Huntingdonshire Athletics Club are celebrating a rainy but golden weekend at the Cambridgeshire Athletics Championships in Peterborough where they won 23 titles.
It was a fabulous result for the club with their gold medal hauls of 2012 and 2013 more than doubled. In fact, there were three more than both of those years combined with 10 each won at the last two championships.
In all the total medal haul was 64 with 18 silver medals and 23 bronze. In 2012, the club won 13 in all and in 2013 they won 31.
“This has been have great day of achievement for Hunts AC and its athletes,” said the club’s vice chairman Wayne Dubose.
“This is the result of sustained and regular training through the dark cold nights of winter and of the band of dedicated coaches who do their all to make their charges better athletes with a competitive attitude.”
Christian Roberts got the ball rolling with a good win in the senior men’s 400m (in a time of 55.20sec). In the 800m races Ella Blake led from the front to comfortably win the women’s under-17s title (2min 21.82sec), finishing just 0.01sec outside of her personal best at the distance, while Rebecca Pedley won the gold in the women’s under-29s race in 2min 29.39sec. Siobhan Skinner came first in the women’s race in 2min 29.39sec.
Ryan Boden won the boys under-15s 800m taking the field apart with a run that beat the personal best he only set last month. Boden was almost 15 seconds faster than his previous PB with a time of 2min 13.01.
There were successes for the club’s young sprinters with Llewelyn Thomas claiming an under-15s double in the 100m (11.91sec) and 200m (24.94sec) races and Owain Collard duplicating this feat in the under-17s men races with times of 11.48sec and 23.19sec.
The 1500m races saw gutsy efforts from Shannon Flockhart in the under-13s girls category and Joey Croft in the under-15s boys.
Flockhart ran neck and neck with her opponent from gun to tape and, with a sustained sprint down the home straight, she won in a time of 5min 19.72sec – and improvement of 15 seconds on her previous personal best.
Croft took on Cambridge & Colridge’s Oliver Sewell, who is 12th in the British rankings in his age group, and dug deep to beat his PB by 14 seconds and win the race in 4mins 36.80sec.
Fourteen-year-old Declan Rice led the way out in the field with a hat-trick of throwing golds in the shot putt, the discuss and hammer. And there was an unusual mother and daughter double when Tracy Burton won the senior women’s shot putt and Mia Fairbrother-Burton easily won the same event in the under-13s girls’ category with a personal best of 7.05m.
George Hamilton-Smith picked up gold in the under-13s boys’ discuss with Charlie Batterbee winning the under-17s hammer throw.
In the senior jumping events, Penny Butcher won the high jump and Sharon Kenyon picked up two golds for the triple jump and the pole vault. Richard Phelan won the gold in the senior men’s high jump and pole vault.