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Newbury AC athletes impress at English Championships and Gloucester Track Races

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Three Newbury Athletic Club athletes competed at the annual English Schools Championships in Manchester at the weekend.

Harry Ricketts, 18, won silver in the senior boys hammer throw thanks to a throw of 62.55 metres in his final English Schools Champs.

Fin Hanham finished fifth in the inter boys hammer throw competition with a new personal best throw of 53.75 metres.

Harry Ricketts (left) with Olympic hammer throwers Paul Head and Bob Weir
Harry Ricketts (left) with Olympic hammer throwers Paul Head and Bob Weir

Maisie Jeger, meanwhile, represented Newbury AC in the senior girls 800 metres.

Unfortunately for Jeger, also in her last English School Champs, she was drawn in an extremely strong heat.

That proved to be the 18-year-old's undoing as the race set off at a relentless pace which meant Jeger tired somewhat towards the home stretch and her time of 2m18s wasn't quite enough to secure a spot in the final.

Two other Newbury AC members were also involved in their respective national championships.

Helen Broadbridge achieved the result of the weekend, winning gold in both the discus and hammer events at the Inter-Services Championships at Wolverhampton.

Helen Broadbridge (57986653)
Helen Broadbridge (57986653)

Broadbridge set a new record in the hammer with a mammoth 49.99 metre throw.

Harrison Cox, in his first competition, won a bronze medal in the National Prep Schools Championships with a promising 10.29 metre throw.

Elsewhere, two Newbury AC athletes braved the almost 30 degree heat at the Gloucester Track Races Event on Sunday, July 10.

Mark Flitton won the marathon race, 105 laps of the track, in a time of 3h8m30s – more than an hour clear of his nearest competitor.

72-year-old Mike Sheridan broke the V70 world record in the 50 kilometre race.

Sheridan completed the 125 laps of the track in 3h56m19s to finish sixth overall and smash the world record by 27 seconds – an astonishing achievement.

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