Seventeen year old Linton Gardiner has been selected to compete for the Great Britain u20 team in a combined events international match in Nogent Sur Oise, France later this month. He will compete for GB against France and Spain. His selection came after performing well at the England combined events championships earlier this month where he did a heptathlon and scored over 5000 points with strong performances in the long jump of 6.62, pole vault 4.01m, 60m hurdles in 8.41 and a 1000m in 2:44 which placed him second in the competition. Linton has previously competed for England but this is his first Great Britain selection.
Four Cheltenham Harriers throwers braved the elements to test how their winter training is going at the Midland Open at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. In the under 15 age group Ben Wade coped extremely well in his first competition at this level, winning both his shot with a throw of 9.05m and then producing a personal best in his discus with 29.91m. A strong group of under 17’s dominated with Toby McKenna winning the shot with a PB of 12.39m, which was 2m up on his distance from this time last year, and improving by 12m with his discus with a fine throw of 37.99m to clinch second place behind his more experienced team mate Beck Phillips who produced a PB of 39.28m. Meanwhile Will Powell, who has just moved up to this age group and is still learning how to cope with a heavier discus, did well to cope with the conditions and learning the skill of spinning to finish fourth with 27.52m. Alex Griffiths also an under 17 contested the Hammer for the first time with this weight produced a very sound performance of 37.40m finishing second.