Doncaster Athletic Club make encouraging debut in British League

Doncaster Athletic Club made an encouraging British Men's League Division Four debut in Saturday's meeting at Derby.

Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th May 2016, 11:40 am
Aiden Davies

Despite being without several senior athletes due to a fixture clash, the club pushed both Portsmouth and Brighton hard for third spot before having to settle for fifth place.

The meeting was won by the combined Derby and Mansfield clubs with Rugby & Northampton finishing runners-up. Reading finished sixth.

Doncaster dominated the 3,000m steeplechase with winner George Phillips, now up to third in the UK rankings, smashing the club record which has stood since 2008 by over 30 seconds by winning the A race, as did B race winner Kallum Silcox.

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The 4x100m relay team of Ben Burton, GB U23 international multi-eventer Aiden Davies, Steven Bellamy and Joe McGrath also beat a long-standing club record when finishing second in a thrilling finish.

In addition to the sprint relay, Burton and Davies also competed and picked up valuable points in the pole vault, 110m hurdles, high jump, discus and javelin between them.

Notable personal bests were recorded by Josh McCoy and Jack Brinkhurst in the long and triple jumps.

Other athletes who impressed in events they do not normally compete in, included Ian Bellamy, Rhys Gibson, Tom Matthewson, Callum Wilson and Josh Schofield.

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