Athletics

Northcott and Hutchings break 800m records at Cornwall County Championships

CITY of Plymouth’s Jed Hutchings and Poppy Northcott both broke 800m records at the Cornwall County Championships at Par.

Poppy Northcott ended up winning three gold medals at the event, while there were also titles for fellow Plymouth athletes Rosie Northcott, Holly Reid, Harriet Beardsmore and Tavistock’s Tilly McDowell, Bradley Stevens, Ella Henry-Brock, Charlie Shipton, Lee Shipton and Ella Tomlin.

Hutchings’ success came in the under-13 800m where he equalled his PB of 2:15.5 minutes that he had set at the Cornwall AC Warm-Up Meet at Carn Brea two weeks earlier.

His time on Saturday broke a 41-year-old Cornwall County Championship record. Hutchings is currently ranked fourth in the UK over the two-lap distance.

Poppy Northcott, who is topping two UK rankings and is second in another, continued her great form in the under-13 girls’ 800m by running a record time 2:23.4 to claim victory at Par. She also won the 200m in 28.7m and the long jump with a leap of 4:18m

In the long jump she just edged out her sister Rosie by four centimetres. Rosie, though, did win the high jump with 1.25m and came second in the 100m, finishing with exactly the same time as Cornwall AC’s Cara Ellis, who was given the victory.

Reid impressed in the under-13 girls’ 1,500m. She ran a PB time of 5:05.9 minutes. Reid joins club colleagues Molly Shorey and Poppy Northcott in the UK’s top 21. Shorey is currently leading the inter-club battle over that particularly distance after she ran 5:00.08 last week at Millfield.

Beardsmore claimed two sprint golds in the under-17 girls’ category at Par with new PB times. She clocked 13.5 seconds in the 100m and 27.6 seconds in the 200m.

There was a silver medal for fellow Plymouth athlete Barnaby Hutchings in the under-11 600m in 2:01.7 and also a silver for Molly Mather in the women’s 400m hurdles, while colleague Kate Gray picked up bronzes in the under-15 300m and 75m hurdles.

Tavistock’s Stevens broke his PB to win the under-20 2,000m steeplechase in 6:45.7, while club team-mate McDowell, an under-17 athlete, won the combined women’s 1,500m steeplechase event in 5:48.0.

Tomlin won gold in the under-20 women’s shot and discus, while Lee Shipton won the under-20 boys’ shot and Charlie Shipton the men’s hammer in a PB 36.10m. He also took second in the shot behind new BUCS champion Patrick Swan.

Fellow Tavistock athlete Ella Henry-Brock took gold in the under-17 high jump with 1.50m. She was also second in the shot with a PB of 10.13. There was also a silver medal in the under-15 80m hurdles for Jacob Holland.

Full results can be found HERE.

A ROUND-UP OF THE DEVON COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS WILL FOLLOW, ALONG WITH MORE ATHLETICS NEWS

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