Athletics: Make or break for Myerscough

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THE pressure on thrower Carl Myerscough to claim a place in the Olympic Games in London this summer will intensify next weekend in Birmingham.

He is now free to compete at the Games after a British Olympic Association ban on drugs offenders taking part in the Games was quashed.

Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde AC member Myerscough was one of those given a reprieve, and now the discuss thrower and shot putter has his sights on the Olympic trials in Birmingham from June 22 to 24.

The first two athletes home in each event get into the GB Olympic team provided they hold a current A standard mark.

Myerscough, now domiciled in the United States, increased his season’s best performance to 20.10m, when he was runner–up in the Jim Bush Southern California track and field championships.

The field event giant, who is chasing the Olympic qualifying distance for the shot of 20.50m. was also placed second in the discus with a distance of 58.75m – an event in which he has already achieved the Olympic qualifying mark of 65m.

Meanwhile, six BWFAC athletes competed in the 2012 Olympic Celebration open meeting at Witton Park, Blackburn.

Dominic Lavelle won the pole vault, pool two, where he got the better of several older athletes with a clearance of 2.80m.

Loryn McCrudden won the Under-20 women’s age group with a clearance of 2.60m, closely followed by Fiona Hockey who won the Under-15 girls’ event with 2.50m.

Katrina Kelly took the Under-20 women’s event with a 2.20m clearance.

Ashley Hails was runner-up in the Under-17 men’s 100m. in 13.8 seconds, with his brother Jack placing third in 14.1 seconds.

Kelly won the Under-17 women’s event in 14.50.

Kirkham’s Luke Minns achieved a season’s best performance of 3.48.65 at Watford in the BMC Nike Grand Prix.

BWFAC’s Japan-based athlete Duncan Shaw took part in the Tokyo Throwing Meeting, where he achieved personal best performances in both the discus and hammer throw events with distances of 29.27m and 41.72m respectively.

At the Knowsley Disability Meeting at Liverpool, Lisa Daley won the F37/40/42 Division 400m race in 66.10.

BEFAC members took part in the Welsh Castles Relay from Caernarfon to Cardiff.

John Bradley completed his nine miles in 80.06.

Terry Bradshaw (77.02) Bev Wright (84.47) and Bob Massey (75.57) took the baton safely on to the ramparts of Harlech Castle.

Dave Randall ran to Barmouth before Gary Johnston headed into the Welsh mountains at Dolgellau.

Through the mountains, Steve Waterhouse ran an excellent leg out of Dolgellau to take fifth place and first veteran, completing 9.15 miles in 56.59.

On the next leg, John Wright also took the veteran’s prize and fourth place overall running his 10.8-mile leg in 63.03.

Hilary Goorney and Steve Lang completed the first day at Newtown.

The following day Peter Gibson tackled the extremely tough half marathon leg from Newtown.

Vicky Robinson and David Twizell landed the largely downhill runs towards the Severn spas of Llandrindod and Builth Wells, before Jeff Wright, Tony Croft, and Nick Hume continued down the Teifi towards Cardiff.

Stuart Williams anchored the team into Cardiff Castle for 51st place.

At Cuerden Valley, John Oliver took 10th place in 41.20. Peter Singleton was 31st in 45.08, Alan Smart 72nd in 53.19 and Bernard Singleton 87th in 56.58.

Jenny Ryan completed the course in 56.54.

Stuart Robinson was 15th in the Blaydon Races, and David Cairns 136th.