Gateshead, 30 January 2016.

Congratulations to all medallists at last weekend’s North East Indoor Championships held at Gateshead:

Senior Women:
1. Hannah Pringle (Gateshead) 11.67m

Hannah completed a double, taking the Long Jump title as well with 5.71m, as she jumped just 20 cm shy of her lifetime Triple Jump best.

U17 Women:
1. Lily Horsfield (Leeds City) 10.34m
2. Emma Scarborough (Gateshead) 10.09m (PB)
3. Eleanor Colmer (Tynesdale) 9.42m (PB)
4. Louise Smith (Tynedale) 9.32m (PB); 5. Isabell Thornton (Durham) 8.99m.

15 year-old Lily took the honours, despite being down on her PB from last year of 10.89m, as well as a silver medal in the High Jump at 1.55m. Emma added 21 cm to her PB in 2nd place ahead of Eleanor who out-jumped team-mate Louise for the bronze medal by just 10 cm.

U20 Men:
1. Jack Colmer (Tynedale) 13.15m (PB)
2. Oliver Whellans (Gateshead) 13.08m
3. Joe Severs (Gateshead) 12.76m (PB)

In a tightly faught contest, Jack added 15 cm to his previous PB to take the gold ahead of Oliver, who was ony 6 cm down on his own PB set last year. In doing so Jack completed the Long & Triple Jump double, as he took the former with another PB of 6.19m. In 3rd place Joe added an impresive 52 cm to the PB he’d set at the same venue just 9 days previously.

U17 Men:
1. Harrison Whitfield (Gateshead) 12.39m (PB)
2. Samuel Bradley (Gateshead) 12.00m
3. Charlie Blackett (Gateshead) 11.96m (PB)
4. Thomas Bowdon (Houghton Harriers) 11.83m (PB).

Harrison added 17 cm to the his previous PB, set at the Northern Championships a fortnight ago, in taking gold. Behind him there was a close battle for the other medals with Samuel taking silver by just 4 cm ahead of Charlie who has improved on his 2015 best by a whopping 1m 34 cm this winter! Despite missing out on the medals, Thomas added 33 cm to his recent PB.

U15 Men:
1. Chris Milburn (Durham) 10.74m (PB)
2. Matthew Brining (New Marske) 9.49m (PB)
3. Daniel Brazukas (Middlesbrough) 8.95m (PB)
4. Oliver Telfer (Alnwick) 8.95m (PB)

Chris dominated this contest to win by over a metre and complete a double of wins as he also took the Long Jump title with 5.07m. Matthew, Daniel and Oliver all set new PBs in the battle for the other medals, with the bronze being decided on countback.

Masters Men:
1. Paul Burdon (Chester-le-Street) ) (M35) 9.90m (PB)
2. Ian Cowell (Houghton Harriers) (M50) 9.43m
3. David Peffer (Heaton) (M65) 8.73m

Paul added 3 cm to his previous best from last year in taking gold. 54 year-old Ian was only 11 cm off his Masters best, while last year’s top-ranked M65 British Triple Jumper, David, began his 2016 campaign with a steady opener, though down on last year’s best of 9.64m.

Written by iTripleJump

A Triple Jumper for over 35 years - from an over-hopping junior to a county-level senior - I still enjoy jumping in national and international Masters competitions in the event that has gripped me since my first hop, step and jump onto a springless PE mat. Waiting for that perfect jump. That one perfect jump ...

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