Bronze medal for Rachel in her multi-event debut

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Rachel Gibbens made her multi-events debut and won the bronze medal in the South of England Pentathlon Championships held at the Lee Valley Centre.

Her final score of 3422pts ranked her 3rd in the all-time MMKAC rankings. Rachel ran 9.27 in the opening event, the 60m hurdles which placed her fifth.

The high jump is one of Rachel’s specialities and she finished equal first with a leap of 1.71m and moved up the leader board to second place, just 8pts off the lead.

However the shot is not one of her best events and a throw of 9.67m placed her fifth and dropped down to the bronze medal position.

Rachel improved her points tally in the long jump(5.30m), still holding third place.

The final event, the 800m, Rachel produced a time of 2.42.06 which was more than enough to secure the bronze medal.

Incidentally her high jump of 1.71m was only one centimetre off the club indoor record set by Emma Beales back in 1991.

Subomi Onanuga competed in the Track Academy Sprint Challenge where he won his heat in a personal time of 6.94 which moved him to fifth place in the Club all-time rankings for this distance.

Kelvin Smith was the winner of the annual Watchless Wolverton Five road race where competitors have to estimate their finishing time and run without a watch. Kelvin estimated 38.39 and ran 38.40, just one tenth off a second out. There was a triple tie for second place as Hazel Cockerill, Karen Bugai and Vanessa Stride all clocked 49.53 against their estimate of 50.00. Jeremy Vick ran the fastest net time with 30.16 and Jonathan Peters second quickest, 31.32.