A promising start to track and field season

By Jamie Arrowsmith 01/05 Updated: 01/05 12:55

Buy photos » Some of the B&R throwers are pictured posing with their medals, back row, left to right - Izzy Billau, Richard O'Connor, Sam Lloyd, Sam Cater, Candy Lockett, Geordan Edmonds; front row, left to right - Lewis Byng, Heather Knight. (s)

TIPTON Sports Academy was the venue for the first track and field competition of the year for Bromsgrove & Redditch Athletic Club members when they competed in the Tipton Games.

In the under 11 boys event Lewis Byng gained a gold medal and a personal best in the 75m sprint with 11 seconds and went on to win the 150m sprint with another personal best of 22.5 seconds.

He then topped his day off with another gold medal in the long jump with 3.70m.

In the under 15 girls Ashleigh Beavan ran the 100m and came joint tenth in a huge pool of 28 athletes. She then went on to finish ninth in the long jump with 3.88m and finished her day by competing in the javelin in which she threw 13.84m to earn sixth place.

In the same age category Candy Lockett started her day with a personal best and silver medal in the hammer with a throw of 16.71m before 6.82m gave her fifth place in the shot, 17.51m gave her another personal best and fourth place in the javelin and she then earned a silver medal in the discus with a throw of 17.75m.

Elsewhere in the same age group Heather Knight, on her debut representing Bromsgrove & Redditch AC, gained a personal best in the high jump with a jump of 1.25m which won her a bronze medal.

She went on to finish fourth in the discus with personal best of 14.59m and finished her day with another PB in the long jump with a leap of 3.42m.

In the under 15 boys competition Oliver Kemp ran in the 100m with a time of 13.5s and threw a season's best in the javelin with 24.05m to gain fifth position.

Meanwhile, in the under 17 girls competition, the club was represented by Geordan Edmonds who threw a personal best of 27.59m in the javelin to win a silver medal.

A number of successes came out of the under 20 women's competition as Izzy Billau grabbed gold in the javelin with a throw of 29.07m to beat second place by a massive 8m.

She went on to compete in the triple jump and won another gold medal with a leap of 10.64m. Billau also ran the 100m and finished in fourth place with a time of 13.2 seconds.

Daisy Johnson clinched a silver medal in the 100m with a run of 13 seconds and Sally Hogan, after a good cross country season, took on the 2,000m steeplechase and won gold with a time of 8min, 5.2 seconds to beat second place by an impressive 38 seconds.

For Bromsgrove and Redditch's senior women athletes it was a very successful day as Julie Wakelam started her competition with a bronze in the hammer with a throw of 25.91m which was a new personal best.

She then threw the discus and again came third with a throw of 19.02m and finished her day with fourth place in the javelin with 21.40m.

Sam Lloyd won silver in the shot with a putt of 8.63m and then went on to get a gold in the discus with a season's best of 27.67m, before finishing her day with a gold medal in the javelin with 31.36m.

Senior Richard O'Connor got off to a good start with a personal best in the hammer as he won bronze with a throw of 29.86m and he then gained a personal best and silver medal in the shot with a putt of 9.14m and ended his day with the discus in which he won silver with a throw of 28.64m.

Sam Cater, the throws coach, turned athlete for the day and won the hammer competition with a throw of 33.48m, achieved silver in the javelin with a throw of 45.02m and then it was back to gold in the shot with a putt of 10.84m.

Cater finished his day with a season's best in the discus by grabbing a bronze medal, just behind O'Connor with 27.91m.

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