GB debut for area’s top javelin thrower

Stevenage and North Herts javelin thrower Neil McLellan made his Great Britain debut at the weekend. It was at the Norwich Union International – which saw Great Britain competing against the USA, Russia and China – at Birmingham on Sunday. This was the hi

Stevenage and North Herts javelin thrower Neil McLellan made his Great Britain debut at the weekend.

It was at the Norwich Union International - which saw Great Britain competing against the USA, Russia and China - at Birmingham on Sunday.

This was the highlight of a successful year for Neil, with all his hard work being recognised by his inclusion in the GB side.

He threw an excellent 70.44m against some of the best throwers in the world to finish eighth.

McLellan defends his UK Challenge title on Saturday.

Other club members were again competing at several different venues around England.

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Furthest away was under-15 boy Nick Stoppard at the AAA age group combined events championships at Stoke.

Posting a personal best total score of 2690 points, he finished in fourth place, just nine points off the bronze medal.

His individual events had four personal bests among them - 80m hurdles (11.85), long jump (5.68m), shot (10.68m), high jump (1.50m) and 800m (2:14.34).

Most of the club's young athletes were at Ipswich for the last match in their Eastern League.

They finished in third place with 452 points, just four points behind their nearest rivals St Albans with the match won by the home club.

First places in this match were picked up by Chloe Hamilton (under-15 girls' 300m 45.7), Hollie Middleditch (under-15 girls' shot 9.09m), Jess Bishton (under-15 girls' high jump B 1.25m), Helen Bailey (under-17 girls' 800m 2:52.2) Daniel Gardner (under-13 boys' 800 2:45.8, and long jump 4.18m), Daniel Begley (under-13 boys' 75m hurdles B 16.6), Paul Spicer (under-13 boys' 800m B 2:51.4), Jack Gates (under-13 boys' shot B 5.57m), Nick Stoppard (under-15 boys' 80m hurdles 12.0 and long jump 5.14m), Glenn Turner (under-15 boys' 400m 56.7), Lewis Keeble (under-15 boys' 400m B 58.8), Daryl Safee (under-15 boys' discus 21.45m), Jack White (under-15 boys' discus B 21.32m, shot 9.31m and javelin 39.97m) and Aaron Reynolds (under-17 boys' 400m 54.5).

Eight of the club's under-17s were missing from the team at Ipswich as they were representing Hertfordshire at Ashford in Kent.

Bunmi Awokoya completed three events, winning her 200m B race (26.38), coming second in the 100m A (12.69) and fifth in the A shot (9.59m).

Rachel Williams was also first in the javelin B (29.71m).

Jo Mansell had another fine 800m race, finishing second A with 2:20.17, while Josh Saydraouten was also runner-up in his 400m hurdles A event (58.39).

Sam McCormick was third in her 1500m B race (5:15.32) as was Loren Scanes (discus B 22.84m), Cameron Webb (100m B 11.85) and Glen Begley (400m hurdles B 62.44). Cameron posted a fifth place in the 200m B (23.93) and Glen was seventh in the long jump (5.24).

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