ATHLETICS: Hunts AC talents impress on the track; Riverside Runners take honours on the roads; BRJ members in marathon tests

Ayo Opaleye leaped to triple jump success and a new Hunts AC club record.

Ayo Opaleye leaped to triple jump success and a new Hunts AC club record. - Credit: Archant

Hunts AC starlet Ayo Opaleye had double cause for celebration last weekend.

Julian Priest (left) raced to 100m success in the Peterborough Open Meet.

Julian Priest (left) raced to 100m success in the Peterborough Open Meet. - Credit: Archant

Not only did the rising star leap to triple jump glory at the Peterborough Open Meet, he also broke a club record which had stood for almost half-a-century.

Opaleye produced a fine 11.52m effort to gain victory at the Embankment Track. It also bettered the previous Under 15 Boys club mark of 11.28 which was set by Paul Bowman 47 years ago!

Julian Priest and Joe Purbrick both claimed 100m victories in Peterborough. Great Britain bobsleigh international Ashley Wilson was among the rivals left in the wake of Priest in his 11.2 seconds performance, while Purbrick clocked 11.9 seconds after battling back from behind to win his race.

Opaleye also raced over 100m and set a new personal best of 12.2 seconds, beating his father Yinka in the process.


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He also got the better of his dad in a 150m race at the first Corby Open event of 2018. That success arrived in a 150m race as he clocked 18.6 seconds, but Opaleye senior did have the consolation of posting a new veteran men’s club record of 19.1 seconds.

Conall McGinness lowered the Under 17 and Under 20 Men’s club records for the 600m with a 1.28.1 time in Corby, while Shannon Flockhart lowered the Under 17 and Under 20 Women’s mark for 1,000m with 3.01.8. Issy Wilkins set a new Under 15 Girls best of 3.10.8 in the same race.

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Riverside Runners enjoyed success on the road when taking male team honours at the Sandy 10.

Rodrigo Santos was their leading performer in sixth place thanks to a new personal best of 58.59. Neil Shorten (9th) and Duncan Bush (10th) both finished in 59.45.

Jo O’Regan continued her excellent form as the second lady finisher in 1:00.56. She was first in the FV35 age category.

Ty Farrer was the highest local finisher as he took fourth place in 56.38, while Huntingdon BRJ Run & Tri were well represented at Sandy where Andy Phillips (38th, 1:04.55) and Chirag Godhania (47th, 1:06.43) were their leading lights.

Rob Farrant was the fastest of the six BRJ members who took part in the Greater Manchester Marathon. He completed the event in 3:09.59. Neil Jarvis (3:13.12) and Neil Pope (3:15.31) weren’t far behind.

Guy Foster featured among 55,000 runners in the Paris Marathon, clocking a time of 3:53.48.

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