HOUGHTON’S Cameron Allan was in superb form at the inaugural Manchester Invitational meeting as he headed a sprinkling of athletes from the region at Sportcity.
Fresh from setting a 3,000m life-time best of 8:07.73 earlier in the month at Worthing, the Northern Cross-Country bronze medallist carried that form over to win the 5,000m in Manchester in 14:05.12, which blew away his previous best of 14:54.12 set in 2019.
And Allan wasn’t the only person from the region celebrating a victory. City of York’s former British University’s champion (2018) Robert Shipley, now based on Tyneside and coached by Max Coleby, won the 400m in a season’s best of 48.60s. Max, however, was brought down to earth later in day when another of his athletes, Daniel Rees (Shaftesbury Barnet) finished in fourth place in the 400m hurdles but he was out-gunned as another Tyneside-based athlete, William Ritchie-Moulin (Birchfield), coached by Max’s wife Julie, finished second in the race in a season’s best of 52.96s!
England multi-event international Lucy Turner produced two season’s best when finishing fourth in the 100m hurdles (14.46s) and fifth in the long jump (5:60m) while fellow Gateshead athlete, Scott Hall, finished in fourth place in the 100m in 11.04s.
Wallsend’s Danielle Hodgkinson was also in action where she produced a season’s best of 4:27.73 to finish seventh in the 1,500m.
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