Blackpool sprinter Katy Wypes the floor with her rivals

Katy Wyper crossing the line in the 60m final at Sheffield
Katy Wyper crossing the line in the 60m final at Sheffield

Last weekend was a busy one for the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC athletes with plenty of action in track and field, cross country and on the road.

It was a successful competition for BWFAC in the Northern Indoor Championships at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport.

Katy Wyper continued her excellent start to 2018 with victory in the senior women’s 60m thanks to a PB of 7.54s.

The Under-17 pole vault had a tense conclusion with BWFAC’s Jasmine Carey and Bury’s Harriet Vaughan in a jump-off after both cleared 3.30m and failed three times at 3.40m.

Carey cleared 3.40m on her first attempt to win gold with team-mate Amelia Shearman sixth with 3.10m.

Elsewhere, Bradley Parsons posted a PB of 7.38s in the Under-17s’ 60m final, James Nicholas did likewise with 53.37s in the 400m as did Alex Hughes with 52.33s in the Under-20s’ 400m and 23.04s over 200m.

Daniells Whipp (2:25.07) was fourth in the Under-17s’ 800m final, Luke Halstead (6.13m) ninth in the senior men’s long jump and Kirsty Rushton (8.48s) set a PB in the Under-17s’ 60m.

Emily Japp won by 75 seconds in the Mid Lancs meeting at Towneley Park, running the senior women’s 5.8K course in 19:23 in helping the ladies’ squad to victory.

Vet 70 runner John Winters finished the same course in 44:14.

Phil Leybourne (34:08) led the senior men’s open team to 15th place over their 9.8K course.

The best junior result was the Under-17 men’s first place, led by Jake Dudley (first, 18:33).

The Under-13 boys and Under-11 girls were fifth and sixth respectively.

BWFAC runners were involved in two road races with Bev Wright finishing 43rd, as well as second female and first Vet 55 out of 534 runners at the East Lancashire Hospice 10K.

At the hilly Garstang 10K event, Stephen Dunn was 66th in 42:33 and Nicola Unsworth 79th in 43:17, a time which saw her finish as sixth lady and third Vet 45.

Also running were Amanda Fuller (340th, 60:11; PB), Nickola Walker (346th, 60:32) and Fiona Little (441st, 78:25).