KATE WRIGHT gained a fabulous result in the Milton Keynes Marathon as she finished as first placed woman in a personal best time of 2:58.30, writes Danny Tolhurst.
The Stratford Athletic Club star improved on her time set in Barcelona last year by over four minutes.
Kate reached the halfway mark in 1:28.18 and ran a very strong 1:30.12 for the second half.
She was ecstatic with her achievement, saying: “It was all about the nutrition. With a bit of advice from club members, and eating like a pig, I stood at the start line knowing that I was going to run sub-three hours.
“It was a lovely feeling. As the leading lady I had an official cycle just ahead of me the whole way. I kept talking to try and distract from the job in hand.”
STRATFORD AC commenced the senior track and field season in good style at the Midland Track & Field League Division Four meeting at Banbury.
The team finished in a creditable fourth place, which provides a sound platform for the rest of the summer.
Notable performances included those of Rory Dwyer who achieved first place in the men’s 100m and high jump. Issy Cain-Daley was also successful in the women’s high jump, while Emma Slevin won the 1,500m comfortably.
The women’s 4x400m relay performance was the highlight of the day. The team of Jess Sheppard, Abi Flynn, Issy Cain-Daley and Emma Slevin led from start to finish, claiming a dominant victory and beating the club record by four seconds.
There were also promising debuts from Henry Grisenthwaite, Tara Smyth, Dan Boyd, Hannah Bexson and Seb Hopper.
The next fixture is at Corby AC on Saturday, June 6.
Full results: Men: 100m – Rory Dwyer (1st A, 11.1); Sam Mason Brown (4th B, 11.8); 200m – Sam Mason-Brown (7th A, 23.5); Oli Parker (5th B, 24.3); 400m – Rob Minton (6th A, 57.1); 110m Hurdles – Kieran Tursner (3rd A, 23.4); 400m Hurdles – Kieran Tursner (6th A, 72.7); Rob Minton (3rd B, 72.7); 800m – Seb Hopper (7th A, 2.22.7); Henry Grisenthwaite (3rd B, 2.14.2); 1,500m – Fergus Allison (3rd A, 4.30.0); Oscar Barbour (2nd B, 4.37.1); 5,000m – Josh Newman (4th A, 17.39.0); Wayne Vickers (4th B, 17.45.8); 2,000m Steeplechase – Rob Minton (3rd, 7.05.4); Kieran Tursner (2nd B, 7.44.5; Long Jump – Dan Boyd (2nd A, 6.01m); Kieran Tursner (4th B, 4.12m); Triple Jump – Dan Boyd (4th A, 10.84m); High Jump – Rory Dwyer (1st A, 2.05m); Shot Put – Peter Coote (5th A, 8.78m); Oli Parker (5th B, 6.81m); Discus – Oli Parker (5th A, 25.71m); Peter Coote (5th B, 18.00m); Hammer – Graham Black (5th, 29.85m); Peter Coote (4th B, 15.97m); Javelin – Peter Coote (6th A, 26.20m); Paul Hawkins (5th B, 16.78m).
Women: 100m – Eleanor Johnston (5th A, 13.1); Tara Smyth (6th B, 14.4); 200m – Issy Cain-Daley (4th A, 26.7); 400m – Jess Sheppard (3rd A, 62.0); Abi Flynn (1st B, 64.6); 800m – Abi Flynn (3rd A, 2.34.7); Hannah Bexson (3rd B, 2.50.6); 1,500m – Emma Slevin (1st A, 4.53.2); Cadie Hibberd (4th B, 6.25.2); 3,000m – Cadie Hibberd (6th A, 13.18.4); Long Jump – Amanda Evans (3rd A, 4.71m); Eleanor Johnston (1st B, 4.65m); Triple Jump – Issy Cain-Daley (2nd A, 10.45m); Eleanor Johnston (2nd, 10.19m); High Jump – Issy Cain-Daley (1st A, 1.70m); Georgie Evans (1st B, 1.51m); Shot Put – Hannah Bexson (7th A, 6.60m); Sarah Bland (6th B, 6.09m); Discus – Sarah Bland (7th A, 12.29m); Hammer – Sarah Bland (5th A, 21.13m); Hannah Bexson (6th B, 11.32m); Javelin – Georgie Evans (7th A, 20.67); Jess Sheppard (5th B, 16.92m); Men’s 4x100m (2nd, 45.40); Men’s 4x400m (4th, 3.57.0); Women’s 4x100m (5th A, 53.1); Women’s 4x400m (1st, 4.16.0).
League table after one fixture: Bromsgrove & Redditch 419.5 points; Solihull & Small Heath 337; Leicester Coritanian 327; Stratford 312.5; Leamington C&AC 301; Royal Sutton Coldfield 256; Corby 249.
BUCS (British Universities Championships) at Bedford: 200m – Eleanor Johnston (2nd, 26.88).
Milton Keynes Marathon (1,558 ran): Kate Wright (35th, 2:58.30 – 2:58.25 chip time) – 1st Woman.
THE STRATFORD Summer Six road race is now open for entry. The race will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 27.
The start and finish are at Mary Arden’s House in Wilmcote. Online entry is available via the club website at stratfordac.co.uk.
Oli Parker in the shot put. (s)
Kieran Tursner in the 400m hurdles. (s)
Rob Minton in the 2,000m steeplechase. (s)
Kieran Tursner in the 2,000m steeplechase. (s)
Issy Cain-Daley in the 4x100m relay. (s)