Hatful of Medals at the County Champs – 24/25 May 2014
Peter Impett reports
from King’s Park.
In probably the
club’s best performance in the County Championships the 2014 haul
amounted to 26 gold, 25 silver and 18 bronzes. That does not include
second-claimer Nick Hunt who competes for us in the South West League.
Most marks were also personal bests. The red and black were everywhere
and medals were won in every discipline except race walking. The most
remarkable result came in the under-15 boys 800m, where Tom Bourne led
Liam Murphy-Parry, Joe Kelliher and Matthew Yates for a clean sweep of
the top four places. All of the pole vault medallists were Wimborne-trained.
All three of the under-17 high jumpers have performed in Wimborne
colours. Many of our medals came from first time competitors in a County
In the under-13
girls there were gold medals for Abbie Lovering in the 1500 metres in
5.28.6, Erin Thickett in the long jump with 4m32 and Martha Taylor in
the javelin with 25m07. Silver medallists were Abbie Lovering in the 800
metres in 2.35.3 and Nia Burley with 19m07 in the discus. Beth-Kingswell
Farr won a bronze in the 1500 metres in 15.39, Flo Lockwood was clocked
at 12.4 in the hurdles and Martha Taylor recorded 4m03 in the long jump.
silver-medallist Matty Effick threw 28.21 in the javelin and Rob Hughes
was second in the hurdles with 14.8. There were bronze medals for Eddie
May, 1m25 in the high jump and 12.06 in the discus, Ben Holland with
4m51 in the long jump and Tom Morrison with 4.58.4 in the 1500.
Three under-15 girls
were double gold medallists. Pippa Hine won the 100 in 12.8 and the 200
in 26.9, Grace Copeland won the 800 in 2.19.8 and the 1500 in 4.48.5,
and Becky Kent won the pole vault with a significantly improved 2m06 and
the triple jump with 10m05. Bethan Burley chalked up silver medals in
the shot with 10m88 and in the long jump with 4m85 and took bronze in
the hurdles in 12.3. Lucy Ballam was second to Grace in the 800 in
2.28.4, and Caitlyn Hooper took silver in the triple jump with 9m39.
Tom Bourne was a
double gold medallist in the 800 with 2.11.7 and the 1500 with 4.31.7.
Michael Johnson won the 3000 in 10.33.5 and was third in the 1500 in
4.58.4. Liam Murphy-Parry was second in the 800 with 2.21.1. Nathan
Hellier was also a silver medallist in the hurdles in 16.0 and took
bronze in the discus 12.12. Newcomer Curtis Ormerod-Taylor was third in
the 200 metres 27.2. Joe Kelliher took the bronze medal in the 800 in
2.22.4 for the clean sweep. William Laing was second in the hammer with
13.73 and third in the hurdles with 16.4 and Alexander Long was the
bronze medallist in the javelin with 17m49.
Ellie White won
bronze in the under-17 women’s hammer and Jess May took bronze in the
javelin with 18m95.
The under-17 men had
a field day. Jason Sotheran ran away with the 800 in 2.06.3 and 1500 in
4.29.3 titles and this was echoed by Ryan Webb’s 1m95 in the high jump
and 6m23 in the long jump. Ryan Long was a prolific gatherer of medals
with perhaps the beating of arch-rival Jack Shepherd in the hurdles 14.1
the sweetest. Ryan also picked up medals in the 200 with 24.1 for
silver, javelin 38.00 silver, high jump 1m75 silver, discus 37.57
silver and pole vault 3m20 gold. Louis Coppard won the 400 in 52.9
followed in by Jack Rees for silver 54.9. Jack also gained bronze in
the 100 in 11.6. Liam Winton went home with three medals – a silver in
the long jump with 5m23, a gold in the triple for 10m76 and a bronze
7m51 in the shot. Fraser Hoare was second in the shot 9m82, Joe Miles
took bronze in the high jump 1m65 and Sam Davies was second in the
steeplechase 5.43.3. Piers Copeland was second in a very competitive
3000 in 9.55.7.
Under-20 events saw
Ryan Walbridge win the 1500 in 4.17.9, Sharon Hutchings win the 5000 in
19.45.1 and Charlotte Bourne win the 1500 in 5.51.7. Matt Curtis was
second in the pole vault 3m60.
In the masters’
categories, Paula Hine was third in the 200 metres in 31.1 and took
second place in the seniors’ long jump 3m99, Sarah Orr won the 1500 in
5.27.9, Mark Copeland won the 800 in 2.16.7 and was second in the 1500
in 4.46.7 and Dave Pearson won the seniors’ pole vault with 3m40.
Altogether, it was a
most satisfying couple of days. Athletes and coaches can feel proud of
what was achieved. We must, however, recognise the efforts of the
officials and particularly of Richard Nunn who spends a huge amount of
time and effort putting this event on.
Well done everybody.
here for full results for the meeting