Neil's a record breaker

PUBLISHED: 15:19 25 May 2006 | UPDATED: 10:14 06 May 2010

JAVELIN ace Neil McLellan broke a 15-year-old record on a day of mixed fortunes for Stevenage and North Herts AC. The men finished second in their Southern League Division Three meeting at Bedford on Saturday. But the women s team finished with a points t

JAVELIN ace Neil McLellan broke a 15-year-old record on a day of mixed fortunes for Stevenage and North Herts AC.

The men finished second in their Southern League Division Three meeting at Bedford on Saturday.

But the women's team finished with a points tally of 132.5 at Eton and only managed fifth in their Southern Women's League Division One fixture.

McLellan continued his great start to the season by beating the record which had stood since the early 1990s.

He hurled the javelin 68.52m at a wet and windy Bedford to break the 15-year-old Southern Men's League Division Three record.

McLellan also won the shot putt (13.26m) and was second in the discus (32.20m).

Aaron Hull, coached by McLellan, backed up well in the B events by winning the discus (29.03m) and coming second in the javelin (40.45m) and shot (8.81m).

Sam Poulton, as well as finishing second in his main event, the 800m, won the triple jump with a leap of 12.03m.

Three other winners in B string events were John Mayor in the 400m (57.5), Josh Saydraouten in the 400m hurdles (68.5) and Adam Searle in the 3000m steeplechase (11:46.6).

Paul Ingram-Tedd and Glen Begley each scored two second places in the sprints, while Marcus McKechnie chipped some more seconds off his times in the 5000m and 3000m steeplechase races.

The other members of the team who helped the club into second place in the four-team match were Callum McKechnie, Barry Mainstone, Lee Grint and Laurie Pirie. The club is in sixth place in the 16-team league.

The most notable performance by the women was Louise Shortland's clearance of 3.40m to improve on her club record in the pole vault to be placed second.

Beth Harris was second in the B event with a clearance of 2.50m and Wendy Meadows Smith was second in the high jump with a clearance of 1.60m.

Shelley McLellan threw 12.13m in the shot to win and Justine Simpson had a fruitful day winning the 300m hurdles in 49.3.

Bunmi Awokoya just missed out in the 100m finishing second in 12.5 and Jordan Arthur ran 13.0 in the B race.

Sarah Bailey ran 5:00.2 over 1500m to finish second with Tilly Schuebar running 5:53.6.

Others competing in the senior age group were Joanne Mansell, Joylyn Saunders-Mullins, Sam McCormick, Jean Harris, Megan Bowles and Sandra Reed.

In the under-15 age group, best placed athletes were Frances Gross and Chloe Vernon-Hamilton.

Frances threw 21.39m and Chloe 17.29m in the discus to finish second in both contests.

Louise O'Connell ran 2:37.6 over two laps of the track in the 800m, with Julia White stopping the clock in 2:45.7 over the same distance.

Ashleigh Clark ran 13.8 over the 75m hurdles to finish third and Holly Crease threw 11.40m in the javelin.

The other junior team members were Natalie Wilcox, Amy Pring and Jessica Bishton.

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