Spenborough athletes hit form on scorcher in Ashton

Fiona Thomas on her way to winning the shot putt event.
Fiona Thomas on her way to winning the shot putt event.

Spenborough’s athletes ran, jumped and threw their way to another great team performance in the Northern Athletics League fixture on a scorching hot day in Ashton under Lyne in Greater Manchester last Sunday.

In the men’s field events Glenn Aspindle was very busy with a win in the pole vault, fourth places in the high jump and triple jump, scoring high points in the long jump and topped off with a second place in the javelin.

Jason Newell gained a win in the pole vault and a season’s best in the triple jump.

Darren Thomas made his mark in the throwing events with four second places in the hammer, shot, discus and javelin to score an impressive amount of points for the team.

Jake Darby threw his way to second in the hammer, followed up by two thirds in the shot putt and discus, where he earned a personal best.

Darby capped a fine day by producing another PB in the long jump.

Spenborough women produced excellent performances to dominate the throwing events.

Beth Thomas easily won the hammer as well as the B string discus and the B string shot putt.

Charlotte Bell continued the impressive form with a win in the B string hammer and a second in the discus, while Fiona Thomas won the shot putt.

Emma Rawnsley went close to beating her season’s best in the long jump but went onto two season’s bests in the high jump and triple jump scoring great points for the team.

Rawnsley was accompanied by Rosa McKie who jumped a season’s best in the triple jump also equalling her high jump season’s best as well as a good performance in the long jump.

In the men’s sprints, Dominic Lamb stormed the 100 metres in a joint personal best time to claim first place but unfortunately an injury ruled him out of any further events.

Tom Dart was making his first attempt at the 3,000 metre steeplechase on top of a strong run in the 1,500 metres.

After running the Leeds 10K earlier in the day, Joe Sagar ran the 5,000 meters and later summoned the energy to take part in the 4x100 metre relay.

Daniel Smith ran a personal best time in the 200 metres race and then went on to produce a strong run in the 400 metres and topped off an impressive day with a personal best in the 800 metres.

In the 110 metre hurdles Glenn Aspindle ran a season’s best to finish second.

In the women’s track events, Spen’s Molly Waring ran an impressive run in the 200 metres to claim second as well as equalling her personal best with a winning run in the 400 metre hurdles.

Holly Martin ran a personal best time in the 200 metres to claim a win in the B string.

Natasha Geere ran two strong races in the 1,500 metres and the 3,000 metres just missing out on personal best times.

The Spenborough team finished fourth on the day and are fourth in of six teams in the league and they host the final league match at Princess Mary Stadium on August 4.