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Hannah Cockroft
15 August 2016 

BWAA/BWRA Grand Prix, Stoke Mandeville, 13-14 August

Multiple global gold medallist Hannah Cockroft (coach: Jenni Banks) fine-tuned her preparations for Rio as the ‘Hurricane’ lined up in the 100m, 400m and 800m in Stoke Mandeville. Cockroft, who won three world titles over the distances in Doha last year posted times of 17.59, 61.88 and 2:04.65 – her fastest time over 800m this year.

Cockroft’s Rio teammate Jade Jones (Ian Thompson/Tanni Grey-Thompson) also lined up in multiple events with the Commonwealth Games T54 1500m bronze medallist putting her speed work to fine use with a 17.79 lifetime best in the 100m. Jones was also in action in the 200m and 800m with the New Marske athlete crossing the line in 31.55 and 2:01.95 respectively.

Vanessa Daobry (Alison O’Riordan), who will make her Paralympic Games debut in South America was in impressive form adding 19cm to her personal best with a throw of 7.49m in the F34 shot put.  

It’s been an impressive year so far for Richard Chiassaro (Banks) and showed his form once again finishing just outside his personal best in the 100m in a time of 14.45 (-0.5m/s). The T54 athlete took the plaudits in the 400m crossing in 46.32, with Rio relay teammate Nathan Maguire in second with a new personal best of 47.96.

London 2012 T53 100m gold medallist Mickey Bushell (Jenny Archer), who has had an injury and illness disrupted four years since his triumph is edging closer to his best with times of 15.07  (-0.5m/s) and 52.10 in the 100m and 400m respectively.  

All three athletes selected for the T33 100m in Rio went head-to-head over the weekend with Toby Gold (Jenni Banks) claiming bragging rights pipping Dan Bramall and Andrew Small to victory in a time of 17.63. Bramall and Small followed in 18.45 and 18.60 for second and third place.   

Rhys Jones (Christian Malcolm) continued his preparations for next month’s Paralympic Games posting a time of 12.03 (-0.4m/s) in the mixed class 100m, which was won by James Ledger (Richard Ledger) in 11.98.

Full results will be available shortly

Scottish Athletics National Senior Championships, Grangemouth, 13-14 August 

Saturday’s program in Grangemouth saw 2012 Olympian Freya Ross run strongly in less than favourable conditions to claim her first national title on the track for six years in a time of 16:56.65 over 5000m.

Out in the field, Inverness Harrier Kirsty Law (John Godina) stretched her run as national champion to an incredible nine years in the discus with a best of 52.64m, with victories also coming for last year’s champions Kirsty Yates (Joyce Rammell) and Greg Millar (David Parker) in the shot put and javelin respectively.

T44 Paralympic Games silver medallist Stef Reid (Aston Moore) was in action alongside T35 100m and 200m specialist Maria Lyle on day two in Scotland, with the latter running a season’s best of 29.72 in the 200m to accompany her victory in the 100m. Reid, who jumped to an unofficial world lead last month in Newham, produced her best of 5.44m in the opening round. 

There was a native record for Nick Percy in the discus as he threw a best of 59.90m to eclipse the best performance by a scot on home soil in the event. Percy, who also won the shot put on Sunday and hammer on Saturday to complete a medal hat-trick, was delighted with his achievement post-event, saying: “It completes the perfect year for me. I’ve won everything I wanted to, including the NCAA and British titles as well as the Scottish title, and I’ve been pushing the boundaries on the Scottish National Records.”

In a mixed sex field event it was F32 world and European club throw champion Jo Butterfield (Phillip Peat/Shona Malcolm) who snatched victory by 1cm to take the win ahead of Graham Condie (Bronwin Carter) with a throw of 20.70m.

More results to follow