Gold Tops shine at National Junior Track and Field League

Lincolnshire Schools' Athletics event at PRSA, Boston.'Chelsea Brockett of Boston taking part in the 80m Hurdles.
Lincolnshire Schools' Athletics event at PRSA, Boston.'Chelsea Brockett of Boston taking part in the 80m Hurdles.

A MAGNIFICENT seven Gold Tops produced a remarkable series of results for Boston and District AC at the second National Junior Track and Field League match on Sunday.

At Hull, the seven representatives garnered enough points to finish in fifth place, pushing hosts Kingston Upon Hull into last position on their home track.

Marc Bradbury had an excellent day, producing two personal bests in hammer and shot, and a near-miss in discus.

A hammer throw of 45.29m secured first place and laid down an important marker for the rest of the season.

A throw of 13.10m in the shot was considerably better than Marc’s previous best with the 7.25k implement.

The previous day Marc had set a new discus personal best in the Eastern AA Championships, and fell just half a metre short of this at Hull when he registered a throw of 39.50m.

Stephan Brockett turned in four good performances for the team in field events.

He was second in the pole vault going over 3.60m, and then went on to clear 1.65m in the high jump.

A leap of 6.19m in the long jump earned valuable points and a javelin throw of 32.81m gave him a good second position.

Captain Aidan McClure posted a season’s best in the high jump with a clearance of 1.70m, despite a tricky gusty wind swirling around the Costello Stadium.

And though producing less-impressive performances on the track, contributed a fine points total to the Boston and District AC score.

He recorded 2 mins 24.4 secs in the 800m, 5 mins 29.9 secs in the 1,500m and 10 mins 56.9 secs for the 3,000m, for a sterling series of distance runs.

Reaping the rewards for some hard training sessions at The B-Hive recently, Josh Maund produced a new personal best in the 800m, recording a promising 2 mins 23secs at the end of the two-lap race.

He also clocked 64.7 secs in fourth place in the 400m, and completed the 3,000m in 11 mins 40.1 secs.

Leading from the gun, Chelsea Brockett impressively won the 400m hurdles in 68.1 secs, and added a second in the 800m, recording 2 mins 28.8 secs.

She went on to clear 1.55m in the high jump to win a second event.

At the younger end of the age group, Maria Hollingsworth and Alice Flint gained valuable experience and contributed well to the BADAC team performance.

On a blustery day, when the sun made only occasional appearances, both young Gold Tops made an impact.

Maria ran the 100m into the prevailing wind, recording 14.2 secs in a very encouraging fourth place, and slipped one position to fifth in the 200m, clocking 28.6 secs before throwing the javelin 20.75m.

For her part, Alice was third in the B 400m hurdles, recording 72.3 secs and went on to clear 9.33m in the triple jump for fifth position and completed the 800 metres in 2 mins 37.0 secs to win the B race.