Down at Sportscity this weekend – June 22/23rd – the 2013 Northern U20 / Senior Athletics Championships took place.


A number of Harriers had entered the Championships with Ben Fish, Matt Lalor and Chris Barnes in the Senior 5000m – Karl Billington in the Senior 1500m – Robert Warner in the U20 1500m – Sarah Henton in the Senior Women’s Discus, Jamie Vickery in the Senior Men’s 200m and brother Jack Vickery in the U20 Men’s Hammer.

Standout performance of the day wwho is now a V40 athlete, competing in the Senior Women’s Discus and winning the Gold Medal in a season’s best 49.65m which places her 5th in the Women’s National Rankings and top of the V40 Women’s Rankings.


In not the best of conditions for middle distance racing Ben Fish led the Senior 5000m Men’s race with 500 metres to go but had to settle for 2nd place and a Silver medal in a season’s best 14:44.30; In the 1500m Karl Billington contested the Senior Men’s Race in another season’s best of 4:12.09 (8th) and Robert Warner ran in the U20 Men’s Race 4:12.72 (15th), a bit down on his season’s best so far. Matt Lalor who runs for Blackburn on the track and in his first Championship Track Race over 5000m ran a really good 16:21.30. Jamie Vickery ran 23.36 sec in the 200m Heat – a season’s best –  into a headwind of -2.7m/s.

Jack Vickery who is in a rich vein of form this season contested the U20 Men’s 6kg Hammer event and added nearly 30cm to his PB with a throw of 49:67m and 5th place.

Trafford Grand Prix June 25th

Zac Howe had a good run at Trafford to win his Heat (5) 800m Race in 2:01.05 – V50 Phil Hall in Heat (8) ran a season’s best of 2:09.73 (7th) and then doubled up in the 1500m to post another seasons’ best of 4:24.29 (7th) – Tom Cornthwaite after his recent exertions on the Road and Fell contested the BMC Gold Standard 1500m Race on the same night running another season’s best of 4:10.30.


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