WILTSHIRE thrower James Viner is enjoying a golden end to a superb season.

The Sheldon School student from Chippenham won the U15 boys’ hammer title at the Midland Championships at Nuneaton over the weekend.

Viner, one of a talented group of Wiltshire throwers, recorded a throw of 43.87m to lift the title – a huge improvement on his fourth place 12 months ago when throwing 30.29m underlining the improvement he has made under leading hammer west coach Matt Spicer.

Viner’s best throw of the season remains 44.63m, which he recorded to finish fifth in the English Schools’ Championships final and puts him eighth in the UK U15 boys’ rankings.

Trowbridge rookie Byron Mander was one of Team Bath AC’s top performers in the third Avon Track & Field League meeting of the season at Gloucester on Sunday.

The 12-year-old claimed an impressive double victory in the U13 boys shot with a throw of 6.71m and discus with a personal best of 17.20m. He also starred in Team Bath’s victorious sprint relay team.

Byron wasn’t the only member of the talented Mander family to impress as older sister Caitlin also scored valuable points with a second in the U15 girls triple jump, her first ever competition at the event, with a solid mark of 9.10m and fourth place in the 75m hurdles in 13.1secs and high jump with 1.25m.

Those points helped the club finish second overall to Yate & District AC and well ahead of other local rivals Bristol & West AC and North Somerset AC.

Other double winners were in-form Staverton athlete Jenna Blundell, who is enjoying a busy end to the season, in the senior women’s 100m in 12.9secs and her main event the 100m hurdles in 15.1secs.

Sheldon School’s Femi Akinbobola scored maximum points with wins in the U17 men’s 100m in 11.5secs and 200m in 22.9secs, while Hilperton all-rounder Rory Howorth concentrated on the throws and won the U17 men’s shot with 12.73m and discus with 37.17m, both decent distances.

Other winners were Hardenhuish School student India Ibbotson in the U15 women’s 300m in 46.2secs, Jo Lumb in the veteran women’s 100m in 15.5secs and Sarah Long in the senior women’s 400m in 61.2secs.

Rebecca Pierce won the senior women’s 1500m in 5:01.7 while Alex Knight raced to victory in the U13 boys 800m in 2:31.3 with Dylan Stoneman runner-up in 2:31.8. Stoneman also won the 80m hurdles in 14.31secs.

In the long jump, there were comfortable wins for Kiran Carter in the U15 boys’ age group with a leap of 5.55m and Trowbridge’s Marcin Olech in the senior men’s event with a season's best jump of 6m40 to move up to eighth in the South West U20 Men’s rankings.

“Marcin is a lovely lad and is having a great season,” said coach Di Viles.

Imam Qazi win the veteran men’s 100m in 12.8secs and further in the sprints there were relay wins for the U13 boys’ in 60.5secs and the U17 men in 47.5secs.

Teams: 1 Yate & District AC 1217.50pts; 2 Team Bath AC 1051.50; 3 North Somerset AC 910. 50.

AT THE Midland Championships in Nuneaton Joel Mattacks, from Southwick, ran 12.39secs in the U17 men’s 100m, just outside his personal best and 66.5secs in the 400 hurdles to finish fifth.

His 100m time puts him 10th in the UKA T20 rankings.

ENTRIES are open for the popular Marshfield Mudlark races on Sunday, October 7 (10am).

Once again the main event will be the 11k race with the Marshfield Mudlite 4.5k for over 11s and the Marshfield Muddling 2.6k fun run for over 4s in support to ensure something for everyone.

The event organised by the Marshfield School PTA and Corsham Running Club and the HQ will be Marshfield Cricket Club.

Entry is available through the new website marshfieldmudlark.co.uk.