ATHLETICS: Grantham AC women throw well in North of England League

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Twelve men and four women represented Grantham Athletic Club in the first North of England League match of the season at Doncaster, and finished in fifth place overall.

The women performed particularly well in the throwing events, taking first and second places in the four competitions.

Under-17 Jake Richardson achieved a personal best time of 4min 29.8sec in the 1500m, and Chris Bainbridge threw a PB 30.28m in the hammer. Josh Brown equalled his best of 1.85m in the high jump.

The next match is at Sheffield on June 9.

Results: female, 100m - 6A L. Evans 19.4s, 4B N. Collier 13.5s; 200m - 4A N. Collier 27.9s; 400m - 2A N. Collier 62.7s; 800m - 2A N. Collier 2m 24.6s; long jump - 5A L. Evans 2.12m; shot - 1A H. Gilbert 10.24m, 1B S. Garner 7.40m pb; discus - 2A L. Evans 32.07m, 1B H. Gilbert 20.88m; javelin - 2A H. Gilbert 28.14m, 1B L. Evans 24.02m; hammer - 2A H. Gilbert 38.71m, 1B S. Garner 32.50m pb.

Male, 100m - 6A I. Charles 12.2s, 6B K. Bumby 12.1s; 200m - 6A J. Lord 28.7s, 5B J. Richardson 26.8s; 400m - 2A J. Brown 53.8s, 1B K. Bumby 57.4s; 800m - 4A B. Orridge 2m 10.8s, 2B A. Madge 2m 24.1s; 1500m - 3A J. Richardson 4m 29.8s pb, 2B J. Lord 4m 43.3s; 5,000m - 4A A. Short 17m 46.1s; 400m hurdles - 4A M. Gray 77.8s; 3,000m steeplechase - 4A B. Orridge 12m 27.3s, 2B M. Gray 13m 19.3s; high jump - 2A J. Brown 1.85m =pb; long jump - 6A I. Charles 4.50m, 5A M. Gray 4.18m; pole vault - 3A M. Gray 2.60m; shot - 6A C. Bainbridge 7.67m, 5B B. Lord 7.07m; discus - 5A B. Lord 23.48m, 4B C. Bainbridge 22.07m; javelin - 2A J. Brown 45.46m, 5B M. Gray 28.18m; hammer - 1A P. Garner 32.30m, 1B C. Bainbridge 30.28m pb; 4x100m relay - 5 Grantham AC 54.2s; 4x400m relay - 2 Grantham AC 3m 54.1s.

l Local athletes performed well in Lincolnshire AA and Schools Combined Events Championships at Grantham last weekend.

Phoebe Richards-Cole won the under-13 triathlon, Zoe Lucas the under-17 girls’ heptathlon, and Joshua Brown the under-17 boys’ octathlon.

Josh’s score of 4,863 places himm at the top of the UK rankings, and broke his existing club record by more than 100 points. His javelin throw of 49.80m also set a new club record and he recorded personal bests in the shot and 1500m.

The East Anglian regional finals for schools will be held at Boston on June 22/23, with athletes from eight counties competing.