Super Sims leads the way with a treble as PAC enjoy a gold rush

Megan Sims won three county titles.
Megan Sims won three county titles.
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It was a sweet 16 for Peterborough Athletic Club at the Cambridgeshire County Championships on Saturday.

That’s how many gold medals they hauled in on a day to remember for the city club at the university track in Cambridge.

Whittlesey-based teenager Megan Sims continued her rich vein of form with a superb hat-trick of titles.

Sims set the track alight in the very first event of the day when she not only struck gold in the Under 17 300m hurdles, but she smashed the long-standing county record by over a second.

The old record of 46.2 seconds had stood since 1992. Sims recorded a time of 45.16 which is also a new personal best (PB) and has moved her into the UK top 10.

Sims then coasted to victory in the 300m in a time of 42.48 and finished off an outstanding day’s work by winning her third gold in the 200m in a time of 26.41.

Sims says she puts her continued improvement down to her coach at PAC, the extra training she does at Enfield & Haringay and very importantly her strength and conditioning sessions at city-based Synergy Physical Training.

And Sims is still only 14 meaning she will contest the same age group next season as well.

Stanground-based Ella De Lucis enjoyed a golden double and her win in the Under 20 100m hurdles was a sizzler.

She took the honours in a new PB of 14.56, which broke her own county record and sent her soaring up to number five in the UK rankings. She also won the 100m in 12.81.

There was also double delight for middle distance duo Daniel Mees and Joel Reed.

Mees won the Under 17 800m with a new PB of 2.00.73 and an hour or so later he stormed home first in the 1500m in a time of 4.10.73 to knock an amazing 25 seconds of his PB.

Reed won the Under 20 800m and 1500m in times of 2.04.07 and 4.22.26.

Both Mees and Reed are coached by PAC coach and former GB 800m and 1500m international athlete Paul Larkins.

Ellie Forrest hit double gold with victories in the Under 15 75m hurdles (12.67) and high jump (1.40m) and followed up with a silver in the shot (9.25m).

Newcomer to athletics Louise Chance won gold in the Under 13 girls javelin with a distance of 20.25m. She is still only a primary school pupil and only took up the javelin six weeks ago and is definitely one to watch for the future.

Samantha Muchina won gold in the Under 13 long jump (4.11m) and silver in the 100m (13.93) and 200m (27.64) - the latter a new PB.

Jamelia Smith also took home three medals. She won gold in the Under 17 high jump (1.45m) and a silver in the 80m hurdles (12.89) and a bronze in the long jump (4.45m).

And finally Stacy McGivern and Matthew Dalton were golden oldies. McGivern won the senior women’s 400m in a season’s best 61.97 and Dalton the senior men’s 400m hurdles in 60.01, which was also a season’s best.

Completing the impressive haul of PAC medals were Olivia Allen-Hall - bronze under 13 long jump (4.36); Nichola Gibson - silver senior women’s 400m (63.69) and bronze 200m (28.6); Ben Papworth - silver Under 15 300m (39.69 PB); Luke Dudley - bronze Under 15 800m (2.18.21); Katie Porter - bronze Under 15 800m (2.28.86 PB); Amittai Ben-Israel - silver Under 20 1500m (4.24.80 PB); Harvey Hancock - silver Under 13 1500m (5.05.70); Emma Gibbons - bronze Under 20 1500m (5.21.97); Georgie Ives-Lappin - silver Under 15 75m hurdles (13.01 PB); Ella Greenwood - silver Under 15 high jump(1.30m); Vytautas Chrapacas - silver senior men’s long jump (6.35m PB) and Harriet Fenton - silver Under 15 long jump (4.43m PB).