Berryman gets the jump on rivals to win club crown

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Craig Berryman recorded an impressive victory at the Havant Club Championships.

He outshone his rivals to take the overall men’s senior title at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday.

It was a good contest throughout as the athletes took part in four events – the shot, the 100m, the long jump and the 800m.

Berryman set a new best in the long jump (5.7m) and won the shot (8.73m).

He also ran a new personal best in the 100m (12.6) and recorded a time of 2min 10.8sec in the 800m.

The highlight event of the afternoon was a stunning 800m battle, as Matt Gordon edged Chris Spinks to take a dramatic victory on the line.

Gordon hit the front inside the final 100m and held off his rival to win.

His time of 2.01 was 0.3 of a second ahead of Spinks.

Havant coach Mike Williams felt it was an exciting competition throughout.

He said: ‘Craig was better in the long jump and the shot – that’s where he picked up the points on his rivals.

‘The 800m race was very good.

‘You were never sure who was going to get it. Matt just got it on the line. It was really exciting.

‘Matt and Chris have gone under two minutes for 800m and I’m sure they will do that again this summer.’

Aaron Howard was in great form as he won the men’s under-17s title, including clocking 11.5 for the 100m.

Hayley Lovett took the senior women’s title, while Corin Bearpark completed all four events just three weeks after giving birth.

– DAVID BRAWN