Final flourish for area's track and field hopefuls
THE curtain fell on this year's track and field athletics season with the annual Grimsby Harriers Open.
With the cross country and indoor athletics season now beginning, it was a final chance to put in some good displays at the town's King George V Stadium.
The meeting attracted athletes from a range of clubs from across the region, meaning competition was tough for members of Grimsby Harriers, Cleethorpes AC, Louth AC and Wolds Vets.
Laceby-based athlete Mick Jagger comfortably held off Kingston upon Hull's Gregan Clarkson to win the 3,000m.
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Jagger clocked 9.45.9 to take top spot ahead of Clarkson, who recorded 10.03.5.
Host club Grimsby Harriers had 23 members competing – their highest turn-out of the year.
Miguel Plaatjies (under-17 men) had a great race in the 400m and was just pipped to the line in the last five metres. He clocked 55.4 for second place.
His older brother, Jean-Louis Plaatjies knew he was up against some quality competitors in the 200m. This helped spur him on to a new personal best of 24.6.
Rowan Swinburn (Under-11 girls) had a busy and successful day. She competed in the 80m heats and final, the 600m and the 150m, in which she set a new pb.
In the same age group, Molly-Anne Welton once again showed good pace in the 600m (second, 2.12.2)
Liam Atkinson came second in the Under-15 boys 800m in 2.27.2 and Henry Cullen came third in the Under-11 boys 600m. Lucy Gash changed gears to gain places in the last 80m of her 800m race, finishing fifth out of eight.
There were four members competing for the first time – Lauren Fulller, Alice Howard, Lily Gibbons and brother Harvey Gibbons. All showed they have good potential with some encouraging performances on their debuts.
For Clee AC, Gabrielle Walker, Oliver Stanfield and Tyreece Walrond claimed several medals in the Under-13 and Under-11 sprints and long jump.
Runners in the 800m had a good day with Bradley Mortlock, Beth Barley and Olivia Evans in the medals. Rebecca Jex ran her best 800m of the season to claim a pb.
Casey Barber ran a fine 200m for first place and highly-regarded teen talent Rachel Bell, pictured below, had a good win in the 300m.
Other young Clee athletes who either won a medal, or who had particularly good performances, included John Dollery, William Seed, Patrick Jowett, Amelia Walton, Darby Fytche, Kyle Catmull, Amy Baxter, Breanna Barley, Sophie Rendall and Megan Davies.