Records bring promotion for Spenborough athletes

SPENBOROUGH Athletics Club are celebrating their promotion to Division Two of the Northern League.

The Spen team won the final meeting of the season, on their own track last Sunday, and produced some terrific individual performances.

They finished second in the league and, although delighted with promotion, they were frustrated by the feeling that if they had been able to field their strongest team throughout the season they might have won the league outright.

On Sunday at Princess Mary Stadium there were a number of outstanding displays. Graham Bickerdike, returning from a four month lay-off due to work commitments, threw a personal best of 51metres 75cm in the javelin. It was just one of the six first places he earned in the field events, which included the pole vault 3.50m, shot, triple jump, hammer (B thrower), discus and javelin.

Jennifer Ibbitson competed well in the usual seven events of pole vault, hammer, shot, discus, high jump, ,javelin and triple jump.

Other notable performances came from Joshua Cayenne in the 100, 200 and 400 metres, also in the 100m and 400m relays.

There were a number of personal best performances recorded in what was one of the hottest days of the year so far.

Leading the way with a two metre personal best in the hammer and also a best in the shot was Katrina Gentleman.

The successful Spenborough team also included Men: Jake Rowlands, Eliot Maher, Peter Hoyle, Sam Cundall, Jonathan Hepworth, Chris Taylor, Keith McGhie.

Women: Jade Stephenson, Amanda Pearson, Amy Sharrad, Becky Rowlands, Heather Mitchell, Dijan Matheson, Jackie Carter.

"With a number of the juniors coming of age and going up into the seniors next season, things could look good for the team's outings next year," said assistant team manager Andrew Ibbitson.

He added that the club are always looking for local talent, so anybody wishing to take up or return to athletics can come down any training night, Monday or Thursday, between 7 and 8pm.

The club give their appreciation to the team managers and travelling officials for their efforts throughout the season as each team must supply officials for each meeting. Spenborough have the greatest number of officials attached to the club and gain maximum points at each meeting the club attends.