RYAN Palmer wasn’t the only gold medal winner for Huntingdonshire Athletics Club at the Eastern Counties Indoor Championships at Lee Valley in London last week.
Palmer, the 18-year-old sprinter, picked up his gold in the under-20s 60 metres – but team-mate Harriet Bruce, who is just 12, broke five club records and pulled off a Championship best on the way to her podium finish in the high jump.
In the U13 Girls category, Bruce broke Hunts AC’s club record of 1.30 metres and the Championship record of 1.32m by sailing over at a height of 1.35m.
In the 200m event, Bruce took almost four seconds off her personal best when recording 31.19 seconds for second place in her heat, setting club records in both the U13 and U15 age group categories, before finishing fifth in her semi-final in 31.55.
Another club record to fall was the 60m hurdles which Bruce beat by almost half a second finishing second in her heat in 11.23 before coming fifth in the final in 11.59. She was then fifth in the long jump final with a leap of 3.81m which beat her previous club record of 3.52m. Still not content, she then finished the meeting with a fourth in her 60m semi-final.
Palmer stormed to the gold medal in the men’s under-20s 60m race, winning in 7.11 after cruising through his heat in 7.12.
Successfully on the comeback trail, after devoting the last couple of years to his studies at Cambridge University, Christian Roberts ran an indoor personal best of 50.49 to grab the silver medal in the senior men’s 400m after running a personal best of 50.69 to win his heat.
Eleanor Smith picked up the other silver medal in the women’s under-20s 1500m with a time of 5.26.16.
Having discovered pole vaulting just last summer, 14-year-old Molly Gregorious stamped her mark on the event by clearing 1.90m for fifth place, setting club indoor records in the U15G, U17W and U20W categories. Gregorious also finished fourth in her 300m heat in 52.39 to establish an U15G record.
The 10th club record came was set by Ollie Pocklington who took a huge 10 seconds off his own record when picking up the bronze medal for the U13 Boys 800m in a time of 2.41.98.
Bronze medals also went to Jonathan Edwards in the senior men’s shot putt with a distance of 12.67m and Lauri Watt in the U20 women’s 60m hurdles in 9.28, a tantalising 0.01 second off her club record. Watt also finished fourth in her 60m heat in 8.50.
Other results – U17W 800m: Rebecca Pedley 2.24.54 (4th), Ella Blake 2.26.67 (3rd in heat); U15B 800m: Joey Croft 2.34.95 (5th in heat); U15G Amelia Darnell 2.53.08 (4th in heat); U17W 1500: Polly Smith 5.42.45 (4th).