29th July 2018


On a wet and windy weekend in Manchester for the England Athletics Senior Disability Championships, there were many standout performances including a PB and F44 discus European record for Dan Greaves (Self-coached).

Greaves – the reigning European champion – set himself up very well for next month’s World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin by producing his furthest throw in four years. He launched the discus to 63.01m, adding 67cm to his previous best, set at the Euros in Swansea back in 2014.

In favourable windy conditions, Sophie Kamlish (Rob Ellchuk) dipped twice under the world best in the T64 100m, running 12.86 (+2.2 m/s) and 12.82 (+5.1) respectively in her two races at Sportcity. The illegal tailwind means they won’t be confirmed as world bests, but it was an impressive series nonetheless for the Bristol & West athlete.

Elsewhere, there were wind-assisted PBs for Eve Walsh-Dann (Roger Sexton – T36) in the ambulant 100m and 200m, clocking 14.26 (+5.2) and 30.69 (+2.6).

There was also a wind-assisted mark for Olivia Breen (Aston Moore) in her first race since he double medal haul at April’s Commonwealth Games, recording a time of 13.29 (+5.2) in the 100m.

After throwing a world lead of 13.70m in the F20 shot put recently, Sabrina Fortune (Ian Robinson) backed-up that effort with another significant effort in the mid 13 metres. Her final round effort of 13.49m was her best of the bunch.

Out in the field, Stef Reid (Aston Moore – T64) won the women’s ambulant long jump with a best effort of 5.43m, her second-best effort of the season after the winning 5.55m leap at the Muller Anniversary Games last week. Her training partner Zak Skinner (Moore – T13) won the men’s equivalent with a best jump of 6.46m. He also ran over 100m, posting a wind-assisted time of 11.25 (+4.4) but a legal 11.50 (+0.5).

Hannah Cockroft (Jenni Banks – T34) raced in three mixed events with the male wheelchair racers, clocking times of 17.68 (+3.6) for 100m, 1:00.69 over 400m and 2:05.62 in the 800m final.

Celebrating his 21st birthday last week, Nathan Maguire (Ste Hoskins – T54) won in times of 14.89 (+3.6) over 100m, 50.42 in the 400m, and 1:48.09 for 800m.

There was also a season’s best for Welshman Harri Jenkins (Anthony Hughes) in the T33 category, posting 18.77 (+3.6) over 100m as he prepares for his first senior international next month in Germany.

Rafi Solaiman won the men’s RR3 (race running) event in 18.43 (+4.1) ahead of Matthew Humphreys who pipped him to the line in the first race. Eleanor Simpson (Lee Walker) was victorious in the women’s equivalent, facing very blustery conditions, crossing the line in 20.12 (+8.1).

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