The first fixture of the YDL Lower Age Group took place at Witton Park on Saturday May 2nd in pretty cold conditions but that didn’t deter the athletes from putting in some cracking performances and showing real enthusiasm over the whole day. Congratulations also to the Winners from the Isle of Man who had to make the long journey over two days to get here and compete.
Full Results HERE
The Harriers Team had a cracking day finishing second overall which featured 20 Event wins, 25 second places, 16 third places and no fewer than 19 new PB’s.
Amongst the winners were U13 Sam Farnworth – appointed as Team Captain for the Boys – leading from the front with victories in the U13’s A Races in both the 100m and 200m and set a new PB in the Shot Putt with 5.62m. Josh van der Linde set three new PB’s with 26.8 in the U15 200m, then jumped 1.80m to win the Pole Vault and capped it off with another win in the Long Jump (4.89m).
In the Throws events, Anthony Kent won the U15 Discus with 24.25 and the Hammer with 21.68 with training partner Lucas Davies backing him up with a win in the U15 Discus ‘B’ (20.21m) and a new PB. Lucas set another PB in the U15 Shot putt with 6.69m. In the U15 Girls – Ellie Littlefair moving up in weights won the Discus with 23.83 and then set a new PB in the Hammer with 28.08 followed by 2nd place in the Javelin (22.89m). New member – Teigan Fawcett – had a cracking debut for the Club winning the ‘B’ in the Discus (18.94m) and the Javelin with a throw of 18.72m.
In the Hurdles, outstanding performance of the day came from Nick Massey in the 80mH U15 ‘A’ Race winning in a Grade One time of 11.9.U13. Myah Booth won the 70mH in a good time of 13.4 and U15 Emily Warren took the 75mH victory in 12.8. Maddie Elliott made it even more points taken in the Hurdles by winning the U15 75H ‘B’ in 14.6 for a new PB.
In the Jumps there were more victories and PB’s. Hannah Cookson won the U15 Long Jump with a new PB of 4.21m, whilst in the U13 Boys – Harry Huddart and Jonah Turner won the High Jump with Harry taking the ‘A’ in 1.20m and Jonah the ‘B’ in 1.05m. Ben Cecil set a new PB in the U15 Long Jump (4.26m) in 2nd place whilst Emily Laycock also in 2nd spot set a new PB in the U13 High Jump (1.10m). In the U15 Long Jump Emily Warren set a new PB of 4.34m in 2nd place and Olivia Blow also set a new PB in the U13 Long Jump – 5th with 3.61m.
On the Track there were new personal bests for Emily Raine – 2nd in the U13 150m with a new best of 21.8. In the 200m Maddie Elliott finished in 2nd with a new PB of 30.6, whilst in the 300m – Hannah Cookson also took 2nd place with a new personal best of 45.9.
New member and U 13 Leon Thomas had a great debut in only his second competitive race, winning the ‘A’ 800m in 2.34.2 which was a massive 9 seconds faster than his debut at the Mid Lancs a few weeks ago. Jimmy Walpole then made it a great double for the Harriers winning the ‘B’ Race in 2.39.5 for a new PB by a massive 12 seconds. Maddie Elliott ran a really great race in the U15 1500m ‘A’ winning in 5.10.7 and powering down the home straight for a fine victory. Daniel Brown kept the new PB’s coming with a 3rd placed 5.28.9 in the U13 Boys 1500m.
A great performance overall by the Clubs young athletes, both those mentioned here and those who are not but contributed so much to the day making for great Team spirit and camaraderie.