Grantham athletes triumph up north
A Grantham Athletic Club senior team competed in the final league match of the season in Halifax on Saturday and secured a second place position on the day to win the Northern League Division 4EC Championship for 2018.
A smaller than planned for team headed north for the match. A combination of family holiday commitments, injuries and a car breakdown depleted the size of the team to 14 athletes on the day.
Despite this, a number of personal bests and a club record were achieved, with Michael Burr clearing 1.93m in the men's high jump along with an improved long jump personal best, clearing six metres again.
Overall, 26 first, eight second and four third places generated the bulk of the points across the track and field events, with many jumps and throws gaining maximum points, time and again across the matches.
The combination of youth from young athletes coming into the team and experience from the veterans has brought about this success across the series, with promotion that had eluded the club for four years.
The quality amongst the senior team bodes well for the club's efforts in Division 3EC next summer.
Results: men – 100m 4A Jack Graham 12.5s =PB, 2B Michael Burr 12.2s PB; 200m 5A Jack Graham 26.6s, 4B Joe Holmes 26.9s PB; 400m 3A Gareth Lee 55.2s, 1B Joe Holmes 58.7s; 800m 1A Gareth Lee 2:12.1m, 1B Rori Rodell 2:13.1m; 1500m 3A Rori Rodell 4:49.7m; 3,000mSC 6A Sam Bainbridge 15:12.6m; 5,000m 6A Sam Bainbridge 23:38.0m PB; hammer 1A Christopher Bainbridge 52.13m, 1B Philip Garner 31.86m; discus 1A Christopher Bainbridge 39.06m, 1B Philip Garner 25.47m; shot 1A Christopher Bainbridge 11.85m, 1B Mark Atkin 9.95m; javelin 1A Christopher Bainbridge 47.37m, 1B Joe Holmes 37.69m PB; long jump 1A Michael Burr 6.09m PB, 1B Jack Graham 5.34m PB; triple jump 1A Michael Burr 12.57m, 1B Mark Atkin 10.95m PB; high jump 1A Michael Burr 1.93m PB/=CR, 1B Joe Holmes 1.75m; 4x100m 3 Grantham AC 50.0s; 4x400m 1 Grantham AC 3:48.6s.
Women – 400m 2A Helen Braybrook 63.4s, 2B Betty Gash 88.4s; 800m 1A Helen Braybrook 2:31.5m, 2B Betty Gash 3:08.5m; 1500m 5A Betty Gash 6:44.7m; 3,000m 5A Betty Gash 13:58.9m; hammer 1A Helen Gilbert 37.19m, 1B Sarah Garner 24.23m; discus 2A Sarah Garner 21.95m, 1B Helen Gilbert 21.69m; shot 1A Helen Gilbert 9.67m, 1B Sarah Garner 7.41m; javelin 1A Helen Gilbert 28.50m, 2B Sarah Garner 15.20m; high jump 3A Helen Braybrook 1.35m PB.