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Treble gold medal joy for athletes
11:37am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Sport
WARRINGTON Athletics Club members scooped three gold medals at the Northern under 15 and under 17 Championships at Wavertree Stadium, Liverpool.
One of six athletes sent to the event, under 15s sprinter Cameron Meakin was the star of the show, claiming two titles.
A jump of 5.73m was good enough to win him long jump gold, before he went on to finish the 80m hurdles in a dead heat with Trafford’s William Aldred to earn him a share of first place in 11.85 seconds.
In the same age group Sam Rostron finished ninth in the 800m with a time of 2mins 32.98 secs.
Ellie Baker finished fifth in her under 15 girls’ 100m heat in 13.79secs and sixth in her 200m heat in 28.56secs, which were not quite good enough to earn her qualification.
The club’s other title was claimed by under 17s runner Ashley Kirsopp, who won the mens’ 100m hurdles title in 14.31 secs before finishing fifth in his 100m heat.
In the 800m Chris Fance was fifth in 2mins 06.58secs while Lizzie Smith finished eighth in 2mins 30.9secs.
Meanwhile, Graham Green ran an excellent time of 34mins 20 secs to claim the over 45s prize at the Birchwood 10k road race, finishing 10th overall.
He also won the first prize for the men's age-related category, which is based on the time as a percentage of the world best time for the age, achieving 88 percent. Behind Graham came 15-year-old Leighton Sharman in 42nd place, his time of 37mins 16 secs good enough to finish as second junior. Completing the team, which finished in eighth place, were Mervyn Ward, 73rd in 39mins 10 secs (third over 55), and James Jackson, 183rd in 43mins 57secs. Dave Tomkins was 208th in 44 mins 56secs (fifth over 60) and Amy Talbot finished 96th in 40 mins7secs to be fifth woman.
In the accompanying fun run over two kilometres our younger athletes were well to the fore with under 13s runner Jordan Jones winning in a time of 7mins 34secs.
Following Jones over the line were under 15s athlete Amy Gibbons, third in 8 minutes 06 seconds, and under 13s runners Megan Atherton, fourth in 8 mins 22 secs, Jessica Wall, tenth in 9 mins 24 secs, Natasha Ryder 11th in 9 mins 33 secs, Isabel Bunting,13th in 9 mins 34 secs Eight-year-old Jasmine Jones finished 26th in 10 mins 39 secs and under 11s’ Lucia Meloni ran a time of 8 minutes 31 seconds.
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