ATHLETICS: Parkrun scene proving popular for Silson

JOB DONE - Silson Joggers pair Bob Kellam and Paul Holmes after they completed the Milton Keynes half marathon
JOB DONE - Silson Joggers pair Bob Kellam and Paul Holmes after they completed the Milton Keynes half marathon

Various park runs proved popular with Silson Joggers runners again on Saturday.

Silson’s ladies team captain Heather Kirk gained a new personal best at Northampton Racecourse, and was the seventh lady home.

Mark Thompson gained a new PB with his seventh place finish at the Nonsuch parkrun. James Darcy crossed the line in eighth and Sue Torrance was the fifth lady to cross the line at the Buckingham parkrun.

Sunday saw the fabulous ‘Wings for Life’ run start (and finish – after 100km!) in Silverstone.

Several Silson Joggers took part in the event, which raises money for an incredibly good cause.

One of the Joggers, Justine Verwey, exceeded her own expectations and managed to run 17k before the ‘catcher car’ caught her.

Milton Keynes’ May Day Marathon and Half Marathon event saw lots of the Silson Joggers taking part. Bob Kellam, Paul Holmes, Chelsey Rose, Sarah Pearson, Amy Wright and Darren Brockwell all had a magnificent run and finished the Half Marathon distance in superb times.

Fellow Joggers, Michael Spencer, Paul Rose and Mike Camwell, took on and valiantly conquered the full 26.2 distance.

Niklas shows class to claim bronze medal

Niklas Aarre of Daventry, a former student at E-Act Parker Academy and Guilsborough School, won a bronze medal in the British Universities National Championship at Bedford last weekend.

Aarre who is in his first year studying acting at Bath Spa University came into the competition ranked 10th (which is impressive as a first year student), but was positioned fourth until the last throw where he managed to get a good one out of the bag of 43.67 with 2kg (senior implement) pushing him into the bronze medal position.

Aarre is combining his studying with his athletics and without the support from Passport to Excellence Scheme from Everyone Active in Daventry, grants from Northamptonshire Community Foundation (Championing Champion) and funding from Bath Spa University, this would have made this very difficult.

He is also part of Birchfield Harriers LDF Junior Development Programme and receiving Nike Kit Drop which is given to athletes which is to be considered to be rising stars in UK Athletics.

R&N youngsters produce super show

Rugby & Northampton Athletic Club’s young athletes put in another phenomenal performance last weekend, easing to victory in the second round of the UK Youth Development League Midland Premier Division in Milton Keynes.

R&N won with a total of 600 points – more than 100 clear of nearest rivals Charnwood (488), Birchfield Harriers (475), and Marshall Milton Keynes (453).

The under-13 girls set the tone for the day with a number of individual victories, along with a win in the 4x100 metre relay, which was won in 55.4 seconds by the team of Annie Saghri, Fenella Downes, Amelia Tutt and Eloise Nowill.

Abigail Ward set a personal best in the 150m with a time of 21.6 to win the ‘B’ race, before taking to the field and winning the javelin event. Ward threw an incredible 28.7m, beating her nearest rival by 17 metres, and propelling herself to the number two ranked javelin athlete in the country at under-13.

The success in the field events didn’t end there as Maia Reynolds won the javelin ‘B’ with a throw of 15.22m, and Nowill and Tutt triumphed in the shot put and high jump respectively. Nowill cleared a height of 1.34m with ease, while Tutt sent the shot 7.54m to take the win. Tutt also took the honours in the 70m hurdles, winning with a personal best time of 12.9.

Back on the track, there was double success in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 1200m races - Molly Williams (4:01.6) and Claudia Searle (4:14.0) crossed the line quickest, while Downes triumphed in the 75m ‘B’ race, sprinting home in 11 seconds flat.

The girls from the under-15 group were equally as impressive over track and field, earning two victories in the shot put. Lily Mae Pursey won in the ‘B’ competition, throwing 8.61m, and Adele Blenkinsop was victorious in the ‘A’ with 8.73m, a personal best. Blenkinsop then set another PB, triumphing in the long jump, launching herself 4.78m to take victory.

Lucy Laight (44.4) and Georgina Woodward (45.0) secured 300m success at both ‘A’ and ‘B’ level, and Anousha Salehi was victorious in the 75m hurdles ‘B’ race with a time of 12.5 seconds. Along with Poppy Carmichael, the team secured a club record 4x300m relay time, racing home to win in 2:57.9 to smash the previous record by ten seconds. Laight added to her honours in the pole vault, springing to success courtesy of a height of 1.7m.

There was plenty of success for the under-15 boys too, with victories in the field for William Ballinger, Matthew Broome and Sam Tutt.

Ballinger was successful in both the discus (28.39m) and javelin (40.7m), throwing PB’s in both to take victory, and Broome also broke his personal record by leaping 5.68m to win the long jump.

Tutt’s shot put throw of 11.15m earned him victory, and he took that form to the track to win the 80m hurdles ‘B’ event in 11.8 seconds, while club-mate Oli Lambert was successful in the ‘A’ race, recording the same time.

Lambert maintained that form over longer distances, taking the win in both the 200 and 300-metre races with respective times of 24.1 and 38.4, and, along with Tutt, Jaime Nalus and Bradley Whitehead, dashed to victory in the 4x100m relay. The boys crossed the line in 48.2 seconds to top the podium, on what was a good day for Nalus on his R&N debut.

Nalus went on to set personal bests in the 100m and 200m ‘B’ events, triumphing in the former in 12.4 seconds and securing second place over the longer distance with a time of 25.2.