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ATHLETICS: PBs all around for Team IOM in first round of Northern Track & Field League

Manx competitors make good impression in Ellesmere Port

Report by Dave Griffiths:

Team Isle of Man travelled to Ellesmere Port on Saturday to contest the first of four fixtures during the season in the Western Premier Division of the Northern Track & Field League. 

The team was much depleted this time with many of the younger athletes having exam commitments and some of the older ones in action on the island. They finished last of the six teams involved but only by a very narrow margin, and it was actually pretty close between all six teams.
Individual results that stood out were a return to form after injury for Sam Perry with a speedy PB of 54.9 stepping down in distance to 400m, and equalling his 800m PB with 2:01.4 (not to mention throwing the Javelin more than 31 metres). 
Alex Bell went close to his PB in the 800m with 1:57.1, and Daniel Stewart-Clague was as consistent as ever across a range of events, equalling his 200m PB with 22.8.

Meghan Pilley cracked her 100m PB with an impressive 12.4, and her time of 26.2 for the 200m was an outdoor PB. Molly Phillips ran a significant PB in the 200m of 28.4, and Catherine Perry’s time of 71.1 for the 400m hurdles was also a PB.

An impressive debutante was U17 athlete Ashleigh Schreuder, whose Triple Jump of 9.07m was very promising.

Megan Lockwood and Tazmin Fayle covered all the throwing events between them, and Megan came close to her PB in the Hammer.

Elsewhere, Sarah Astin and Rachael Franklin both performed extremely well over 10km at the weekend – Sarah on the track in London and Rachael on the road in Manchester. 

Sarah misjudged her laps and thought she had finished after 24 laps, only to be told she had another to do which she described as the hardest 400 metres of her life.

Rachael also lined up alongside a great athlete Hellen Obiri of Kenya in Manchester, and finished in an excellent tenth place in the women’s 10k race at the Great Manchester Run. 

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