English Senior Champs herald four medals for MK’s elite

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TWO gold and two silver was the medal haul for Marshall Milton Keynes AC at the England Athletics Senior Championships in Bedford.

First up was Mervyn Luckwell in the javelin, launching his winning 75.35m throw in the second round to take the title by some four metres, before the other gold arrived in the discus when Lucie Prosser made light work of her opposition with a 15.76m throw.

One of the silver medals came from the club’s top disability athlete Thomas Green in the club throw with a great launch of 24.56m.

And the second came from sprinter Craig Pickering who improved in each round of the 100m, with 10.29s in his heat to 10.19s in the semi final, and even better to 10.17s in the final, but even that wasn’t quite good enough to beat winner Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

There was a near miss for Kadi-Ann Thomas with 4th in the 200m final, also improving on her heat time of 24.25s to record 24.03s in the final. She was also 5th in the 100m final with a time of 11.68s, slightly better than her heat.

Unfortunately for Chris Clarke he went the wrong way in the final having taken 2nd place in his 400m heat in 47.77s, but slowed down to 48.82s in the final to finish 6th. It was 10th in the long jump for Sophie Wilkins who cleared 5.49m and Chloe Whalley did not progress in the 100m hurdles after taking 5th in her heat with a time of 14.69s.

>> After a close competition at the National Young Athletes’ League midlands area final at Birmingham, Milton Keynes AC returned home with a very creditable 5th place finish.

While Rugby & Northampton and Birchfield dominated the event, only 21 points separated 3rd placed City of Stoke, Swansea and MMK.

>> The annual NSPCC MK Half Marathon attracted almost 1300 runners as this now well established event continues to remain popular, run to and from Bury Lawn School.

The first woman home was 14th placed Jane Ovington, taking 83m 13s to complete the one lap course, however the first club member back in 9th spot was Daniel Webber taking 80m 29s.

In 30th was Gary Blaber 87m 35s and in 35th was Wendy Webber 88m 04s, followed by 56th Neil Ovington 90m 08s, 121st Kelvin Smith 95m 12s, 134th Julie Dalzell 95m 48s, 143rd Mike Kerrigan 97m 03s, 231st Stephanie Hindmarch 1h 41m 53s, 301st Maria Calleia 1h 44m 01s, 385th Phil Atkins 1h 47m 39s, 522nd Chris Cahill 1h 52m 58s, 525th Karen Tincknell 1h 53m 44s, 592nd Tony Byrne 1h 55m 45s, 828th Peter O’Sullivan 2h 04m 23s, 955th Dave Barratt 2h 10m 25s, 1062nd Jim McKellar 2h 16m 15s, 1091st Malcolm Kidby 2h 19m 13s.