Last weekend not only saw a fantastic turn out across all age groups at the Cheshire T&F Championships at Ellesmere Port, but also so many podium positions, it was hard to keep track just how well everyone had done over the two-day event.
For many, the usual journey took far longer than usual due to endless diversions and motorway closures but that didn’t dampen any spirits! Indeed, many of Sunday’s athletes were also welcomed by the dance squads, who were also competing at the sports complex, demonstrating their moves in the carpark!
Leading the way for the senior women, Charlie Bird stormed to victory in the hammer securing the gold in her final throw with a distance of 36.96m. Faye Sharpley flew round the track in a time of 2:25 for the 800m, finishing in top spot for the ladies. In the senior men and U20s, Ashley Pritchard competed in 4 events and medalled in these in first place. Likewise, David Smith took part in a variety of events, securing a host of podium finishes. Those achieving PBs and/or podium places also included Mark Walker in the 3000m, Laurence Manley in the 1500m, Aadi Whitlock in the 800m, Jacob Thompson in the High Jump and Thomas Danson in the 200m. Hayden Blunn continued to build on a great season so far, securing 5 golds across the Pole Vault, Discus, 110mH, High Jump (equalling the championship record at 1.90m) and shot (beating his own record with 12.94m) as well as a bronze in the javelin.
And the successes just kept on rolling in for all the youngsters too…
First off, Gus Fisher gets a ‘shout out’ for securing gold in both the 600m and long jump for the U11B, setting ‘best performance records’ for both of these at this competition. Samuel Savage dominated in many of the events in which he competed, adding gold, silver and bronze medals to his collection. Lizzie Pendrill (U15G) proved once again that she leads the way in many sprint events, bringing home a wealth of medals for her brilliant racing too! Tristan Lamprecht brought home 2 medals, a gold in the javelin and a silver in the hurdles, setting new personal bests along the way. Lola Whitlock (U17W) competed in both the hammer and discus, performing well and medalling twice. Congratulations!
Abbie Egerton finished 2nd in the 75m final for the U13 girls. Brooke Sayce finished 3rd in the U15 800m. Dylan Fineberg was 3rd in the U15 Discus. George Allen (U11B) jumped to bronze place in the long jump, as did his sister Grace, who similarly took home the bronze medal for the U17s. In the U17M 800m, a thrilling race which went to the wire, Jake Rowley finished with silver in a phenomenal time of 2:00:45. Jared Dickinson, who continued to show his prowess on the track across many distances came home with a bronze for his long jump. Lara Adu-Gyamfi hurdled her way to a bronze medal. In the 3000m race for U17, U20 and senior men, there was a large turn out from Macclesfield, including a father and son duo. In the U17M competition, the gold medal went to Michael Wood and a bronze to Matthew Walker, with newcomer Cian Taylor finishing 4th too! Tara Hulme (U17W) brought home a silver medal for her 100m and Millie Egerton (also U17W) picked up silver and a PB in the hammer. Brothers Robert and Joseph Nwankwo both took home bronze medals, Robert (U13B) for his shot put and Joseph (U17) in the Javelin. Fantastic!
Macclesfield faced tough competition in all events over the two days and there were many Harriers who battled hard, yet narrowly missed out on a podium finish. What is pleasing to see is that these athletes, some of whom were putting on a Macc vest for the first time, enjoyed taking part, saw their own personal improvements and have vowed to come back even better next year. This spirit is also what makes everyone at the club equally as proud of you, so well done!
Emma Johnson who competes for Macclesfield as an U17W also had success at the Derbyshire Championships recently. She gained two silver medals, one for the 800m and another in the 1500m, setting new PBs in both. Very well done!
A full set of results for Cheshire is available by following the link below: (Apologies in advance if anyone has been missed in this report or indeed if there’s any errors when this summary was put together)
As can be seen in the selection of photos below, it was a great event and there were smiles all round. Thank you to everyone involved.