ATHLETICS: Phelan proves he is the master with two British titles, whie hot prospect Purbrick bags national bronze

Richard Phelan won four medals at the British Masters Indoor Championships.

Richard Phelan won four medals at the British Masters Indoor Championships. - Credit: Archant

Richard Phelan overcame illness and his rivals to win two British Masters indoor titles.

The Hunts AC man produced a 1.50m clearance to retain the M55 high jump crown and then leaped out to 4.86m to take the long jump prize.

Phelan, who missed several weeks of training after being laid low in the build-up to the event at Lee Valley, also captured two silver medals.

He finished second in the pole vault with 2.70m and occupied the same position following a 9.96m effort in the triple jump.

Phelan’s clubmate Joe Purbrick continued his terrific winter with a second national medal of 2018.

He won bronze in the England Athletics Under 15 Boys’ Indoor Pentathlon Championships in Sheffield.

Purbrick won the opening 60m hurdles in 8.71 seconds before finishing joint second in the long jump with a 5.62m which added 12 centimetres to his own Hunts AC record.

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Purbrick put more than a metre on his shot-putt personal best with 9.69m to finish fifth in that event and cleared 1.56m to end up ninth in the high jump. The latter effort bettered Christian Roberts’ club record which had stood for 13 years.

Purbrick signed off with another personal best when clocking 2.23.16 for the 800m – the fifth fastest time on the day.

That all added up to a total of 2626 points, which also exceeded along club mark which had belonged to Roberts since 2005.

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