ATHLETICS: Girls earn best-ever finish and ladies celebrate stack of medals in league finals for Hunts AC

Hunts AC double-winners Margit Bialobrzeska (left) and Jo Abel.

Hunts AC double-winners Margit Bialobrzeska (left) and Jo Abel. - Credit: Archant

A brilliant bunch of Under 13 Girls achieved the best-ever finish by Hunts AC in the East Anglian League Final last weekend.

They finished as runners-up to Ipswich in their age bracket at the season-ending showpiece in Bury St Edmunds.

Lizzy Harrison (4.26m) and Sophie Bambridge (4.04m) claimed victories in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ string triple jump in that age group respectively.

Frequent record-breaker Harrison also posted her fifth 100m club best of the year when taking second place in that event in a time of 13.3.

The Under 15 Boys shared third place in their age bracket with sprinter Julian Priest playing a starring role.

He recorded a 100m and 200m double in the ‘A’ string races – clocking 11.4 for the former race and triumphing over the longer distance in 23.8.

He also produced a leap of 5.72m to record the best long jump by any member of Hunts AC in 2017. It matched the winner’s effort in that event, but Priest missed out on top spot due to having an inferior second-best jump.

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Joe Purbrick also enjoyed a double-success in the Under 15 Boys age group. He won the ‘B’ string 200m in 24.9 and took the ‘B’ string long jump with a 5.35m effort.

Issak Band raised his hammer best by almost eight metres when taking the ‘A’ string honours with 31.57m.

The Hunts AC boys finished sixth with the Under 15 Girls taking seventh spot.

There was also success for some of the club’s older athletes at the Eastern Veterans League Final.

Hunts AC might have been short on quantity with only four ladies lining up in Bedford, but they certainly didn’t lack quality.

Margit Bialobrzeska took javelin and hammer gold in the W35 age group – setting a new club record of 28.27m in the latter event.

There was also a double for Jo Abel in that age bracket as she recorded long jump and triple jump wins, while Sandra Pedley (pole vault) and Penny Butcher (javelin) triumphed in the W50 section.

Priest also completed a 100m and 200m double the previous weekend when representing Cambridgeshire in the Southern Under 15/Under 20 Inter-Counties Championships at Horspath in Oxfordshire.