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Boxall and Williams lead the way for Stratford

Liam Moakes 6th Jun, 2017

STRATFORD Athletic Club fielded their strongest ever line-up in the Midland Masters Championships at Nuneaton and came away with some sensational results.

John Boxall, in his first championships in only his second season of competitive athletics, recorded personal bests in the 100m, 200m, 400m and javelin, with his javelin throw good enough to win first place in his age group.

Meanwhile, Paula Williams showed her preparations for the British and European Championships later this summer are on track with championship-best performances in both the shot put and the triple jump and a massive improvement in her personal best in the 80m hurdles.

In the 100m, she had her stiffest test, lining up against former Commonwealth sprint medallist Michelle Thomas. Right from the gun, it was a close competition, with Williams pushing Thomas right to the line, missing out on gold by just one tenth of a second.

In the longer distances, John Butler joined the familiar trio of David Jones, Phil Brennan, and Roger Wilson in his first ever championship to record his best times in ten years.

In the 5,000m, Brennan and Butler recorded first and second placed finishes in the M70 category – a result they repeated in the 1,500m.

Wilson cruised to a comfortable win in the M75 5,000m and Jones battled against a tough field in his M65 race to finish just outside the medals.

Earlier, Jones had matched his personal best to win the high jump, while Peter Coote spent a busy day sprinting, jumping and throwing preparing for the upcoming British Pentathlon Championships.

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