Hanagan’s a golden girl
ASHFORD AC’s Rachel Hanagan took a terrific gold in the Kent Combined championships at Erith winning the under-17 heptathlon in commanding style.
Rachel finished with 3,905 points – 151 clear of nearest rival Jodie Shaw of Medway and Maidstone.
They traded victories throughout, Jodie edging the 80m hurdles in the opening event with 12,3 to Rachel’s 12.9 but Rachel went ahead after the high jump with 1.49m.
Jodie closed to within 15 points winning the shot but Rachel’s decisive 25.9 in the 200m opened up a 196-point lead.
Shaw responded by winning the long jump and javelin to lead by 17 points going into the final event the 800m where Rachel’s superior speed with a 2.29.5 win saw her claim the gold.
Team-mate Eleanor Campbell just missed out on the silver finishing fourth with 3,254 points.
Rachel’s sister Laura was sixth in the U15 girls pentathlon with 2,226 points with Lucy Holmes ninth on 1,829; Caitlin Dock 10th on 1,764.
In the U17 boys octathlon Chris Blandford took the silver as reported last week with Adam Asher a fine fourth with 3,288 points but missed out on the silver after not recording a distance in the javelin.
In the County U13 championships Sophie Hamlyn claimed silver in the high jump with 1.38m with team-mate Hester Hill fourth with 1.30m.
Elizabeth Highwood won bronze in the long jump with 4.09m with Lauren Bamford fourth with 4.09 as well on a countback and Katherine Buckley 11th on 3.71m.
Elizabeth was also seventh in the 75m final with 10.9 while Katherine was fifth in the 800m with 2:49.8.
Abigail Purkis secured bronze in the 150m final with 20.5 and just missed a second medal in the 70m hurdles fourth with 13.0.
Kirsten Hooten was fifth in the shot with 7.67m and sixth in the javelin with 16.48.
Matt Blandford was the star of the boys’ events as report last week but there was also a fine silver for Max Nicholls in the 1500m with 4:50.1 denied only by a championship best of 4:43.1 by M&M’s James West.
Jamie Porter was 11th with 5:31.2. Nathanial Fatola was fifth in the 100m with 13.7 and Harry Middleton 11th in the long jump with 3.96m.
STEVE Langford picked up two golds in the Veteran’s championships winning the M40 long jump with 5.12m and triple jump on 11.09 with Ian Mackett second with 7.45m.
Mackett was also third in the 800m with 2:47.0 and fifth in the 400m with 79.3.
The was another double gold haul in the M50 section for Mick Goodall who won the high jump with 1.45m and claimed the pole vault with a 3m leap.
Ashford’s Lesley Hall, who has battled with illness and injury, again showed her remarkable spirit taking the gold in the W50 1,500m with 5:52.9 and a silver in the 800m with 2:57.9.
Ashford’s Maria Newton, with M&M, took the silver in the W40 discus with 25.27.