14s pb cr; long jump - 3 Jac Heanen 6.12m; high jump - 9 1.70m.

+ Ladies from Grantham were represented in the Midlands’ oldest road race at Heckington on Saturday.

The 46-year-old Heckington 10-mile event was held as part of the annual Heckington Show. First of the Grantham trio was Julie Stewart in 1hr 20min 20sec, followed by Trudy Hanson in 1.26.59 – both of whom showed their training is well on course for next month’s Robin Hood Marathon.

Stepping up to the classic 10-mile distance for the first time was Grantham Running Club’s Lucy Roberts who recorded a respectable 1.41.28 in her first year of running..