Northern League Match report

Grantham Athletic Club Run, Jump and Throw at the First Northern League.

On the 6th May junior, senior and veteran athletes successfully represented Grantham Athletic Club at this season’s opening Northern League meeting at Grimsby.  Despite fielding less than half the required team, necessitating  many athletes to double, or triple up on events twelve athletes came away with fourteen wins, eight seconds and seven thirds on the day.

In the sprints Praise Olalere and Mark Atkin stormed the 100m races with wins in both A and B races. Praise added a 200m win, recording a very fast time going under 23 seconds.  For middle distant races, Dean Houlton and Arthur Short covered the range from 800m to 5,000m bringing in valuable points. In the women’s races Isabel Hobday and Jo McGrath covered the 800m and 1500m races: with junior athlete, Isabel, securing a strongly run second place in her first competitive senior women’s 1500m race.

In the men’s jumps Michael Burr and Mark Atkin each won their Long Jump competitions and then leapt to second and first respectively in the Triple Jump. In the High Jump Michael scored a second place on count back and Chris Bainbridge, taking a little break from the throws event, popped over the bar for a few additional points.

If the jumps were good, the throwers stepped up yet again and gained some serious points.  In the Hammer competitions Chris Bainbridge, Philip Garner, Sarah Garner and Helen Gilbert secured three firsts and a second place.  In the Shot Putt, Chris, Helen and Sarah gained maximum points with three wins and Philip a third place. For the Discus, Chris and Laura Evans won their respective events; Helen and Philip each with a second placed result.   The final set of throws, the Javelin saw Laura and Chris gain second places, with Helen and Michael with third places.

Performance of the day went to Chris Bainbridge with three personal bests in the Hammer, Discus and Shot. (Photo: Chris Bainbridge in the Discus,  by Jo McGrath)

The day finished for the club with an impromptu 4x100m relay from Michael, Mark, Chris and Praise and a respectful third placing.

With a maximum amount of points for the volunteer officials and timekeeper: Jackie and john Bainbridge, Caroline and Ian Richards, Sarah and Philip Garner and with the competitive results, the under-strength team secured a fourth placing of the eight clubs in this league.

The next league meeting is on the 4 June at the South Kesteven Stadium, Grantham.  With home advantage and a bigger team the prospects look better.

Philip Garner

Norther League Team Manager




A Event B Event
100m Praise Olalere  11.5s Mark Atkin  12.4s
200m Praise Olalere  22.9s  PB
400m Mark Atkin  59.3s
800m Dean Houlton  2.m 41.9s
1500m Arthur Short  5m 25.4s Dean Houlton 5m 29.0s
5,000m Arthur Short  18m 53.6s Dean Houlton   19m 25.7s
High Jump Michael Burr  1.75m Chris Bainbridge  1.40m
Long Jump Michael Burr  5.49m Mark Atkin  5.26m
Triple Jump Michael Burr  11.37m Mark Atkin  10.53m
Hammer Chris Bainbridge   47.25m  PB Philip Garner  34.57m
Discus Chris Bainbridge  36.40m  PB Philip Garner  26.64m
Shot Putt Chris Bainbridge  11.80m  PB Philip Garner  7.80m
Javelin Michael Burr  40.26m Chris Bainbridge  39.25m
4x100m Relay M. Atkin, M. Burr, C Bainbridge, P. Olalere  50.1s



A Event
B Event
Isabel Hobday   2m 41.8s
Jo McGrath  3m 17.1s
Isabel Hobday   5m 34.0s
Jo McGrath  6m 50.3s
Helen Gilbert     39.15m
Sarah Garner     28.98m
Helen Gilbert     24.58m
Laura Evans        23.60m
Shot Putt
Helen Gilbert     10.20m
Sarah Garner     7.60m
Helen Gilbert     25.19m
Laura Evans        21.44m


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