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Bourne Leisure Centre hosts third Lincs Throws Academy shot put event

The third and final Lincs Throws Academy indoor shot put event under the watchful eye of three-time Olympian Geoff Capes took place in Bourne.

Fourteen shot putters from across the country, including Birmingham, Oxford and Sheffield, were tested over six rounds of throws at Bourne Leisure Centre.

Capes, twice Commonwealth Games and twice European Indoors champion from Holbeach, was joined by a quarter of judges as the competitors went out to distances of between eight and 14 metres.

Stephen McCauley of Oxford City Athletics Club. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-150320-071bTW. (32053042)
Stephen McCauley of Oxford City Athletics Club. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG-150320-071bTW. (32053042)

The best throw of the day came from James Dods, of County Durham, who reached 14.26m, followed Oxford's Stephen McCauley who registered 12.62m.

Two Peterborough & Nene Valley Athletics Club members also took part, including Capes' grandson Lawson Capes who had a best throw of 9.24m, just 3cms short of his personal best.

Elizabeth Moorehouse, the other Peterborough & Nene Valley athlete who, like Lawson, is part of Capes' academy, finished in the top five with a best throw of 11.59m.

Lewis Capes, Lawson's dad who runs the academy alongside his famous dad, said: "We had the usual Lincs Throws Academy members in attendance, with some others who were new.

"Lawson, Elizabeth and James Dods were just below their best, but all three performed well."

RESULT: 1. James Dods (under-20) -14.26m; 2. Stephen McAuley (45s, Oxford) - 13.76m; 3. Christian Archer (under-20, Retford) - 12.62m; 4. Daniel Brunt (40s, Sheffield) - 12.32m; 5. Elizabeth Moorehouse (under-20, Peterborough & Nene Valley) - 11.59m; 6. John Painter (60s, Eastern Masters) - 11.30m; 7. Tom Smith (under-20, Hunts) - 10.60m; 8. Max Brookes (under-15, Diss) - 10.23m; 9. Abigail Sharples (under-20, Lincoln) - 9.65m; 10. Geoff Grinsted (50, Luton) - 9.49m; 11. Gary Walter (50s, Oxford) - 9.37m; 12. Lawson Capes (under-13, Peterborough & Nene Valley) - 9.24m; 13. Luella Brookes (under-17, Diss) - 9.03m; 14. Simon Willis (55s, Birchfield) - 8.29m.

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