Greg takes bronze on return

Greg Rutherford
Greg Rutherford

Olympic champion Greg Rutherford returned to long jump action at the weekend, leaping 8.00m to finish third in the Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Rutherford’s jump was a personal best for indoor competition, though it wasn’t good enough to beat Russia’s Aleksandr Menkov as he cleared 8.14m in the third round.

There were plenty more PBs for Marshall Milton Keynes Athletic Club at the Games.

In the 60m as Ryan Walker (M20) set his new target at 7.17s and Elysia Marriott (F20) reduced her best to 8.10s.

Another two PBs came in the 200m although the fastest time by Elysia Marriott (F20) 27.05s was not quite at her best but Meredith Kenton (F17) set a new PB of 28.14s while Kreston Edghill (M17) recorded 29.63s and Kate Maddox (F15) improved her best to 39.18s.

The final PB came in the long jump for James Mottram (M17) as he leapt 5.23m, while Lucy Johnston (F17) cleared 4.80m and Kreston Edghill (M17) 4.32m.

In the 400m Hannah Bushell finished in 62.06s and in the high jump Lucy Johnston (F17) cleared 1.60m.

Competing in the South of England Veteran’s Indoor Championships at the Lee Valley complex John Browne (M60) won his 60m age category in 8.02s while it was 3rd for John Turner (M55) taking 8.79s with 5th Jim Lawrence (M55) 9.28s and 4th Paul Canning (M45) 8.11s.

In the 200m John Turner was 5th finishing in 29.16s with 6th for Jim 31.70s and 3rd by Paul 26.11s while in the 400m Jim was 5th in 78.82s and Paul 2nd 60.99s.

The triple jump produced Paul’s second silver medal with a clearance of 9.44m.