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16th Jun, 2021

Taylor powers to club record

Ben Tyler 6th May, 2021

Niamh Hillard, centre, was one of two Stratford runners to set PBs in the 1,500m race.

STRATFORD-upon-Avon Athletic Club’s young guns stole the show in their latest track and field outing last weekend.

Tearing up the track at the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton once more, 16 athletes in all represented Stratford on Saturday afternoon, as personal and club records took a beating.

In the 1500m, Taylor Stubbins broke his own record in the event to set a new club-best time of 4:15.06, while Niamh Hillard picked up a PB with her 5:07.86 finish.

Alex Adams shaved more than ten seconds off Stratford’s 3000m record for under-17 runners, crossing the line in 9:22.56 to do so.

While Dave Wilson was able to beat his own best time of 62.02 seconds in the 400m race, he fell narrowly short of beating his own 100m previous best with a finish of 13.33 seconds.

Imy Sheppard had a reversal of fortunes in the 400m’s, beating her teammates score with a 58.04 time, but crossing just over 0.3 seconds slower than her previous best.

In the hurdle races, Tessa Parkin set herself a new record of 13.47 in the 70m competition, and also starred in the 800m event – finishing in 2:51.62 alongside teammates Martha Peters (2:34.31) and Annie Silver (2:42.24).

Ameena Asad was also in action in the 70m hurdles, running home in 16.58 seconds, before setting a 19.13 time in the 100m equivalent.

Ruby Edwards starred in both the 75m hurdles and long jump events, achieving a time of 14.62 seconds and 3.82 metres respectively.

Seb Hillard was another Stratford member to participate across a number of events, running the 80m hurdles in 15.47 seconds and achieving a throw of 24.28m in the U15 javelin – an event which Alex McMilan reached a 21.24m throw.

Elfric McKenzie (3.92m) and Alex Wood (3.56m) were both on form in the under-13’s long jump, the latter also competing in the 100m and 200m races with times of 15.23 and 30.33 seconds respectively.

The club had two representatives in the shot putt, as under-13 competitor Arthur Mansbridge debuted with a 3.76m throw, while veteran Paula Williams returned to impress with a 11.34m score.

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