Region’s athletes make their mark in end-of-season events

THERE were a number of good end of season performances from athletes in the region over the weekend.

City of Plymouth’s Poppy Northcott looks set to end the year in the top 10 in four different British Athletics recognised under-13 events.

She went into the weekend already topping the 600m rankings, sitting third in the 1,200m and sixth in the 800m and she added to that by moving up to ninth in the UK 200m rankings with a 27.1 second run at the Havant AC Open Meeting. That knocked a second off her previous best time for that distance.

She also set a new City of Plymouth record for the 1,000m. She clocked 3:06.6 for the two-and-a-half lap race, which is not a main ranking event.

Her sister, Rosie, also competed at Havant and won the under-13 high jump with a leap of 1.35m.

Meanwhile, at the Newquay & Par Last Ditch Throws Open, Tavistock’s Nicolas Maczugowski set a new PB for the under-13 discus. He threw 26.38m to move up to 15th in the UK. He is also ranked in the top 30 for the shot and he threw 9.40m in Cornwall.

City of Plymouth’s Nubia Evans-Shields looks certain to end the year at the top of the under-13 discus rankings. Her best throw this season – 39.55m – is more than five metres further than anyone else in the age group has thrown. She eased to victory in that event at Par with a 39.15m effort, which was her second best of her short career.  In the same event, Tavistock’s Ella Patterson moved into the UK’s top 20 with a PB throw of 23.20m.

Hannah Gellatly is in the UK’s top 15 for the under-17 hammer and she threw 46.10m in Cornwall in that event, while also throwing 32.42m in the under-20 competition.

Plymouth team-mate Libby Fitzgerald won the under-15 girls’ hammer with a throw of 28.07m. She also set a PB in the shot of 8.23m.

In the men’s events, City of Plymouth’s Jonathan Edwards threw 57.09m in the hammer and 41.48m in the discus.

Away from the track, Plymstock Road Runners’ Graham Bale continued his good year by finishing sixth and first over-50 in the Truro Half Marathon.

Bale clocked a gun time of 1:22.01, with Plymouth Harriers’ Alex Peyton-Jones eighth and second in the M35-39 age category in 1:22.26. Tamar Trotters’ Richard Morton was first male over-65.

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