Hampshire Championships produce sterling winners

Havant's Corin Bearpark wins the 400m Picture: Allan Hutchings
Havant's Corin Bearpark wins the 400m Picture: Allan Hutchings
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There were many proud moments for local athletes at the Hampshire Track & Field Championships at the weekend.

Another huge entry list made it to the start line for the annual event at the Mountbatten Centre, with the county’s finest there to compete for top honours.

And joining them on the sidelines were hundreds of family members and friends, who all made the effort to cheer loved ones on in their individual disciplines.

The action came thick and fast, with both Saturday and Sunday set aside for the championships.

And those in attendance couldn’t have been disappointed with what they saw, with the athletes on show producing some impressive performances.

From the local contingent taking part, gold, silver and bronze was won across all age-groups and disciplines.

City of Portsmouth’s Joe Martin celebrated a sprint double after he won both the under-17 men’s 100m and 200m titles in 11.15sec and 22.51sec respectfully.

A brace of victories was also enjoyed by City team-mate Thomas Miller.

Competing in the under-20 men’s age-group, he secured wins in the 110m hurdles (14.30) – which was a championship best – and 400m hurdles (54.94) to make it a weekend to remember.

Under-15 girls’ ace, Hollie Thurgood, claimed county titles in the 75m hurdles (11.5) and long jump (5m 6cm) – as did Saffron Moore (800m, 2.17.56 and 1500m, 4.47.05)

Senior Adam Akehurst enjoyed another memorable event with victories in the shot (13.07) and javelin (59.15). Meanwhile, Gaia Osborne had two championship bests thrown into her achievements at the Mountbatten Centre.

Her throw of 14.30 in the under-17 women’s shot proved good enough to claim gold and an event best.

And the same applied for her winning throw in the javelin, with her effort of 44.33 never been achieved before.

Corin Bearpark was also on doubles at the Mounbatten Centre, with the Havant runner winning the senior women’s 400m (58.53) and the 800m (2.14.50)

In the outfield, the Cubbage family, who all compete for City of Portsmouth, had every reason to feel proud of themselves after they returned home with a sackful of medals.

Heather Cubbage (under-17 women) won the discus with a throw of 37.48.

Brother William (under-13 boys) claimed the pole vault title for his age group after a jump of 2.20.

And mum Claudia had a busy weekend, too, after she medalled in the senior women’s pole vault (second, 2.40), shot (third, 9.80) and discus (third, 21.51).

City kept up their proud tradition in the championships with further wins for Harrison Pocock (senior men’s 400m, 49.51), Mark Bushell (senior men’s high jump, 1.85), Sam Bickley-Vaile (senior women’s 100m hurdles, 16.75), Tom Farres (under-20 men’s pole vault, 4.50), Cerys Thomas (under-17 women’s hammer, 43.10), Carter Clothier (under-15 boys’ 100m, 11.65), Kameron Duxbury (under-15 boys’ shot, 12.69), Matthew Galbraith (under-15 boys’ triple jump, 10.83), Madeline Wilton (under-15 girls’ triple jump, 10.50), Serena Vincent (under-15 girls’ shot, 12.90 – championship best) and Tyler Pattison (under-13 boys’ discus, 24.56).

For Havant, Amy Bream added to Bearpark’s efforts with victory in the senior women’s 1500m (5.37.63).

Devon Brimecombe, competing for Basingstoke & Mid Hants, won the under-20 women’s 400m hurdles in 65.97.

Aldershot, Farnham & District’s Evie Grice, from Portsmouth, won the under-20 women’s 400m in 58.74.