Podium places for the Curtis brothers

Ryan Walker
Ryan Walker

Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club picked up four medals and a new club record was smashed in a busy weekend.

The annual England Athletics Championships for the U20 and U23 age groups were held at Bedford and produced four medals and a club record in the field events.

The three Curtis brothers all stood on the podium after the javelin competition whilst Laeken Impey yet again improved her personal best to win bronze in the hammer.

Freddie Curtis won silver in the U23 javelin with older brother, Jackson taking the bronze.

The battle for gold was actually settled in the firsts round as Freddie threw 70.22m and then Matti Mortimore (Ipswich) threw 70.33.

They were unable improve on these performances over the five remaining attempts. Elder brother Jackson opened with 57.62m and then his third round throw of 58.13 was good enough for the bronze medal.

There was a similar situation in the U20 javelin where the winning throw from Harry Hughes (West Suffolk) of 67.28 came in round one.

Redford Curtis was initially in third place but unleashed a throw of 60.84m in the third round to consolidate the silver medal position.

Laeken Impey is probably the most improved athlete in MMKAC.

At the end of 2014 Laeken had a hammer best of 43.50m and under the guidance of her coach Jack Kee she has now improved by over 6m! Competing in the U20 hammer event she was in fourth place(45.55m) after 3 rounds but then in round 5 a huge throw of 49.80m moved her up to the bronze medal position. Laeken then threw 49.55m on her sixth and final attempt.

Laura Zialor was involved in a highly competitive U20 triple jump competition.

She was in sixth place(11.73m) after the first 3 rounds and then improved her club record (albeit by just 2cm) in round five to move up to fourth position.

She held this in round 6 as the fifth place competitor closed up to 11.85m.

The MMKAC senior men’s and women’s team, after fourth places in their opening Southern League Division One track & field matches, convincingly won at home ahead of Norwich, Basingstoke and Portsmouth. A perfect start on the track with 100m victories from both the men - Subami Onanug a(10.94) and, pictured, Ryan Walker (11.07) AND the ladies – Elysia Marriott (12.57) and Rachel Oderinde (12.65).

The ladies then repeated this double in the 200m races from Jordan Heron(26.02) and Casey Hodge s(26.08). Elle Roche, pictured, continued the successes winning the A 800m (2.19.91) and then raced to 2nd in the A 1500m (4.53.60). Lara Bromilow won the A 3000m (10.21.8) and then the B 1500m (4.53.60).

Again the lady throwers amassed good points, none more so than Kayleigh Presswell who won the hammer throwing 49.41m which gave her the ladies “man of the match” award(based on a points scoring system). Emma Beardmore won the B event(45.57m) and then the A shot (10.88m).

Emma Beales won her speciality, the discus throwing 30.39m with Emma Beardmore winning B discus throw(29.92m).

Antoine Montcomble made his club debut for the men with second place in the 400m (51.34) and welcomed back Gavin Wilcox, after a couple of years lay-off, who ran a close second position in the 800m(2.02.05). Liam Smith made his 2015 track debut, second in the 1500m (4.19.10). Ryan Burling made his 5000m debut with a very solid 15.33.49 for second in the A race whilst Steve Tuttle was also second in the B race (16.00.81) and then later in the 2km steeplechase (6.57.41). Mark Palser won the B ‘chase (7.37.06).

The lateral jumps were big points scorers for the ladies. Naomi Greener won the A long jump (5.26m) with Molly Adams, in her SAL debut, winning the B long jump (5.10m). Molly then tripled jumped a PB of 11.00m to win this event with Kewe King taking the B (9m85). Kewe had earlier won the pole vault with a height of 2.40m. For the men, Andre Sinclair-Linton set a MMKAC veterans record in the high jump with 1m65 as Felix Lum won the B event(1.55m). Jamil Hassan(u17) triple jumped 12.95m for 2nd place, just 8cm of his PB set a week earlier.

The under 15 team travelled to Loughborough for the latest Youth Development League match, Midland Premier Division, and again acquitted themselves very well at this level of competition and were just pipped for 3rd place by 2points by the mighty Birchfield Harriers. With one match remaining they seem almost certain to retain their premiership status for 2016.

The 15 boys sprint relay team again broke the club 4 x 100m record as the quartet of Joe Phillips, Chris Arnull, David Boakye and Ethan Wiltshire clocked 48.21 from their time of 48.3 set at the previous match. In the U13 boys sprints Harrison Reed again did the double, 100m in 12.72 and 200m in 25.66 which was a club record bettering the time set by Chris Clarke of 25.7 from 2002. Whilst Pemiwa Aderoju won the 75m Hurdles clocking 13.62. There were B string wins from Izaac Larbi (shot/6.32m), Freddie Finn(long jump/3.83m) and George Ho (high jump/1.15m)

For the U13 girls Imogen King won the 1200m(4.01.57) with Charlotte Underwood 2ndB (4.19.24). Wins were tough for the U15girls but B string victories went to Amy Milne in the pole vault (1m80) and javelin (20.91m). Tamzin Hill won the B high jump clearing 1.40m.