Masters medallists lead Hunts AC trophy haul

HUNTINGDONSHIRE AC enjoyed a week of success on all fronts, winning medals at indoor, cross-country and road-running meets, including two national championship medals. Penny Butcher and William Bradley delivered silver and bronze medals respectively in th

HUNTINGDONSHIRE AC enjoyed a week of success on all fronts, winning medals at indoor, cross-country and road-running meets, including two national championship medals.

Penny Butcher and William Bradley delivered silver and bronze medals respectively in the National Master Indoor Pentathlon Championships.

Butcher came second in the W50 category in her first ever national championships, setting club indoor Masters records in the long jump, high jump and 800m at the Lea Valley Indoor Athletics Centre in London.

In the M60 category, Bradley took the bronze medal, despite having started training only in November.


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Inspired by the story of Jennifer Coville, who won silver at the National Outdoor Pentathlon championships in September, Bradley returned to the sport after decades and set club records in the high jump, long jump and 1,000m.

Going into the final event, the 1,000m, Bradley was out of the medals by 100pts, but produced a gutsy run from the front to win by 14 clear seconds and secure the bronze by just six points.

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At the Eastern Veterans AC Indoor Championships at Lea Valley, Mike Scott, Geoff Brewster and Derek Darnell all took home gold medals.

Scott won the M45 800m by 1.6 seconds in 2:19.73, Brewster cruised to the M50 800m title by 14 seconds in 2:19.77 and Darnell made it a golden Hunts hat-trick by winning the M50 1500m by a comfortable 18-second margin in 5:16.63.

Hakeem Duckworth-Porter showed his winter training is paying off when he won the U17 Men's 60m race at the Midland Counties Open Meet in Birmingham, crossing the line in 7.75secs.

At the Cambridgeshire County Schools cross-country championships in Royston, Riverside Runners' Carla Humphrey won the Junior Girls' race, despite going off-course towards the end, and Tom Hemingway finished in ninth in the Junior Boys' race. In the Intermediate Boys' race, Ollie McGlashan took third and Peter Taine 14th, and Emily Boast made up for missing the start of the Senior Girls' race by recovering to finish 10th.

All five runners progress to the Anglian Schools Championships at Hinchingbrooke Park on Saturday February 6.

Emma Butcher and James Downing of Hunts AC will also be there after second-place finishes in the Senior Girls' and Junior Boys' races respectively. They will be joined at the regional championships by team-mates Katie Scholey, Faye McLellan and Silas Whitmore-Tennant.

At the Folksworth 15-mile race, Dave Connell ran a blinder to take fifth place out of 416 finishers in an excellent time of 1:28.43, ahead of seven other Hunts AC runners. Tracey Patmore was the top Riverside Runner in 23rd place in a PB of 1:37.30.

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