BADAC athletes impress in North of England League

Chris Cope.
Chris Cope.

In spite of heavy and persistent rain, which marred performances at the second North of England League Match at Cleckheaton, Boston and District AC pushed Bradford hard in their challenge for fourth place.

With a number of first-choice athletes unavailable on Saturday because of work and examination commitments, the Gold Tops put on a spirited performance to finish just two points behind their rivals, and the sit in joint-fourth place overall in the League after two of the four matches in the series.

In the worst of the downpour, Frances Nuttell won both the long jump (4.73m) and high jump (1.40m).

In addition, Frances finished fifth in the shot putt (6.05m).

The 20m benchmark still evades Emma Penson in the hammer as she added third place points with a throw of 19.22m.

Emma was also third in the 1,500m (7 mins 48.0 secs) and fourth in the 800m (3 mins 38.9 secs).

Chris Cope returned to track and field competition for the first time after his London Marathon effort in April, and he opened with an emphatic victory in the 400m hurdles (71.5 secs).

He also went on to win the 3,000m steeplechase (11 mins 55.3 secs) and claim second in the 800m (2 mins 12.0 secs).

In the 200m, Chris recorded 26.7secs for fourth position, also finishing fourth in the 400m (57.2 secs).

Competing in the A 5,000m, Chris contributed further points by finishing in fourth place (20 mins 06.2 secs), and also claimed fourth place in the B long jump.

In the throws, Diago Egas was second in javelin (28.08m) and fourth in discus (21.70m).

He added fourth places in long jump (4.66m), high jump (1.45m) and 400m (63.7 secs) for additional fourth-place points.

In the distance events, Owen Msimango won the B 3,000m steeplechase (13 mins 28.7 secs) giving the Gold Tops maximum points for the event.

He went on to claim third position in the B 5,000m (22 mins 50.8 secs).