Records fall at county championships

Lachlan Wellington recorded a brilliant county double. Picture: Mick Young (150643-07)
Lachlan Wellington recorded a brilliant county double. Picture: Mick Young (150643-07)

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  • Series of championship best efforts recorded at Mountbatten Centre
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THE NEXT generation of top talents lit up the Hampshire Track & Field Championships.

A series of stunning displays were delivered by emerging athletes across two packed days of action at the Mountbatten Centre.

City of Portsmouth’s Lachlan Wellington led the way as he set a championship best on the way to demolishing the field in the 3,000m. Wellington’s 9min 14.3sec effort saw a new best by a whopping 11 seconds. That was as part of a double-title haul at under-15 level with the huge talent also winning the 1,500m yesterday.

The race saw City underline their depth as they claimed all the medals with Jacob O’Hara second and Callum Crook collecting bronze.

There were also new championship bests for Havant AC’s Thomas Miller in the 100m hurdles at under-17 level (13.08) and under-13 William Cubbage in the pole vault (2m 25cm).

Prodigious middle-distance runner, Josie Czura, also took a county double with wins in the under-15 800m and 1,500m. Bobbie Davies enjoyed a win over 300m in 41.01 at under-17 level.

Former City duo Evie and Maisie Grice were winners in the colours of Aldershot, Farnham and District.

Evie won in the under-20 400m and 800m, with Maisie successful in the 800m and 300m hurdles in the under-17s.

Thomas MacSwayne won the under-20 3,000m in a dominant 8.57.98.

In the field there were a host of City victories with Gaia Osborne taking two county titles in the under-17 shot putt and javelin. Wallis Canning won the under-20 hammer. It was a similar story for Heather Cubbage in the under-15 hammer with Serena Vincent and Kameron Duxbury shot winners. Robert Pattison was victorious in the discus.

It wasn’t all about the youngsters as Havant AC’s Corin Bearpark took two golds at senior level. Bearpark has taken on the challenge of competing after becoming a mother – and her efforts paid off with 400m and 800m wins.

Her 400m effort (58.74) and 800m effort (2.16.67) were season-best times. Portsmouth University’s Ed Dodd won the senior 800m (1.55.5). Claudia Cubbage (pole vault) and Rosalind Stansbury (shot) were also winners.