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Jo Jackson


08 October 2009

Jo Jackson (Redcar) broke the British Best Performance and UK All Comers Record yesterday in the one mile walk in the Leeds Varsity Match by recording 6.56.2 removing the previous best performance of 7.08.9 set by Catherine Charnock in 2000.

Jackson was representing Leeds Met Carnegie - where she has recently begun studying for a degree in Sports Performance and trains at the UKA National Race Walking Centre - in the annual match against Leeds University.

Commenting on the performance Jackson said: ‘It is great to break the British Record on my new home track’.   

In front of Jackson, Brendan Boyce clocked a personal best of 6.22.0 to move to 4th on the Irish All Time List as he won for Leeds Met Carnegie. Fellow Leeds Met Walkers Alex Wright (6.31.3) and Tom Bosworth (6.35.7) both recorded personal bests.

The other highlight of the match that was won by Leeds Met Carnegie by 149 points to 89 included Scottish Record Holder James Campbell’s victory in the javelin with 72.35 over team mate and GB Junior international Matthew Hunt (60.93). European Junior Decathlete 5th Placer Dan Gardiner won the High Jump, Discus, Long Jump and was part of Leeds Met’s victorious 4 x 100 metre squad.