Three years ago Northern Athletic Club decided to send a team to the Lancashire County Track & Field Championships to help improve the standards of its members. They had individual success the last couple of years and loads of new personal bests. This year that was to change, still lots of new Personal bests but they also gained 19 medals across the whole team, Manx records and County call ups. One of the stars of the weekend was young 12 year old James Margrave (remember the name) he won 2 gold medals in Shot & Javelin, a silver in Discus and bronze in Long Jump in his first major championships, with help I’m convinced that Margrave will go on to rewrite the record books.
Glen Quayle from Baldrine received an invitation to join the Lancashire County squad for the Inter County’s by winning the gold in Pole Vault he also broke Wesley Kirk’s 23 year old Manx record in the under 15 Boys in the process, Quayle had already picked up bronze in the High Jump. Not to be outshone by the boys 15 year old Ashleigh Lachenicht from Port Erin was also selected for the County Squad after picking up silver medals in the 300 metres on Saturday and 800 metres on Sunday, Team mate Jessica Hill in the under 15 girls 300 metres also won a silver. Having won a bronze in the very first event of the Championships 12 year old Kira Perry went one better in the last by taking silver in the 200 metres final. George Melvin picked up silver in the under 15 boys Hammer his cousin Abbie took the bronze in under 17 girls adding to the Silver won in the Triple Jump.
Already ranked 5th Best in UK for 3000 metres but not quite a 100 % fit Lorna Spiers from Peel led the race until the very last lap Spiers easily won the silver as she was over half a lap ahead of third place girl in a new personal best time of 10 minutes 54.7 seconds. Other medal winners over the weekend were Tazmin Fayle in the under 13 girls hammer with silver, Ross Quayle bronze in the High Jump, Lydia Morris bronze in the 800 metres and Ciara Goddard in the Pole Vault.