ATHLETICS: Old friends return to the track with a bang for Hunts AC

Hunts AC ladies who starred in the Eastern Veterans’ League are, from the left, Amy Frary, Claire Hu

Hunts AC ladies who starred in the Eastern Veterans’ League are, from the left, Amy Frary, Claire Hurst, Julia Scarboro, Andrea Linnell, Linda Roberts and Teresa Hicks. - Credit: Archant

A bunch of Hunts AC comeback queens took the opening round of the Eastern Masters Track & Field League by storm.

Close friends Claire Hurst, Linda Roberts, Amy Frary, Julia Scarboro and Teresa Hicks were reunited on the track for the first time in almost 15 years last week.

Hurst, the youngest of the group, recently celebrated her 35th birthday to become eligible for veteran competition – something which provided the trigger for the fantastic five to return to action.

And they enjoyed instant success on the St Ivo Outdoor Centre track despite having no training under the belts.

Frary set a new veteran women’s club record with a 9.46m leap in the triple jump – an effort which eclipsed Jo Abel’s previous mark by 36cm and places her sixth in the national rankings.

Frary, who still holds Hunts AC senior women bests in the triple jump (10.83m) and pole vault (2.90m) from her previous stint in the sport, said: “I genuinely had no idea what to expect and apologised to Jo!

“I was just hoping to make the pit to be honest after not training at all due to not being well.”

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Hurst also wrote her name into the Hunts AC record-books with a 16-second success in the 400m which catapulted her into the national top 10.

Scarboro streaked to 100m victory in 14.6 seconds while Roberts was second in the high jump when clearing the same height – 1.18m – as the winner. Hicks also ran well in her 100m and 400m races.

Hurst, Scarboro and Abel then joined forces with Andrea Linnell to win the W35 4-100m relay in 59.2 seconds – a new competition record and clear club record.

Dave Hudson enjoyed a record-breaking start in his first Hunts AC appearance.

Hudson roared to 3,000m victory from the front in 9.25.4 to slice more than seven seconds off Dave Connell’s previous veteran men’s club record for the event.

Jim Stocker took the M60 honours over the same distance in 12.28.7 while Bob Ellingham claimed M50 hammer honours with a 41.23m launch.

Team manager Wayne DuBose said: “It was a superb evening of individual and team efforts with times and distances of the highest calibre.

“It’s a great bonus to have the five ladies return to the club after such a long period away. There’s plenty more to come from all of them.”

The next Eastern Masters Track & League meeting is at King’s Lynn on June 6.