ATHLETICS: Wragby father and son enjoy busy weekend of competition


Wragby father and son athletes Jim and Kieran Gillespie enjoyed a busy weekend of competition.

On Saturday. Kieran competed in the in the octathlon on the first day of the Anglian Schools Combined Events in Chelmsford.

He went close to his best in the long jump, then threw a personal best in the discus with 22.87m. He had a disappointing javelin, but came back very strongly in the 400m, taking more than three seconds off his best with 65.1sec.

Sunday began with Kieran recording another personal best by more than two seconds in the sprint hurdles, with 18.2 seconds. High jump was next and he jumped a reasonable 1.39m. The heavens then opened but he still was a whisker away from his personal best in the shot put with 8.02m.

The day ended with the 1500m in which he ran another personal best of 5:26, an improvement of another three seconds. Kieran’s final points tally was 2,495.

Kieran and his father were very pleased with his results in his first attempt at a two-day event. Jim said: “You have to be a very strong type of athlete to cope with the demands it asks of you, and to achieve so many personal bests across the weekend was fantastic.”

Whilst Kieran was competing on Sunday, Jim drove over to Luton to compete in the Eastern Masters Championships, competing in the shot put and discus.

First up was the discus and Jim continued to improve his distances, since winning the Midland Masters title, throwing 26.75m to place fifth.

In the shot, Jim again finished fifth with 8.66m and then had to quickly nip back to Chelmsford to pick up his wife and Kieran.

Jim said: “It was a long weekend, but really worthwhile.”