Spring arrived just in time for the third edition of the annual Alan Bertram Spring Memorial hammer competition on Sunday the 9th of April at the Paula Radcliffe Stadium, with temperatures reaching 22°C.
The competition was held to honour the late Alan Bertram who sadly passed away in 2013, but he left behind a great hammer coaching legacy, including Loughborough Sport’s own hammer coach John Pearson. One of Alan’s athletes Myra Perkins, who represented Scotland in the women’s hammer final at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and is now coached by Pearson, organises this yearly event inspired by Bertram’s ‘Hammeramas’ that he regularly hosted in Scotland.
The event offered an early season competition opportunity for athletes spanning from U15 to senior age groups, and started off with the senior women’s competition at 10am, before the temperature reached its peak. Going perfectly to script the event was won by the organiser, Loughborough University alumna Myra Perkins, who produced a final round throw of 61.49m to take the spoils. Myra, who is aiming to be selected for her second Commonwealth Games next year was just 1.16m away from the qualifying standard, and said she was really pleased with her performance. Lucy Marshall finished second with a mark of 61.11m followed by Jess Mayho with 60.43m. Loughborough Sport’s Cathrine Beatty finished sixth with 58.21m, and her teammates Alessandra Wall and Alice Delmer recorded marks of 57.49m and 56.32m, placing seventh and ninth respectively.
For the U20 women, Kidderminster & Stourport’s Katie Lambert came away with the win after a personal best of 57.46m with Loughborough student Paige Barnes finishing fourth. Some great marks were also seen in the U18 girls’ competition where Blackburn Harrier Charlotte Williams won the event with a personal best of 60.53m with Jasmine Routledge of local club Charnwood AC (coached by John Pearson) placing third with a personal best mark of 48.97m.
The senior men’s event was won by another Pearson coached athlete in Chris Shorthouse, fresh off the back of his GB debut, whilst the U18 boys’ competition was won by Windsor’s Bayley Campbell, who threw a massive personal best of 73.53m.
Of the success of the competition, organiser Perkins said:
I just wanted to do something for him (Alan) because his legacy has been huge, so I added a fixture to the calendar so that there was another opportunity for hammer throwers to get that same sort of atmosphere that he always created. I am just really thrilled that everybody has supported it so well.