Relay teams clinch gold medals galore on big stage
GLOUCESTER AC were in dominant form in the County Relays Championships at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track.
In the Under-13 4x100m events the boys' team of Lewis Drewett, Joe Langbridge, Sam Earl and Lewis Nicholls struck gold.
In the girls' race, the A squad of Amelia Hill, Saskia Barnett, Jude Dowdeswell and Alidia Vaile won gold and the second-string team of Ellie Emerson, Stephanie Fox, Annabelle Richardson and Gabrielle Adams taking silver.
There was another double celebration in the Under-17 4x100m events as the ladies' team of Adela Hill, Siobhan Barnes, Imogen Maguire and Catherine Hardy and the Under-17 men's team of Ben Potts, Julian Richardson, Luke Hill and Jevaughn Gayle both took convincing victories.
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The hastily-assembled senior men's 4x100m team of Nas Purewal, Tom Beckett, Andrew Bowers and Ian Willoughby won the silver medal.
There were three further successes in the 4x400m races, where the Gloucester Under-20 men's team of Andrew Bowers, Tom Beckett, Ben Potts and Julian Richardson took the gold medal.
There were gold medals for the Under-13 girls' team comprising Saskia Barnett, Jude Dowdeswell, Amelia Hill and Alidia Vaile and the Under-13 boys' team of Lewis Drewett, Joe Langbridge, Sam Earl and Lewis Nicolls.
The meeting also incorporated the county 10,000m track championships, in which Peter Woodward of Bristol and West AC was a convincing winner.
Gloucester's Mike Mansfield placed fourth overall and first M40 in 37.04.5 and Beryl Sampson finished 14th overall and first LV55 in 45.36.4.
Several Gloucester AC members recorded personal bests at the August White Horse 5K road race.
Nathan Smith, in his last race before the Thames Meander Marathon, equalled his personal best in 16.43 for 17th.
Dave Gresswell continued his return to form, placing 36th in 17.56, and was just ahead of Matt Powell 18.06 in 38th.
Hayley Winters placed 47th in 18.40, which was just two seconds off her PB, while Arthur Daley finished 59th in 19.26 – an improvement of 34 seconds on his last 5K three weeks previously.
As this race incorporated the county 5K road race championships, it meant Daley took the M60 title.
Rob Jordan placed 79th in 21.52 and Dave Spackman was 82nd in 22.27, placing second M60 in the county championship.
Gareth Winter placed third in the shot putt at the International Athletics Gala in Antwerp with 16.04m.
Another thrower to show good end-of-season form was Anna Robertson at the City of Stoke Open Meeting, taking first in the hammer with 43.78 and shot putt in 9.75 before setting a PB of 28.29m for second place in the discus.
At the Birchfield Open Meeting Christine Campbell placed sixth in the ladies' 100m in 16.71 seconds and fourth in the 200m in 35.12 for a PB.
The South West England Championships featured Ellen Thrall, who took bronze medals in the Under-17 ladies' discus (23.99m) and hammer (37.75m).
Nathan Smith of Gloucester AC placed third in the Thames Meander Marathon in Kingston-on-Thames in a PB of 2:53.55. Hayley Winters was second lady and 19th overall in 3:18.46 – also a PB.
In the supporting half marathon Denise Evans placed 56th overall and 1st W45 in 1:52.58.
Jubilee Mile: Race one - 8 Matt Powell 5.24.9; race two - 7 Arthur Daley 6.02.5, 11 Beryl Sampson 6.20.9, 17 Dave Spackman 7.04.5; race four - 5 Alidia Vaile 6.08.3.
Open Mile: 10 Mike Anderton 7.44.8.