BWFAC’s solid start to League season

Nia Rutter won the high jump during the Northern Athletics League meeting at the Stanley Park Athletics Arena
Nia Rutter won the high jump during the Northern Athletics League meeting at the Stanley Park Athletics Arena
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The first meeting of the Northern Athletics League was held at the Stanley Park Athletics Arena.

After a strong season last year for Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, it was a moderate start, with a few team members unavailable.

The team was third with 360 points behind Holmfirth (392) and Bolton (378) with some eye-catching performances in the sprints with Lucy Mansfield winning the 100m (12.5) and 200m (25.5), while in the B sprints, Ash Colvin (13.1s) was second in the 100m and won the 200m (26.9s).

Nia Rutter won the 100m hurdles (15.6s), shot put (11.19m) and high jump (1.60m), while Rachel Bashforth won the hammer (33.09m) and discus (25.60m), with Susan Ball winning the B hammer (21.44m) and discus (27.72m).

Declan O’Hara won the pole vault, clearing four metres for the first time, as well as winning the B long jump (6.10m), finishing second in the B high jump (1.65m) and placing fourth in the triple jump (11.93m).

Luke Halstead was second in the long jump (6.43m) and high jump (1.65m), Syd Bashforth third in the hammer (28.91m) and Discus (25.29m), while Will Critchley won the B 400m (52.8s) and Tom Godwin won the B pole vault (2.70m) and was second in the B discus (20.29m).

Tony Terras competed in the 5,000m, 1,500m and 4x400m relay, Rick Pinches the 5,000m and 1,500m, Brent Starkie the 100m, 200m, 400m, hammer and 4x400m relay and Phil Ellershaw the 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles and 4x100m relay.

Kirsty Holland did the 400m hurdles, Michelle Tickle and Debbie Terras ran over 3,000m and 800m, while Darren Tremble did the 3,000m steeplechase and shot put.

Katy Wyper was unavailable as she was competing in the Women’s UK League for Wigan Harriers, finishing second in the 100m (11.93) and third in the 200m (24.86).

There were 28 runners at the BWFAC 3.73 mile Club Handicap, the highest number for several years.

The Blackpool 10K Fun Run saw a number of BWFAC runners taking part.

James Greenaway finished second in 35:58, leading in Ian Dawson (17th, 38:56).

Athletes of the Month for April were Jasmine Carey, who reached second in the UK Under-15 pole vault rankings, and Will Critchley for a seven-second 800m PB of 2:03.2.