Blackman takes national title at first attempt

Report: First published Stockport Express -

Stockport Harriers' Martin Blackman won the national veterans over-40s 400m title at his first attempt at Birmingham's Alexandra Stadium last Saturday.

Blackman won in a time of 50.3 sec from former three-time champion K Bentham of Belgrave Harriers.

The Harriers younger athletes were also in action, and competed at Woodbank stadium in the national young athletes league where they won the match against visiting clubs Spenborough, Warrington and Oswestry.

The under-13s girls produced some of the best results with Bryoney Pearce again producing a fast 1,200 metres time of 3mins 51sec in blustery conditions.

Michelle Wiblin produced one of the meetings highlights in the under-13 girls high jump.

Having only ever jumped once before, she won the competition with a height of 1 metre 34cm which was close to a grade one mark.

The under-13 girls also had wins in the 75 metres with Amber McCann winning in 11.1sec while Hannnah Walker took the B event in 11.5sec for maximum points.

Other notable performances came in the under-17s girls 300 metres with Claire McMurdock recording a fast 42.03 to win.

Lucy McLoughlin won the girl of the match of award for her grade one performance in the under-15s girls 800 metres in 2.20, and Ruth Jenyon secured maximum points in the B event winning in 2.25.

Jess Coulson and Leah Kay completed a middle distance double with Jess breaking the five minute barrier for the first time in 4min 58 sec, while Leah came second in 5min 4 sec.

In the boys competition, the versatile Ben Styles had a win in the under-17s 800metres and claimed second place in the 200m.

David Hicketts won the 1,500 metres steeplechase with a faultless piece of barrier work in 4.49.

The teams return to action next month and travel to Spenborough.

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