Hot-shot Henry lands Northern gold medal

Shot putter Henry Fairclough in action
Shot putter Henry Fairclough in action

Pocklington shot putt ace Henry Fairclough is celebrating after winning a gold medal at the 2016 Northern Indoor Athletics Championships.

The apprentice farmer, who studies at Askham Bryan College, was competing in his first ever event at under-20 level, at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.

He was the youngest competitor in the field at the age of 16, and, following an excellent series of putts, all consistently over 13m, took gold with a personal best throw of 13.98m.

Fairclough told the Pocklington Post: “Being the Northern champion feels amazing and doing it in my first year at under-20 level makes it even more special.

“I went into the competition, knowing I was the youngest athlete, but feeling confident that If I threw to the best of the ability I could come away with a new personal best and possibly a medal.

“The other competitors were throwing well, but I felt good from the start and when I took the lead in the third round I knew I was still capable of throwing further and could actually win the gold.”

Fairclough’s performance in Sheffield has taken him to number one in the under-20s men’s rankings in Humberside, Yorkshire and the UK.

He will now go on to compete in the UK Indoor Championships, also held in Sheffield, in February.

“My training has been going well and I have been working hard over the winter with my coach Paul Wilson,” Fairclough added.

“Hopefully I can now push on and have my most successful season yet.”