Brothers win gold and bronze medals

Sam and Tom Matthews
Sam and Tom Matthews
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SAM MATTHEWS, of Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club, won the gold medal in the National Biathlete Championships at Salford Quays.

Competing in the Youth C category, for boys aged 13-14 years of age, Matthews had to contest a 500m run, followed by a 50m swim and finishing with another 500m run.

His brother Tom took the bronze medal in the same category, while William Eccleston won bronze in the B category, for boys aged 15-16 years, which comprised distances of 1000m run, 200m swim, 1000m run.

Anthony Weightman won the bronze medal in the A category for boys aged 17-18 years, where the distances were increased again to 1500m run, 200m swim and 1500m run.

BWFAC’s Lucy Whalley was a highly creditable sixth in the youth girls’ B event for the 15-16 age group, which entailed a 1000m run followed by a 200m swim and another 1000m run.

All the Blackpool athletes have now qualified for the World Championships in Dubai, in November.

Over a dozen BWFAC athletes competed in the Northern Athletics Under-20 Championships at the Costello Stadium in Hull.

Fiona Hockey won the Under-15 girls pole vault with a clearance of 2.80m, with her training partner, Hannah Newell, taking the bronze medal in the same event with a clearance of 2.60m.

Dominic Lavelle completed a full set of pole vault medals for the club by striking silver in the same age group with a clearance of 3m.

The club gained a further three bronze medals by Kate Lawler in the Under-17 women’s 300m sprint in a time of 41.60secs.

Chloe Needham in the Under-20 women’s hammer threw a distance of 39.24m, and Loryn McCrudden in the Under-20 women’s pole vault achieved a clearance of 2.80m.

The 3000m distance events of these championships took place at the Trafford AC Stadium in Manchester, where Daniel Quarmby came sixth in the Under-20 men’s event in a time of 9.36.8 seconds, and Lauren Goddard was placed ninth for the Under-20 women in 10.36.16.

The club’s middle distance champion Luke Minns maintained his good form in the latest meeting of British Milers Club Club Grand Prix with a winning time of 1.51.81 in the 800m, while Katrina Kelly was runner-up in the shot putt at the same meeting, with a throw of 8.95m.

The youngest Blackpool athlete in action during the week was 12 year-old Jerome Jolly, who travelled over to Cudworth to compete in the Barnsley Open Meeting, where he was fourth in the shot putt with a throw of 6.57m, followed by sixth in the long jump with 4.07m, and finished the day with 12th position in the 800m in a time of 2.42.9.