Ber­ney blasts to the gold and a club record

Lo­cal one-lap won­ders

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by BOB FRANK

JAKE Ber­ney is one of sev­eral tal­ented 400m run­ners on the lo­cal scene, and most of them are young so the fu­ture looks bright.

Hunts Ath­letic Club pro­vide the area’s two fastest one-lap won­ders so far in 2010, Matthew Lead­bit­ter (22) run­ning 50.70 in­doors at the Birm­ing­ham Games in Fe­bru­ary and for­mer English Schools bronze medal­list Jor­dan Gill­banks (16) clock­ing a per­sonal best of 50.9 in the Na­tional Ju­nior League last month.

Gill­banks’ time was all the more re­mark­able given he missed vir­tu­ally all of 2009 with an in­jury that re­quired an op­er­a­tion and it seems likely he will go on to break the club Un­der 17 record of 49.50 set by Colin Bur­ton in 1980.

The rest of the lo­cal top 10 con­sist of seven Nene Val­ley Har­ri­ers plus Ber­ney. Only one of the 10, 400m hur­dler Sean Reidy (29), is older than 23.

Pol­ish young­ster Lukasz Bezul­ski (15) is the fastest of the Nene Val­ley ath­letes with 51.11 set in­doors - de­spite, like Gill­banks, hav­ing missed much of last year - while Dar­rel­lon Hold­ing (17) has the po­ten­tial to go much quicker than the 51.27 he ran at the week­end.

He is al­ready the fastest Nene Val­ley Har­rier in his­tory with the 49.33 he ran to reach the English Schools fi­nal last year and he should progress into sub-49 ter­ri­tory this sum­mer.

Top 10 lo­cal 400m times in 2010

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