The 2015 Wiltshire Track & Field Championships took place at the Tidworth Oval on Saturday 23rd May.
This year’s championships saw a record entry, with over 300 athletes competing in events from U13s up to Seniors, including over 50 young athletes taking part in the Wiltshire Quad Kids Championships.
On the track the race of the day came in the U/17 mens 800m when two of the country’s top runners went head to head with Salisbury’s Will Crisp just holding on to beat Team Bath’s Will Stockley (1.56.89 to 1.57.42).
A championship record fell, when Katie Loach of Swindon Harriers won the U13G discus with an impressive 21.60m throw over 4 metres better than the previous record and in the U13G 800m Eleanor Webster of Team Bath lowered the championship record by over 5-seconds to 2:26.87. Kate Jacobs of Swindon Harriers lowered the Senior Ladies 5,000m mark to 17:49 beating the previous record holder, Denise Grech of Calne Running Club into second place.
The Relays also saw championship records tumble with the Swindon Harriers quartet of Anna Curtis, Becky Alexander, Charley Hall & Hannah New lowering the 4x100m mark to 54.3 seconds for GU15 and the Swindon Harriers quartet of Steph Houston, Abby Miles, Oriele Grigg & Jess Alexander lowering the 4x100m mark to 52.8 seconds for LU17.
Event Director Alison Phillips said: “It was a magnificent day, with lots of impressive performances and many athletes recording PBs, which was fantastic particularly as the heat made it a hard day for some, especially the track competitors. I’m glad the championships gave so many athletes the chance to show just what they can do, and all our medal winners deserved their reward. It was really good to see such a strong Quad Kids entry, and the youngest athletes were particularly praised by the organisers of that section of the day for their sportsmanlike and excellent behaviour throughout. I hope many of the medal winners will be able to compete for Wiltshire at the SW Inter Counties event at Exeter in July. Thanks too to the army of volunteers who made this such a successful event, and to all the athletes and parents for their support.”