Hannah Stirley breaks second record in the space of a week

HUNTIGNDONSHIRE Athletic Club’s Hannah Stirley continued her record-breaking run at the third Eastern Veterans’ Athletics League meeting in Cambridge.

After breaking the veteran women’s hammer record just four days earlier, Stirley did it again in the city – not just once, but twice.

Stirley’s first record came when she exceeded 22 metres – which was in excess of her 21.87m club best – and she followed up with a throw of 23.31m for her second record.

However, the Hunts AC athlete wasn’t done there. She teamed up with Karen Gracey, Sarah Peatman, and Sandra Pedley in the 4x100m relay and anchored the team to a club record time which was 10 seconds better than its previous.

Also in the women’s section, Karen Cameron broke her own 2,000m walk record by eight seconds.

Overall, the women’s team finished second behind Ryston Runners and, with one home meeting remaining, Hunts AC are in with a chance of making the finals at Milton Keynes in September.

Because of injuries and absentees, the men’s team was weakened to the extent that they knew they couldn’t maintain their unbeaten record. Nevertheless, the veteran men did manage to eek-out a few wins.

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In the men’s-50s 1500m, despite carrying a leg injury, Richard Holland still managed to win by 10 seconds. In the field, Bob Ellingham picked up the win in the men’s-40 hammer throw, while John Edwards did likewise in the men’s-50 category.

With one league meeting remaining – at St Ives on Wednesday July 11), the Hunts AC veteran men hold a very slim lead over both Cambridge & Coleridge and Peterborough AC. Any of these three clubs could emerge as the divisional champions.

Veteran Men: M40 – 100m Ian Day 19.2 (5); 400m Gareth Westhorp 72.8 (5); 1500m Ian Day 4:56.9 (3); 110m Hurdles Peter Downhill DNF; 2k Walk Mike Hayball 13:12.2 (2); Long Jump 3.89 (4); High Jump Dave Ensor 1.35 (4); Shot Putt Bob Ellingham 8.76 (2); Hammer Bob Ellingham 36.52 (1); 4x100m Dave Ensor, Gareth Westhorp, Mike Hayball, Ian Day - 63.4 (4)

M50 – 100m Richard Phelan 13.9 (3); 400m Geoff Brewster 66.7 (3); 1500 Richard Holland 5:20.2 (1), non-scorer Phil Young 6:03.3; 100m Hurdles Richard Phelan 19.2 (2); 2k Walk Wayne DuBose 14:52.7 (4); Long Jump Richard Phelan 4.58 (3); High Jump Richard Phelan 1.50 (2); Shot Putt John Edwards 8.93 (2), non-scorer Pavlo Duma 7.05; Hammer John Edwards 34.87 (1), non-scorer Pavlo Duma 13.61; 4x100 Richard Phelan, Derek Darnell, Wayne DuBose, Geoff Brewster 58.1 (2)

Team Results: 1 Peterborough 117, Cambridge 114, 3 Hunts AC 81 (6 teams)

Veteran Women: M35 - 100m Hannah Stirley 15.3 (2); 400m Hannah Stirley 76.1 (3); 1500m Karen Gracey 6:22.2 (5); 100m Hurdles Hannah Stirley 21.3 (2); 2k Walk Sarah Peatman 15:09.7 (4); Long Jump Hannah Stirley 3.98 (2); High Jump Sarah Peatman 1.00 (4); Shot Putt Ali Jagger 5.37 (3); Hammer Hannah Stirley 23.31 (2) Club Record; 4x100 Karen Gracey, Sarah Peatman, Sandra Pedley, Hannah Stirley 66.7 (2) Club Record

W45 – 100m Sandra Pedley 17.0 (2); 400m Sandra Pedley 81.9 (2); 1500m Karen Cameron 6:58.0 (2); 80m Hurdles Sandra Pedley 21.7 (2); 2k Walk Karen Cameron 13:31.5 (2) Club Record; Long Jump Justine Ash 2.42 (3); High Jump Sandra Pedley 1.15 (2); Shot Putt Justine Ash 4.88 (4); Hammer Justine Ash 3.56 (5)

Team Results: 1 Ryston Runner 126, 2 Hunts AC 78, 3 Peterborough 69 (6 teams).

Meanwhile, Huntingdonshire AC’s Ryan Parker acquitted himself well in the under-20s England Athletics Championships, reaching the semi-final of the 100 metres.

His time of 10.93 seconds is the fastest that the17-year-old has run into a headwind and he still has two more years in the age group.

In the under-12s Championships, 19-year-old Jonathan Edwards achieved two top ten finishes in the throwing events with a seventh place in the discus (44.02m) and fifth in the hammer (53.79).