ATHLETICS: Gold medal double for Grantham AC 400m man Joshua

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Grantham Athletic Club teenager Joshua Brown collected two gold medals at the Schools Invitation competition in Dublin on Saturday.

Representing England and competing against athletes from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Priory Ruskin Academy student Joshua went into the event hoping to perhaps pick up a medal in the under-17 400m hurdles. But he triumphed in style to take the win in 55.43sec, with his nearest rival crossing the finish line in 56.05.

Josh’s second goal came when he ran a leg of the 4x400m relay with the England team taking victory in 3:26.17.

l Grantham AC’s Lewis Davey flew to the top of the UK rankings for under-13 high jumpers with a leap of 1.58m in the National Youth Development League meeting at Derby last Saturday.

It was a 13cm beating of his previous best of 1.45m that already equalled the Grantham AC record. Lewis also finished first in the 100m and 200m.

James Hall and Ethan Richards-Cole produced personal best performances in the 200m and javelin respectively. In the under-13 girls, Abbie-Mae Smith achieved a PB in the 150m.

PBs were attained in the under-15 girls by Letitia Barrowcliff (1500m, long jump), Paris Duffree (high jump), Gabbie Lord (shot), Saskia Hunt (shot) and Ruth Payne (javelin). The girls finished first in both the A and B strings at discus, javelin and hammer.

Results: Girls under-13, 75m - 8A M. Holmes 13.2s; 150m - 8A A.-M. Smith 26.4s pb, 8B M. Holmes 26.6s; 70m hurdles - 6A A.-M. Smith 16.8s.

Girls under-15, 100m - 6A A. Newell 14.8s, 3B F. Ireland 14.1s; 200m - 5A F. Wilson 29.4s, 2B K. Davis-Bavi 29.3s; 800m - 5A K. Newell 2m 45.6s; 1500m - 5A L. Barrowcliff 5m 41.6s pb, 2B S. Hunt 5m 56.7s; 75m hurdles - 2A F. Wilson 13.6s, 2B H. Payne 13.3s; high jump - 4A P. Duffree 1.40m pb, 4B K. Newell 1.15m; long jump - 4A H. Payne 4.48m, 4B L. Barrowcliff 3.85m pb; shot - 4A G. Lord 5.35m pb, 3B S. Hunt 4.68m pb; discus - 1A A. Newell 17.80m, 1B R. Payne 17.05m; javelin - 1A P. Duffree 19.66m, 1B R. Payne 18.49m pb; hammer - 1A G. Lord 19.79m, 1B R. Payne 16.15m; 4x100m relay - 3 Grantham AC 57.0s.

Boys under-13, 100m - 1A L. Davey 14.2s; 800m - 5A G. Halton 2m 49.6s, 1B A. Hunt 2m 38.5s; high jump - 1A L. Davey 1.58m pb cr; javelin - 5A G. Halton 10.40m.

Boys under-15, 100m - 3A J. Hall 12.5s, 6B J. Palin 14.6s; 200m - 4A J. Hall 25.3s pb; 1500m - A E. Richards-Cole 5m 24.7s; long jump - 7A J. Palin 4.11m; javelin - 3A E. Richards-Cole 26.38m pb.