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Medway and Maidstone AC's latest open meeting a success despite less-than-ideal conditions

By KentOnline reporter
Ben Milham, Michael Watson and Daryl Francis-Wright sprint to the finish line in the 100m Picture: Martin Apps
Ben Milham, Michael Watson and Daryl Francis-Wright sprint to the finish line in the 100m Picture: Martin Apps

Medway and Maidstone hosted an open competition at Medway Park on Sunday with 160 performances recorded in difficult conditions, writes Alan Newman.

Keira Rose took the under-11 girls’ 75m sprint in 11.55sec and Luke Stringer (11.81) won the boys’ race. The mixed 600m was won by George Seery (Thanet, 1min46.43sec).

Emily Featherstone (13.11) won the under-13 70m hurdles and Michael Watson ran 11.37 for 100m but had to concede to Joe Steele (10.68) of Thames Valley Harriers. Darryl Francis-Wright (under-17, 12.49) and Alex Donnelly (under-13, 14.66) led their categories, and a second round saw Watson (11.33) and Francis-Wright (11.40) go faster.

The women’s 100m races included a win for Shauna McFarlane (12.98) in the senior event. At 300m there was a close finish between under-17 Imogen Munday (41.84) and under-15 Megan Walsh (41.95) and under-15 Jacques Cunningham-Marsh (56.64) took the 400m race. Reece Dimech (22.73) was fastest at 200m.

In the 800m, under-17s Cameron Payas (2.06.39) and Amy Brooks (2.43.36) led the way. Max Read (under-17, 4.53.24) and Bashiri Ryan (under-13, 5.02.13) headed the 1,500m.

Grace Adelaye spings into action in the jumps Picture: Martin Apps
Grace Adelaye spings into action in the jumps Picture: Martin Apps

There were category wins for under-17 Joseph Thurgood (4.74m), under-13 Emily Featherstone (4.30), under-15 Grace Adelaye (4.17) and under-11 Gabriel Lordon (3.49) at long jump. Thurgood (1.70) took the high jump, where there was more age group success for under-13 Lucy Maunders (1.30) and Adeleye (1.30).

Rachel Midwinter (under-15, 21.24) and Lauren Farley (under-13, 19.35) also won their javelin competitions.

Youngsters tackle the 100m at Medway and Maidstone AC's open meeting Picture: Martin Apps
Youngsters tackle the 100m at Medway and Maidstone AC's open meeting Picture: Martin Apps
Max Read hits his stride in the 1,500m Picture: Martin Apps
Max Read hits his stride in the 1,500m Picture: Martin Apps
Watson and Francis-Wright run a close race Picture: Martin Apps
Watson and Francis-Wright run a close race Picture: Martin Apps
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