Mansfield Harrier Rachel Gair throws new PB to move up rankings

Rachel Gair threw over 60m for a new personal best
Rachel Gair threw over 60m for a new personal best

HAMMER thrower Rachel Gair’s quest to break the 60m mark this season finally came good at the Bedford International Games last weekend.

The 24 year-old did it in style with three throws over 60 metres and producing a PB of 61.64m.

This new mark moves Gair to seventh spot on the 2011 UK rankings and positions her as the 13th best ever female UK Hammer thrower.

Steve Lisgo returned from the USA earlier in the week and threw himself straight into action at the BMC Grand Prix event at Watford. Jet lag was clearly still in his system as he finished the 3k Steeplechase in a below par time of 9:12.12.

Danny Barkes ran his third fastest ever 800m at the Watford meet – his time of 1:50.67 being just under a second down on his lifetime best.

There were several County and National standards from Harriers youngsters at the Notts Schools Championships and complete domination in the Junior Boys 1500m, where Harriers occupied the top five spots.

Sam Johnson and Lewis Ashmore continued their intense, but friendly, rivalry with it being Johnson’s turn to come out on top this time.

The Minster School pupil took the title in 4:32.9 with Ashmore in second with a time of 4:35.4. Alex Rieley, Cameron Smith and George King provided the back up.

Beth Mortiboy scored a double victory in the JG Long Jump and 75m Hurdles with Tom Wallet also running well over the Hurdles, taking the IB title in 14.5.

There was further success at IB level with Jonathan Brannan taking the 200m in 23.9, Will Marshall the High Jump with a clearance at 1.80m and a Shot victory for Chris Clarke who had a best throw of 15.05m.

Chevelle Baxter and Becky Woolley kept the IG flag flying with 1500m and Javelin wins respectively, whilst at JG level there was a 1500m one two for Molly Johnson and Ella Shirley and second place spots for the Norris twins – Rachel in the 200m and Claire over 800m.

Despite several strong individual performances in the National Young Athletes League fixture at Peterborough, Harriers strength in depth continued to worry team managers.

With the club still facing problems with access to training facilities at their Berry Hill Park headquarters, coaches are noticing significant decreases in new athletes joining the club.

Kaisha Buchanan set a new personal best of 10.2 to win the U13G 75m, also taking victory over 150m in 20.6.

There were also sprint PBs for Rachel Norris (25.7) and Jonathan Brannan (23.6) over 200m and a season’s best for Joe Sassi, returning from injury to run 54.2 over 400m.

David Wilkinson and Tamsin Smith both secured Pole vault victory with new PBs of 2.60m and 2.70m respectively, with Tom Wallett producing a new best mark of 13.9 to take top spot in the 100m Hurdles.

Middle distance athletes scored their usual useful points with new PBs of 4:04.5 over 1200m for Tilly Birkin and 5:16.3 over 1500m for Claire Norris.

Molly Johnson came out top in Norris’s race in 5:04.5, Chevelle Baxter and Demi-Jade Jakymelen doing likewise in the U17W 800m and 1500m respectively.

Becky Woolley took a throws victory in the U17W Shot and Javelin with Chris Clarke going one better in the U17M throws.

Clarke produced three new PBs and took maximum points in the Shot (16.06m0, Discus (39.54m) and Hammer (27.81m).