Hammer Circle Reunion Open Woodford September 24 – 25th 2016

A great weekend for Sophie Hitchon, Mick Hitchon and Charlotte Williams at the Hammer Circle Reunion Open saw all three pick up very prestigious awards for the Hammer.


(Mick Hitchon – 2nd from left on the front row)



Michael Hitchon received the Don Anthony award for Olympism, awarded to Sophie Hitchon, (currently in America training) from Hammer Circle President Peter Aston. This award ’embodies the principle of Olympism in an exceptional way that deserved suitable recognition’.

Sophie won three Awards altogether including The Bertram Trophy which is given for ‘outstanding performance at World level” as well The Hammer Circles Ladies Plate awarded for the ‘longest throw by a Senior Woman’.


(Mick receiving Sophie’s Don Anthony Award from Peter Aston)

Michael also won an award himself recognising his own coaching successes in previous years as well as currently which have included coaching Sophie and now bringing U15 Charlotte Williams and U17 Jacob Roberts through to the top of their event. This Award – The Webb Quaich –  is presented to ‘someone who has voluntarily given extraordinary time, energy and expertise in some way, which has benefited the British Hammer throwing fraternity’.

Charlotte competed at the Woodford meeting winning the U15 Girls Hammer Competition with a throw of 57.10m. That throw means that Charlotte is :

(1) 3rd on the all time list in the British Rankings – (1) 58.01 – (2) 57.74m – Charlie 57.10m

(2) set a new PB

(3) she broke her own Club Record which was previously 55.89m by well over a metre

(4) she finishes the 2016 season in second place in the National Rankings

(5) for her efforts during the season Charlotte was awarded The Paul Dickenson Salver for the best under 15 girl of  the year.


(Charlie with Coach Mick Hitchon )

It was a very happy Charlie speaking to the Club after the weekend telling us “So today I finally reached what I have been aiming for. I got 57 meters 10cm. Which is the 3rd ever best throw by an U15 girl and only 1 meter behind the best ever throw. To get this I had to put a lot of effort and hard work in, but it shows it all pays off! For my last competition of the season I am very pleased with the throw! I am very excited for next seasons throws but before all that, is hard winter training. Also I’d like to say thanky ou to everyone who supported me this year, Mick, mum, dad and all of Blackburn Harriers”.