ATHLETICS: Wragby’s Gillespie breaks Irish national record

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Wragby athlete Jim Gillespie represented Ireland in the UK Masters Weights Pentathlon at Birmingham on Saturday.

The event comprised of throwing the hammer, shot, discus, javelin and the ‘heavy weight’.

Jim threw a personal best in the hammer and was not far off one in the discus, but in the ‘heavy weight’ he threw a new Irish nation record of 6.68m.

Jim said: “Believe me this thing is a real beast! That’s my eighth national record which have come in events as diverse as the sprint hurdles, pole vault and now the heavy weight, so you could call me a bit of an all-rounder.”

Points were accrued depending on throw length in each event and Jim brought home a bronze medal with a solid third place for his efforts.

Jim said: “Believe me I am well pleased. I’ve worked so hard all season for a performance like this and on Saturday it came together.”

Jim’s final event of the season is on Saturday at Biggleswade, where he will be competing in the shot and discus.

Meanwhile, Jim’s son Kieran took part in the Spenborough Trophy meeting at Cleckheaton on Sunday and brought home a clutch of medals.

He won the 800m in 2min 31.1sec, his second fastest time ever, then placed second in the javelin with a throw of 27.48metres – again his second best throw.

After that it was over to the discus where he placed second, and yet again it was with his second best effort ever, 23.90m.

Jim said it had been a very good day indeed for Kieran: “That is the end of his competitive season and I’d like to pay tribute to how hard he has worked, he’s a great athlete to coach.

“After a few weeks off he is going into a new phase of his training which I am currently planning, so exciting times ahead for both of us.”