ATHLETICS: English Schools’ selection for four Hunts AC stars - and Masters medals at the other end of the spectrum

Hunts AC runners Shannon Flockhart and Joey Croft have both been selected for the English Schools Ch

Hunts AC runners Shannon Flockhart and Joey Croft have both been selected for the English Schools Championships. - Credit: Archant

Four Hunts AC talents have been selected for the English Schools Championships.

Sprinter Julian Priest, hurdler Joe Purbrick, steeplechaser Joey Croft and middle-distance star Shannon Flockhart have all made the cut to represent Cambridgeshire at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on July 7/8.

Priest will race in the Junior Boys 200m – an event in which he sits second in the UK rankings.

He earned selection thanks to a terrific success in the recent Anglian Schools Championships, when he clocked 22.8 to better his own club record.

He also posted a new Hunts AC best of 36.7 for the 300m at the same meeting.


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Purbrick, who is still in his first year at Junior Boys level, ran a personal-best 11.8 to win the 80m hurdles at the Anglian event.

Flockhart also got the nod in her first season as an Intermediate Girls athlete. She’ll race over 800m in Birmingham after taking victory over the longer 1500m in the Anglian Schools Championships.

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Joey Croft (Senior Boys) was also victorious in the 1500m at regional level, but he’ll go over the barriers in Birmingham when contesting the 2000m steeplechase.

Another Hunts AC member, Owen King, is a reserve for the 100m in the Senior Boys bracket.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Hunts AC star Richard Phelan was jumping for joy at the British Masters Championship.

Phelan cleared 1.55m to retain his title in the M55 high jump and followed up with a silver medal in the pole vault thanks to a 3.00m leap.

Dave Connell won a silver medal in the Senior Men’s 3000m steeplechase at the recent County Developmental meeting in St Ives – he set the 75th new club record of 2017 in the process courtesy of a 10:21.83 time, which bettered his own veteran’s best.

Hunts AC have also enjoyed success out on the roads after a stack of fine finishes at the Ramsey Abbey 10k last Sunday.

Connell was their leading man when taking third place overall in 34.08 – his quickest time for three years.

Mark Barry (M35), Ty Farrer (M40), Sean Barker (M50), Shane Hunt (M55), Alan Burgin (M60) and Jim Stocker (M65) were all first home in their age groups.

Amelia Darnell was the first Under 20 Women’s finisher while Issy Wilkins was the first girl in the 2.1k fun run.

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