Picture special: Athletes excel at the Cambridgeshire Athletic Association Track & Field Championships
Championship best performances were the order of the day at the Cambridgeshire Athletic Association Track & Field Championships in Cambridge.
After the interruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the championships returned to their traditional date in May, and it was a packed schedule at Wilberforce Road.
Among the top displays on the track and field were nine new championship records, including one being broken that had stood for 43 years.
That was achieved by Hunts AC competitor Tom Waterworth.
He ran 1min 56.8sec in the under-17 men’s 800m, beating the previous mark of 1.57.5 set by Hunts’ Colin Burton and Peterborough AC’s Tony Jarman in 1979.
It also put him sixth in the national rankings.
Samuel Clarke was triumphant in the men’s 400m hurdles in 52.95, beating the record of Shaftesbury Barnet’s Greg Dunson of 53.8, which was achieved back in 1988.
Cambridge & Coleridge AC’s Jasmine Christmas took a
whopping four seconds off the championship record in the under-13 girls’ 1,500m.
She won in 4.52.47, bettering the mark of PAC’s Donna Kelllard of 4.56.7, which was set in 1991.
C&C team-mate Leah Wagstaff sprinted into the record books.
She won the under-15 girls’ 75m hurdles in 11.19, eclipsing the previous best of 11.8 that had been achieved by Commonwealth Games gold medalist Louise Hazel (2001), GB heptathlete Caroline Pearce (1998) and PAC’s V Henson (1993).
Francesca Bush became the quickest runner in the under-13 girls’ 100m.
The C&C athlete won the final in 13.49, 0.11 faster than Ella Houghton’s best of 13.58 from 2009.
C&C’s Serena Blackwood posted a championship best in the under-20 women’s 100m.
She timed 12.39 for victory, dipping under PAC’s Ella De Lucis’ 2014 time of 12.70.
Hunts AC’s Willow Bedding earned success in the under-17 women’s hammer with a throw of 49.85m, which added 3.25m to the previous record of S&N’s L Taylor from 2018, and moved her second on the national rankings for her age group.
Lewis Legge, of Peterborough & Nene Valley AC, won the under-13 boys’ 800m in 2.16.87, bettering the mark of C&C’s Matthew Smith of 2.19.03 set in 2019.
Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC’s Keira Gilman clocked a record in the under-20 women’s 200m.
She timed 25.77 to dip below the 25.89 of C&C’s Joanne Peak from 2013.