Heavy rain failed to dampen the high spirits at the Cambridgeshire County Championships at Peterborough athletics track on Saturday, (May 24) when hundreds of athletes toughed it out for the chance to be crowned county champions.
One of the many highlights of the rain-soaked event for Nene Valley Harriers was when U15 Josh Akinwumi decimated the field in the 300m event, sprinting to a new championship record of 39.05. He then went onto win the 80m hurdles in 12.48, all the time rushing back to compete in the high jump in between races, in which he eventually finished fourth.
U20 Rosie Jacobs was also busy competing in three events, emerging victorious in the 400m hurdles and the 400m in 68.64 and 61.76 respectively. She also impressed in the 100m hurdles, placing third in 17.23.
Although young Kai Harrison didn’t win his events, he came very close in all three, placing a close second in the U15 javelin, discus and shot. In the other age group throw competitions, fellow U15 Lydia Church won the hammer in 28.23m, senior athlete Martin Tinkler shone when winning the shot put in 13.96m and the discus in 39.63m, and U20’s Isaac Huskisson and Kelly Lawrence both won their respective discus and hammer events, Isaac throwing 32.04m and 47.15m, and Kelly taking victory with 25.20m and 37.24m respectively. There were successes in the javelin throws too, with U17 Dan Lornie taking gold with an impressive 36.81m, and club mate Tomas Saunorius winning the senior event with a huge 55.91m.
The jumps also saw some sparkling efforts, with U17 Alison Church and U15 Alex Pullen winning their long jump events in 4.6m and 4.73m respectively, while U15 Scott Waumsley annihilated the field in his high jump competition, beating his nearest competitor by 21cm with a 1.61m triumph.
Not wanting to be outdone by his older club mates, Ben Roberts stormed to victory in his U13 1500m race in 4:52.44, U15 girls Casey Hilliam and Kelsi Ellis took silver and bronze in the 800m with speedy times of 2:27.34 and 2:30.84, while U17 Phil Wilson was a convincing winner in the 400m hurdles in 59.38.
The Cambridgeshire county steeplechase and one mile events will take place in June and July at different venues. For more information, go to www.cambsathletics.org.uk