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

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.