ATHLETICS: Richard Phelan to the ‘four’ as Hunts AC enjoy medal success at Eastern Masters Championships

Hunts AC medallists Bob Ellingham and Martin Gardner.

Hunts AC medallists Bob Ellingham and Martin Gardner. - Credit: Archant

Richard Phelan was a Hunts AC medal marvel in the Eastern Masters Championships last weekend.

Phelan claimed two golds and two silvers as he starred in the M55 category in Southend.

His successes arrived in the pole vault and high jump, winning the former event with a championship record-equalling 3.20m effort and then producing a 1.45pm in the latter discipline.

Phelan was also runner-up in the long jump (courtesy of a 4.82m leap) and the triple jump (where he flew out to 10.22m).

Phelan was not along in tasting success as three of his Hunts AC clubmates were also among the medals.

In fact Martin Gardner collected a full set in the M40 category where he took gold in the high jump, silver in discus and bronze in the shot putt.

Bob Ellingham was in fine form in the M50 throws. He triumphed in the hammer with a season’s best 42.82m (which consolidates his third place in the national rankings) and then claimed silver in the discus.

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