ATHLETICS: Hunts AC medal marvels star on the county stage

PUBLISHED: 13:56 15 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:56 15 May 2018

Ayo Opaleye during his record-breaking triple jump success.

Ayo Opaleye during his record-breaking triple jump success.


Hunts AC enjoyed a stunning wave of success at the Cambridgeshire County Championships last Saturday.

Ella Reed enjoyed long jump and triple jump success.Ella Reed enjoyed long jump and triple jump success.

Their athletes delivered a series of terrific performances to reign at the Embankment Track in Peterborough.

Ayo Opaleye was arguably the pick of many fine Hunts AC performers as he broke the championship triple jump record – which had stood for 38 years – when leaping to 12.25m to win the Under 15 Boys triple jump.

Opaleye also captured high-jump glory with a 1.60m clearance and added a silver medal to his collection in the 200m in a personal best of 24.97.

Willow Bedding also set a new county championship best – twice – on her way to Under 13 Girls discus delight.

Eleanor Phipps on her way to pole vault glory.Eleanor Phipps on her way to pole vault glory.

Her efforts of 22.70m and 23.42m both bettered the previous mark which had stood since 2005.

Bedding also set a new club record in the process and climbed to fifth in the national rankings before taking silver in the shot putt with a personal best of 7.66m.

Ella Reed was jumping for joy after Under 15 Girls long jump (4.70m) and triple jump (9.43m) victories. She also bagged a bonus bronze medal in the 100m.

Sprint king Julian Priest did the 100m (11.38) and 200m (23.01) double in the Under 17 Men’s section while Shannon Flockhart triumphed over 800m (season’s best of 2.13.34) and 300m (42.52) in the Under 17 Women bracket.

Willow Bedding of Hunts AC during her discus success.Willow Bedding of Hunts AC during her discus success.

Nicole Covell (Under 20 Women, 800m), Conall McGinness (Under 17 Men, 800m), Katie Wright (Under 17 Women, 300m hurdles), Eleanor Phipps (Under 17 Women, pole vault), Lottie Knights (Under 17 Women, long jump), Spencer Taylor (Under 15 Boys, 80m hurdles), Issy Wilkins (Under 15 Girls, 1,500m) and Maisie Isaac (Under 15 Girls, high jump) also struck gold.

Lucy Waller (Under 20 Women, 400m hurdles and 800m), Amelia Darnell (Under 20 Women, 1,500m), Thomas Smith (Under 17 Men, hammer), Lizzy Harrison (Under 15 Girls, 100m and 200m), Emma Phipps (Under 15 Girls, pole vault), Tom Waterworth (Under 13 Boys, 800m), Caitlan Burke (Under 13 Girls, 1,500m), Tamzin Digpal-Race (Under 13 Girls, high jump), Moria Howard (Under 13 Girls, 200m and long jump), bagged silver medals.

And bronze medals went to Steve Burke (Senior Men, hammer), Spencer Trewin (Under 17 Men, triple jump), Smith (Under 17 Men, discus), Markus Downhill (Under 15 Boys, 80m hurdles), Lexi Flockhart (Under 13 Girls, 800m), Digpal-Race (Under 13 Girls, javelin).


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