Tinklers throw their weight around again
PUBLISHED: 12:57 19 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:52 28 May 2010
FENLAND athletes were once again at the forefront during the Cambridgeshire County Championships on Saturday. March field athletes, the Tinkler brothers, had another astonishing weekend of competition after claiming no fewer than six gold medals, a silver
FENLAND athletes were once again at the forefront during the Cambridgeshire County Championships on Saturday.
March field athletes, the Tinkler brothers, had another astonishing weekend of competition after claiming no fewer than six gold medals, a silver and three county records between them.
Dan and Martin competed together in the men's under-20 shot putt and Dan took the gold with a record throw of 15.63m, ahead of Martin in second place with a personal best throw of 13.44m.
Dan followed his success with another, this time in the under-20 discus, where he threw 44.23m to win gold, set a personal best and post a new county record.
Martin and Roger also continued to shine as they both set personal bests and won gold medals with throws of 15.34m and 9.55m in the under-17 and under-15 shot competitions respectively.
In the under-17 discus, Martin's throw of 43.57m broke Dan's county record and earned him a gold medal before Roger set a personal best and won gold with his throw of 21.77m in the under-15 discus.
Wisbech St Mary's Leah Parsons ran a time of 13.1 seconds to finish fourth in the senior women's 100m final and Glen Watts, from March, continued to show his form as a steeplecasher to win the senior men's 3000m race in a time of 9:51.2.
* WISBECH athlete, De la Rey Veenendaal, picked up three medals and three personal bests from the Norfolk AAA County Athletics Championships on Saturday.
De la Rey, 13, represented Glebe House School in the under-15 boys' competition and started the day well taking silver in the 200m with a time of 25.5 seconds.
He followed this with a very good third place finish in the 400m after running 57.3 seconds.
Video evidence seemed to suggest that De la Rey finished second in the 100m final but he was awarded third with a time of 12.4 seconds.
De la Rey will now set his sights on the Norfolk School, Anglian Schools and qualification for the Junior All England National Championships to be held in Birmingham during July.
* TYDD St Giles athlete Jack Bingley also made an impression at the Cambridgeshire County Championships, winning a silver medal and setting a new personal best.
Competing in the under-13 boys' long jump, Jack jumped 4.10m to finish second but he wasn't finished there.
Jack, a Wisbech Grammar School pupil, narrowly missed out on a bronze medal in the under-13 B 100m final, where he ran a time of 14.6 seconds.
However, he achieved a personal best of 30.3 seconds in the heats of the 200m and qualified for the final.
*TINKLER brothers, Dan and Martin also represented Team Cambs in the under-20 age group of the National Junior League at Ipswich.
Dan won the man of the match award after recording first places in the shot (16.38m) and discus (43.50m).
Martin threw 13.08m and 36.81m in the shot and discus before picking up the javelin for the first time and winning the 'B' string competition with a throw of 32.98m.