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ATHLETICS: Gold medal for Freddie

Clare Smith, Julian Smith, Simon Achurch, Ricky Huskisson
Clare Smith, Julian Smith, Simon Achurch, Ricky Huskisson

Freddie Fraser won gold in the England Athletics Under-15 and Under-17 Track and Field Championship.

The Deepings School student produced a sizzling time of 10.91 over the 80m hurdles at Bedford.

Nene Valley’s Lydia Church went one better by winning two golds in the disability championship.

Church, throwing into a gale, registered a distance of 10.54m in the discus and 25.03m for the shot.

Francesca Fenwick claimed bronze in the under-15 high jump with a clearance of 1.61m.

On his return from injury, Will Kong recorded a personal best of 37.15 when finishing second in his heat of the under-15 300m.

Kong was unable to repeat his fine form in the final, coming home seventh in 38.61.

Katie Calcutt just missed out on a podium place, finishing fourth in the under-15 hurdles with a time of 12.22. She also placed 12th in the long jump.

Jason Bogle failed to make the under-15 boys 200m final by one place with a 24.17 clocking in his heat.

Archie Rainbow finished eighth in the under-17 800m while Joe Prince was seventh in the under-17 400m.

Tim Foord failed to advance from his heat in the under-15 300m and Flo Brill crossed the line in 10th position in the under-15 800m.

Donovan Capes took seventh place in the under-15 shot.

Nene Valley’s veteran athletes carried out a smash and grab close to Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter in the British Masters Athletics Federation Championship at the Alexander Stadium.

Clare Smith picked up the over-40 200m and 400m golds with clockings of 28.04 and 63.33.

Her husband Julian finished just outside the medals in the 100m and 200m sprints but battled his way to silver in the over-45 400m with a time of 56.31.

Ricky Huskisson picked up two medals on the track, one of which was gold.

Huskisson clocked 25.27 for first place in the over-55 200m,and also won 100m bronze, crossing the line in 12.44. Both times were season’s bests for the 58-year-old.

Simon Achurch won the over-40 hammer with a throw of 43.51m.

He picked up bronze in the discus, javelin and weighted throw with distances of 33.91m 41.53m and 11.18m respectively.

John Spriggs won his first medal at this level, taking bronze in the over-65 triple jump with a 7.82m leap.

This made up for the disappointment of the long jump where he finished one place away from the medals.

Tim Needham and John Blackwell came up against some stiff competition.

Needham placed seventh in the over-65 discus and sixth in the hammer. Blackwell finished ninth in both events.

Hazel Gerring took fourth place in the over-45 discus and fifth position in the hammer and shot.

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