RORY Howorth’s impressive start to the indoor campaign continued at the Cardiff Met GP Christmas Classic meeting as he smashed his personal best in the long jump.

The 15-year-old St Augustine’s Catholic College student from Hilperton moved up to the senior men’s competition and finished third overall in the with a leap of 6.43m which shattered his previous best of 6.09m which he set in June.

Coach Julie Alexander said: “What was really encouraging was that Rory also had two jumps in the 6.40s and another at 6.34 so that proved his 6.43m was no fluke.

“Also because of his injures he just hasn’t practiced the long jump at all so this was a massive surprise and all very exciting.

“But as I told him this is very early in the season and the main focus remains the outdoor season next summer.”

To cap a good day in the Wales capital Howorth also set a PB in the 60m, winning his heat in a time of 7.76secs.

Howorth wasn’t the only Team Bath athlete to improve his PBs at the meeting. Delano Stewart and Ollie Hayward, both under 20s, were competing in their first indoor meeting and set PBs in the 60m with times of 7.55secs and 8.34secs respectively and Ian Long set a PB of 9.12secs in the senior men's age group.

Rebecca Pierce had a busy day competing in both the 3000m and 600m. She finished fourth in her heat of the 3,000m with a time of 10:50.93 and 6th in the 600m in 1:46.43. Louise Jeffries also competed in the 3,000m, finishing in a time of 12:57.08.

Competing in her first year as an under 20 St Laurence School student Jenna Blundell finished fourth in her heat of the senior women’s 60m with a time of 8.11secs, just outside her PB.

Tackling the 60m and 300m Sarah Long clocked times of 8.45secs and 43.64secs respectively.