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Stratford AC's Rory Dwyer takes the gold medal after impressive leap at the Midland Counties Athletic Association Senior & U20 Championships



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RORY Dwyer returned to form with a bang at the Midland Counties Athletic Association Senior & U20 Championships at the weekend.

Rory Dwyer on top of the podium.
Rory Dwyer on top of the podium.

The Stratford AC ace took the gold medal after recording a massive leap of 2.15m in the high jump, believed to be his highest jump since June 2016 when he cleared a PB height of 2.17m.

Dwyer’s latest jump puts him in eighth place in the current UK rankings.

As well as Dwyer’s performance, it was another successful championship for club members.

Paula Williams recorded throws of 11.20m in the shot put, picking up a bronze medal, and a season’s best of 36.52m in the javelin.

There were other season’s best performances from both Faye Gourlay in the high jump, with a clearance of 1.40m, and Emily Field with a time of 2:23.69 in the 800m.

Charlotte Gravelsons ran a PB time of 69.66s in the 400m, dipping under 70 seconds for the first time.

It was a performance that placed her in the top 50 for her age in the current UK rankings.

Meanwhile, Imogen Sheppard finished sixth in the final of the 400m, clocking 58.83s.

It has been a tremendous couple of days for the Campbell siblings. On Friday evening, in the club’s own Super 2 event, Tilly recorded a seven-second PB in the 800m with a time of 2:53.4.

At the Midland T&F Championships, brother Ned ran his first ever official 3,000m in 10:05.22.

He also recorded a PB in the 800m with a time of 2:11.75, shaving a couple of seconds off his previous best.

Meanwhile older sister Georgie ran a PB time of 2:17.70 in the 800m and in the 1,500m she recorded a seven-second PB with a time of 4:35.58. This places her 17th in the current UK rankings for her age.

Alex Adams leading the field in the 3,000m race.
Alex Adams leading the field in the 3,000m race.

Elsewhere, on Tuesday evening at the Kettering Town Harriers Open Meeting, 15-year-old Alex Adams won the 3,000m in a PB time of 9:13.12, knocking nine seconds off his previous best time recorded just over a month ago. This puts Adams 44th in the current UK rankings for his age.

At the Moulton Summer Inter Club Event,16-year-old Taylor Stubbins continued his fine early season form, winning the 1,500m in 4:15.2, just 0.014s off his PB.

Finally, on Wednesday night at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton, three of the club’s athletes competed in the Night of 800m, resulting in PBs for all them.

James Mucklow (2:12.39) shaved almost a second off his previous best time. Josh Harrison knocked five seconds off his previous best time with a run of 2:40.6 while Sam Plumb continued his superb form with a five-second improvement with a time of 2:31.77.

Stratford AC Junior Super 2

STRATFORD AC decided to stage their own junior internal events to provide their younger athletes the chance to run, jump and throw.

A total of 80 juniors took part in the event to gain some much-needed practice, something which has been in short supply due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The emphasis was on the athletes competing for themselves and establishing their own PBs.

Events like these take a considerable amount of volunteer time behind the scenes and at the event, 30 of the club’s officials descended on the track to make it a roaring success.

Ruby Edwards on her way to a soft landing.
Ruby Edwards on her way to a soft landing.


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