Pendle’s pride at athletes’ county performances

county pride Pendle Athletics Club's Lancashire Championship medalists (top), and triple gold medalist Leah Hillman on her way to javelin victory (below)
county pride Pendle Athletics Club's Lancashire Championship medalists (top), and triple gold medalist Leah Hillman on her way to javelin victory (below)

Pendle Athletics Club enjoyed a superb Lancashire Championships in Blackpool, claiming 26 medals, 20 personal bests and two new club records!

All told, the Seedhill club returned with eight gold medals, eight silver medals and 10 bronze medals after competing in monsoon conditions, especially on day one.

Gold medalists and new Lancashire champions are Alex Baker in the Under 13s hammer (PB), Daemon Metcalfe in the Under 17 Men’s long jump (PB), Leah Hillman in the Under 17 Women’s javelin, shot putt and discus, Matthew Barnes in the Under 17 Men’s 3,000m and James Blackburn in the Senior Men’s triple jump (PB) and Senior Men’s long jump (PB).

James but also broke the Pendle club record for long jump and bettered his previous club record in the triple jump.

There were silver medals for Alex Baker in the Under 13s javelin (PB), shot putt (PB) and discus (PB), Joe Lonsdale in the Under 15s 100m and 200m, Spencer Phelan in the Under 15s javelin (PB), Luke Thompson in the Under 17s 800m (PB), and Leah Hillman in the U17 Women’s hammer (PB).

Bronze medals went to Ruby Schofield in the Under 13s 1,500m (PB) and 800m (PB), Kai Atkins in the U15s 800m (PB), Gregan Baker in the Under 15s javelin, Tim Barnes in the Under 15s high jump, Daemon Metcalfe in the Under 17 Men’s High Jump (PB), Spencer Phelan in the Under 15s shot putt (PB), and discus (PB), Luke Thompson in the Under 17 Men’s 1,500m and James Marchant in the Under 17 Men’s 3,000m.

Other outstanding performances came from the following athletes who all gained personal bests - Ruby Schofield in the 70m hurdles, Kai Atkins in the 1,500m, Joe Lonsdale in the long jump and Tiarnan Crorken in the 1,500m.

Meisha Watson, in the Under 17 Women’s 800m was one second off her personal best, Thomas Marchant again gave a strong, reliable performance, Josh Ingham ran two great races in the Under 20 Men’s 1,500m and 800m, and Matthew Thompson ran a brave race in the Under 17 Men’s 800m but unfortunately did not finished due to a recurring injury.

The club would like to thank the officials who were also exposed to the elements as they endeavoured to record the events - Sheila Markendale, Derek Butterworth, Karen Hillman, Daemon Metcalfe and Alison Phelan, as well as Faye Holden for seeding all the athletes, without whom, events such as the Lancashire Championships would struggle to take place.