Andy Smitherman smashed his 400m personal best for the second consecutive weekend as Cheltenham Harriers athletes enjoyed success in the Gloucestershire Championships held at the Prince of Wales Stadium. Having broken the 50 second barrier for the first time in the previous weekend’s Midland League, Smitherman clocked an excellent 48.6 to take the county silver medal, just 0.4 seconds behind winner and former Harrier Nick Kanonik. He then lowered his 200m pb to 22.2 seconds as he finished second behind Stroud’s Daniel Trueman.
Further Harriers sprint success came in the 100m where Richard Tremblen took gold in a personal best of 11.0 whilst Frankie Courtney took two titles with 68.6 in the 400m hurdles and 16.3 in the 100m hurdles. In the field events Ashley Barker won the men’s high jump with a 1.85m clearance and Ruth Bird won the women’s discus with 25.99m. Despite a relatively slow first 800m Andrew van Kints ran well to lower his 1500m pb to 4:01.4 as he finished third in the 1500m. In the under 20 events Yesper Adams won the 400m title in 51.0 seconds after earlier taking silver in the 800m in a personal best of 1:59.7. Will Sage won the javelin with a throw of 48.81m whilst Harriet Sawle claimed 400m gold with a 62.9 clocking to equal her pb.
The under 17 events brought two titles for both Harry Mahoney and Megan Bishop. Mahoney won the 800m in 2:01.7 and 400m in 53.2 whilst Bishop took the 300m hurdles in 47.2 and 80m hurdles in 12.4 seconds. Guest competitor Linton Gardiner won the high jump with 1.80m and long jump with a pb of 6.44m to finish ahead of gold medallist Imran Qureshi who jumped 6.20m. Ryan Ellis won the javelin with a pb of 41.06m whilst Sophie Yorke won the 100m in 12.8 and Adam Wheeler took the triple jump title with 11.97m.
In the under 15 age group saw Beck Phillips take double gold in the throws, with 33.80m in the discus and a shot pb of 11.40m. Nathaniel Hatherley also claimed two titles with 12.7 seconds in the 80m hurdles and a 2.20m clearance in the pole vault. Georgia Wray took the girl’s pole vault with a height of 2.10m whilst Ellie Wanklyn claimed 75m hurdles gold with a 12.6 clocking. Further track success in the age group saw Freya Chapman win the 200m with a 27.9 pb, Michael Horrocks win the 800m in 2:20.1 and George Bygrave take the 3000m in 10:14.4.
Alex Eaglestone was the club’s biggest winner of the weekend, with three golds in the under 13 age group as he took the 100m in 13.7 seconds, recorded 28.2 in the 200m and cleared 1.35m in the high jump. Abigail Williams produced an excellent win in the girl’s 100m to move up into the top 30 in the UK rankings with a 13.7 personal best whilst Bethan Samuel took two titles with 29.8 in the 200m and 2:34.2 in the 800m. Further track golds came through Oliver Powell with 4:54.4 in the 1500m and Alex Hards who clocked 15.4 in the 75m hurdles. Hards also won the discus with 21.03m whilst Tom Samuel won the long jump with 4.35m and Andre Stamp won the shot with 7.23m. In the under 11 age group Grace Pitman won the 600m in 1:54.1 as well as the 60m in 9.4 seconds. Jonah Rodriguez made it a Harriers 60m double as he took the boys event with a 9.2 clocking.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.