Neil Crossley broke his own javelin championship record as Cheltenham Harriers athletes showed good form at the Gloucestershire Championships at the Prince of Wales Stadium. Crossley’s 68.80m throw added over three metres to his own record set at last year’s event and places him in the top ten of the early season UK rankings. There were also senior titles for Russell Whiting with a 60.2 clocking in the 400m hurdles and for Ashley Barker with a 1.85m clearance in the high jump. Under 17 athlete Annabel Sherry also broke her own shot and discus records as she finished ahead of her senior rivals with distances of 12.84m and 36.38m respectively.
In the under 20 age group there were gold medals for Liam Downer with 54.87m in the javelin, Tom Stubbs with 3.20m in the pole vault, Emily Pascoe with 15.4 second pb in the 100m hurdles and Frankie Courtney with a 71.0 clocking in the 400m hurdles. In the under 17 age Linton Gardiner claimed two victories with personal bests of 3.72m in the pole vault and 38.74m in the javelin. Mollie Courtney impressed with a personal best of 12.1 to take gold in the 80m hurdles and also added the high jump title with a 1.50m clearance. There were also personal bests and titles for Megan Bishop with 42.4 in the 300m, Katy Townsend with 46.9 in the 3O0m hurdles and Kira Cooper with a throw of 31.92m in the javelin. Shannon Carroll took victory in the 1500m in 5:08.6 whilst Rhys Lloyd won the 800m in 2:05.4
Melissa Bird was the stand out performer in the under 15 age group as she beat Annabel Sherry’s championship discus record with a 32.51m pb that places her sixth in the early national season rankings. Bird enjoyed further success as she claimed the shot title with a pb of 9.66m. Imran Quereshi claimed three golds with 5.91m in the long jump, 11.39m in the shot and 1.50m in the high jump. There were double golds in personal best performances from Ben Clarke with 11.9 in the 100m and 23.6 in the 200m and for Sophie Yorke with 12.4 in the 100m and 12.6 in the 75m hurdles. Jacob Pickering lowered his best time to 2:19.1 to claim the 800m title whilst Charlie Vanhoa threw a 42.76m pb to take the javelin gold. In the under 13 age group Ellie Wanklyn won the 70m hurdles in 12.6 seconds, Georgia Wray took 100m gold in a pb of 14.2, Lucy Martin put 6.61m to take the shot title and Ben Roberts raced to 1500m victory in a personal best of 5:13.3.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.