Rachel towers above competition in Blackpool

Rachel Culshaw (left) with Micaela Brindle, Kelly Hilton and coach Carl Foster

Rachel Culshaw (left) with Micaela Brindle, Kelly Hilton and coach Carl Foster

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WIGAN Harrier Rachel Culshaw had double reason to celebrate after the Lancashire County Championships in Blackpool.

The 26-year-old won both the 400m and the 400m hurdles, the latter coming in a season’s-best time during a successful competition for the Harriers.

Elsewhere, Darcie Loudon won the women’s 100m sprint in the Under-15s category, despite being three years younger than some of her rivals.

Darcie’s time of 13.0secs was just outside her personal best, which was too good for second-placed Olivia Huyton from Preston and the rest of the field.

Kelly Hilton won the long jump with a personal best of 5.80m, as well as coming second in the 100m with a PB time of 12.2secs.

In the Under-20s category, Micaela Brindle won the 100m hurdles in a season’s-best time of 14.8secs, as well as the long jump with a distance of 5.89m.

She also came second in the 100m was another personal best of 12.3secs.

Lewis Taylor won the Under-15s pole vault with a height of 2.30m, while also making the finals of the 100m and 200m – running PBs in three of his four races including the heats.

Jack Dee-Ingham won the Under-13s 800m with a personal-best time of 2:21.9secs

Nathan Dunn came second in the Under-15s 3000m with a time of 10:13.3secs, as well as placing seventh in the 1500m with 4:39.7secs – both PBs.

Molly Stazicker came third in the Under-15s 100m as well as seventh in the 75m hurdles.

Rachel Williamson came second in the Under-20s long jump with a personal-best leap of 5.73m, while Declan Snape was fourth in the Under-20s 200m.

Gabrielle Whittle placed third in the Under-17s 200m with a season’s best time of 27,1secs, and was also fourth in the Under-17s 300m.