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Niamh Emerson and Sophie McKinna among area champs winners

Niamh Emerson and Sophie McKinna among area champs winners

Craig Murch breaks Midland Championships record in the hammer, while Jade Ive achieves a South of England Championships best in the pole vault

Niamh Emerson was in fine form at the North of England Championships in Manchester, Stephen Green reports.

The Commonwealth Games heptathlon bronze medallist took under-20 titles in the 200m (pictured above) and shot put, in fine style.

A 200m of 24.40 was a personal best for the Amber Valley athlete; while her shot put of 12.28m was her best for a year.

Natasha Harrison was in record-breaking form, the Stockport quarter miler’s 55.03 setting a new under-20 mark. Wakefield’s Abby Ward also set a CBP in the high jump, with 1.84m.

Georgia Yearby ran from gun to tape to take the senior women’s 800m in 2:08.41, as did Rachael Franklin with a 4:23.68 metric mile win ahead of Jenna Hill.

Jona Efoloko retained his 100m title with 10.61 against a 1.6m/s wind, ahead of James Williams. Williams returned the following day for a 21.34 200m victory, also into a headwind.

Under-20 Danielle McGifford flew over the sprint hurdles into a headwind to return a superb 13.88.

Abigail Irozuru’s 6.50m long jump was nearly 70cm ahead of second place.

Dominic Shaw (14:49) and Lucy Crookes (16:21) both front-ran to 5000m victory.

Hannah Dines (F33) won the racerunning final in 19.78, while Canadian Paralympian Ness Murby (F11) took the discus with a 32.46m throw, to go second on the world rankings.

At the Midland Championships in Nuneaton, Craig Murch (pictured below) was among the winners as he broke the hammer championship record with a throw of 70.12m.

Laura Samuel recorded a championship triple jump record of 13.30m.

Craig-Murch-2018-by-David-Griffiths

Over at the South of England Championships in Bedford there were a series of classy performances, Martin Duff reports.

Leading the way was Sophie McKinna, who matched her Commonwealth Games fifth-placed effort with 17.76m in the shot put.

It was the best effort on home soil by a British woman for 18 years and narrowly headed Amelia Strickler’s 17.26m.

Jade Ive matched her outdoor PB with a 4.20m pole vault victory and pocketed £100 for a championship best before egging on Natasha Purchas to break her under-20 mark. The Crawley 17-year-old was unsuccessful but did post a PB of 3.90m.

Katy-Ann McDonald exactly matched the under-20 800m meeting record with a front-run 2:06.56.

A close men’s triple jump contest saw winner for the past two years, Jonathan Ilori, foul his first three efforts but was lucky to have three more attempts as there were only eight competitors. He went out to 16.28m, a distance matched by Tosin Oke, the 2002 and 2008 champion. A back-up 16.24m by Oke gave him his third title.

The men’s pole vault saw two jumpers taking their fourth attempt at 5.00m. Only Scott Huggins made it to claim the title.

» See the June 14 edition of AW for full coverage of the area championships

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