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Harriers top of UKYDL (Lower Age Group) Division 1 – Chris Arthur takes Bronze at Inter-Counties Fell Championships for Lancashire
UKYDL Division 1 – Saturday May 19th
Round 2 of this years Lower Age Group Division 1 in the UKYDL took place in glorious sunshine at Trafford and eagerly awaited by the Harriers after winning the first match by 27.5 points from Crewe & Nantwich AC in 2nd place – the places were reversed in this fixture with Crewe pipping the Harriers in by 24 points in another very tight contest…….All of which means that as we look forward to Match 3 at Trafford on July 16th, the Harriers are top of the Division by just 3.5 points. What a great contest.
The consistency of the athletes throughout the full day was a joy to see – featuring as it did – twenty four wins, twenty two 2nd and eighteen 3rd places. Added to that the athletes produced 19 new PB’s, plus two new PB’s in non-scoring events and five athletes equaling their personal bests, two English Schools qualifying standards and a great new Club Record for the U13 Boys 4 x 100m team (56.6) featuring Codie Dewhurst, Harry Sambrook, Harrison Allock and Tobi Idalapo.
The U15 Boys were in good form again as Kyle Mashiter placed 2nd in the 100m ‘A’ with 12.0 and Ethan Downes 1st in the ‘B’ with 12.5 – same result again in the 200m with Kyle setting a new PB of 24.5 in the ‘A’ and Ethan also a new PB in the ‘B’ winning in 24.6. Amy Wiggans placed 5th in the U15 Girls 100m ‘A’ in 13.8 as Abigail Armas ran a new PB in the ‘B’ Race of 13.9 (4th) – Amy doubled up in the 200m (5th) in a time of 28.4 whilst Maia Bowman took 3rd spot in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 29.9.
New member Tobi Idalapo had a great run to win the U13 Boys ‘A’ 100m in a new PB of 13.2 as Harrison Allcock deliverd a similarly great run to win the ‘B’ in a new PB time of 13.9. Daniel Smith and Harry Sambrook took on the 200m which saw Daniel set a new PB of 31.7 in the ‘A’ (6th) and Harry coming home 5th in 32.9 in the ‘B’ Race. A tremendous performance came for the U13 Girls in the 75m and 150m races which resulted in four races, four wins and and new PB. Kate Cookson won the ‘A’ 75m in 11.2 and then set a new PB in the ‘A’ 150m with a time of 21.6. Lucy Rishton is small in stature but huge in heart as she won the ‘B’ 75m in 11.4 followed by Lucy Ramsden who won the ‘B’ 150m in 22.3 – added to these was a new PB for Tilly Pollard in the non-scoring 75m race where she clocked 11.6, over half a second faster than her previous best.
One of the highlights in the Throws came from Nicky Saunders who threw the English Schools qualifying standard in the U15 Girls ‘A’ Discus which she won with a new PB 0f 27.77m. Izzy Thompson made it maximum points for the team as she won the ‘B’ Discus with 22.62m. Nicky then took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Hammer with 25.11 and followed that up with a win in the ‘B’ Javelin with a throw of 23.37m. Myah Booth finished 3rd in the ‘A’ Javelin with 23.50 after winning the ‘A’ Shot reaching a distance of 10.56m. Izzy Thompson once again added great points to the Team total with a 2nd in the ‘B’ Shot (7.84m). The U15 Boys were also in good form with Matt Heywood coming 3rd in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (7.82m) and Kyle Taylor-Pomfret – with the first of three new PB’s on the day – taking 2nd in the ‘B’ with a distance of 5.95m. It was 2nd place for Matt Heywood in the Discus with 25.22m as George Whittaker won the ‘B’ with 22.50m. Matt rounded off his day with a win in the Hammer, an event where he has already thrown the English Schools qualifying standard, this time throwing 31.93m. Achieving his 2nd new PB of the day, Kyle Taylor-Pomfret won the ‘B’ Hammer with 24.68 and he was backed up superbly by Kieran Carroll in the ‘A’ Javelin taking 2nd spot with 28.61m and George Whittaker also 2nd in the ‘B’ with 28.02m. The U13 Girls were great in the Throws taking 3 wins and a 3rd place – Tilly Pollard set a new PB in the ‘A’ Shot (6.46) with Caroline Woodworth winning the ‘B’ (5.57m) before going on to win the ‘A’ Javelin with a throw of 21.77m supported by a 3rd place for Kady Thompson in the ‘B’ (10.45m). The Teams U13 Boys earned two second places, a 3rd and 5th in their Throws events which saw Harrison Allock set a new PB in the ‘A’ Shot with 6.07m and Harry Sambrook 5th in the ‘B’ (4.28m) – In the Javelin, Dexta Thompson came 2nd in the ‘A’ with 22.76m whilst Isaac Butler set a new PB by nearly two metres of 21.36m to come 2nd in the ‘B’.
Harvey Ashworth and Zachary Walmsley took on the U15 Boys 300m with Harvey clocking 43.9 in the ‘A’ (5th) and Zachary 3rd in the ‘B’ with a time of 44.5. In the 800m Harvey placed 2nd in the ‘A’ with a time of 2.14.6 whilst Hayden Mercer ran a very good race in the ‘B’ to set a new PB time of 2.13.9 in 2nd spot. The 1500m saw new PB’s for both athletes with David Holman knocking over two seconds off his best placing 5th in the ‘A’ race in 4.57.0 whilst in the ‘B’ Kyle Taylor-Pomfret, with his third personal best of the day chopped over nine seconds off his best as he clocked 4.58.9 in 2nd position. Eleesha Charnley and Leah Hoole ran the U15 Girls 300m – Eleesha coming home 4th in the ‘A’ in 44.3 and Leah 4th in the ‘B’ in 50.4. Eleesha then won the ‘A’ 800m in 2.25.6 backed up really well by Leah Hoole in the ‘B’ who placed 2nd in 2.37.0. Rebecca Ramsden also ran a new PB in the non-scoring 800m of 2.36.3, a massive 11 second improvement as did Molly Grimshaw with a time of 2.56.0 – down from 2.58.7. Sophie Stanworth and Hollie Cubbon combined in the heat of mid afternoon in the 1500m which saw Sophie run a time of 5.18.9 for 4th in the ‘A’ and Hollie 3rd in the ‘B’ clocking 5.31.7.
Codie Dewhurst finished 3rd in the U13 Boys ‘A’ 800m race (2.41.9) as Saul Sharp cut four seconds off his best to run a new PB of 2.36.7 in the ‘B’ for 3rd spot – Umair Rafiq also got in on the new PB’s as he clocked a new personal best of 2.41.0 – down by four seconds in the non-scoring 800m race which he won.The 1500m races saw Isaac Butler place 6th in the ‘A’ (5.22.7) with Daniel Smith 4th in the ‘B’ (5.29.0). Caroline Woodworth clocked 2.40.1 in the ‘A’ U13 Girls 800m (3rd) as Kiera Booth finished 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB time of 2.46.8 – a massive 20 second reduction off her previous best time. Kate Cookson had a cracking day winning the 75m and 150m ‘A’ Races going on to set a new PB by six seconds to clock a new PB of 4.10.5 in 3rd spot in the ‘A’ 1200m – and – not to be outdone – Keira Haxton chopped 8.5 seconds off her previous best for a new PB time of 4.11.0 to win the ‘B’ Race.
U15 Myah Booth won the Lancashire County Championships 75m Hurdles last weekend and ran 11.7 twice – in the Heats and Final – to achieve the English Schools qualifying standard. This week she went one better as she ran 11.6 in winning the ‘A’ Race, backed up by Lily-Mae Thomas in the ‘B’ Race (4th) in 13.9. Ben Boocock had to pull out of the U15 Boys 80m Hurdles in the warm up which meant Rory Teare ran the ‘A’ race coming in 4th in 15.3. Daniel Smith set a new PB in the ‘A’ U13 Boys 75m Hurdles with 16.0 in 2nd place as Codie Dewhurst won the ‘B’ Race in 16.8. Lucy Ramsden dipped on the line to win the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles in 13.0 – the same time given to 2nd place – as Kady Thompson ran 17.0 for 4th position in the ‘B’.
Kyle Mashiter added more invaluable points to the Team total in the ‘A’ U15 Boys Long Jump placing 2nd with a leap of 5.37m as Rory Teare set a new PB of 4.25m in the ‘B’ for 4th. Rory then equaled his personal best in the High Jump, clearing 1.45m in the ‘A’ (4th) whilst Hayden Mercer replicated the performance in the ‘B’ – equaling his best of 1.45m to win the ‘B’. The U15 Girls Long Jump competition saw Eleesha Charnley place 6th in the ‘A’ with a leap of 4.05m and Amy Wiggans take 5th spot in the ‘B’ (3.75m). Danielle Probert cleared 1.30m in the U15 Girls ‘A’ High Jump for 5th position with Rebecca Barton 4th in the ‘B’ also clearing a height of 1.30m. Harrison Allock won the U13 Boys ‘A’ Long Jump with a leap of 3.99m, backed up by Harry Sambrook in the ‘B’ who placed 4th (2.99m). Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.10m in the ‘A’ U13 Boys High Jump for 5th place. In the Long Jump – Niamh Gater jumped 3.55m in the U13 Girls Long Jump (5th) as Lucy Rishton placed 3rd in the ‘B’ with 3.51m.
Inter-Counties Fell Championships – Saturday May 19th
Blackburn Harriers Chris Arthur and Steven Snape were both selected to run for Lancashire in the Inter-Counties Fell Championships at Crowden at the weekend – both finishing up as counters with Chris taking 3rd place overall and winning Individual Bronze in a time of 46.40 and Steven finishing 25th overall in 49.48. The race was won by Nick Swinburn in 44.37 with Lancashire just missing out on a Team Medal – placing 4th with 48 points, the counters being (1) Chris Arthur, (2) Rob Hope, (3) Steven Snape.
After the Championship Race finished both Harriers spoke to the Club about the day with Chris Arthur commenting“Another tough day in the heat left me feeling below par but very happy with 3rd behind Max and Nick who were absolutely flying. This was my last race in Lancs vest and it’s been a privilege to run with the team. Both the men and women’s teams had great runs but unfortunately just missed out on the medals. Special mention has to go to Cal Davidson for racing on a knackered ankle, which unsurprisingly didn’t go altogether smoothly!” and Steven Snape telling us “Fantastic day out representing Lancashire in the inter counties fell championships. I felt good on the climbs but ran out of steam a bit near the end with the heat. Definitely more beer garden weather than racing but another great day on the fells”.
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