Silver medal and PB for Jessica at Liverpool
Morpeth’s U17 throws specialist Jessica Gardiner achieved a silver medal in the discus and recorded a personal best of 34.17m at the Northern Athletics combined U13/U15/U17 Track and Field Championships at Wavertree in Liverpool on Saturday, a reflection of the good progress she continues to make under coach Neil Ellerby. She also finished sixth in the Hammer with a best of 36.02m.
Younger brother Edward, competing for the first time at this level, was eighth in the U15 Boys Javelin with a throw of 25.98m and also tenth in the Discus with 21.51m.
The same weekend, Amy Lott followed the family success story of her younger sister Hannah from the previous week at the Scottish Under 17 and Senior Track and Field Championships held at Grangemouth Stadium. She took a bronze medal in the U17 women’s 80m hurdles with a time of 11.97s, just outside her pb, losing out to Scottish sisters Coirildh and Briagha Cook who took first and second places.
Craig Charlton was also in good form at the same event winning a gold medal in the Senior Men’s Shot Putt with a best of 14.44m.
Finishing third in Sunday’s televised final of Women’s 5000m at the annual British Track and Field Championships at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium, a clearly below-par Laura Weightman – who had only just made it back to training - was well adrift by 45 seconds of her best for the season which she had posted in last month’s Anniversary Games in London’s Olympic Stadium.
In a race won from the front in determined fashion by Eilish McColgan in a time of 15m 21.38s, Weightman clocked 15m 36.73s narrowly behind Jess Judd of Blackburn.
With the World Championships in Doha next month, Weightman faces an anxious wait to see if she will be awarded a discretionary place. She has already recorded the necessary qualifying time while the race itself was run in temperatures of above thirty degrees, which saw four athletes, including Shildon’s Kate Avery, fail to finish.
Craig Charlton was tenth in the Shot against strong competition, with a best of 14.64m. Craig finished one place ahead of former Morpeth Junior Andrew Knight, now Southampton AC.