Warm sunshine stayed in place the whole of the day at Bebington for this years Northern League Division 2 – Round (2). It was also a day when the Harriers, who were missing a lot of athletes, dug deep, doubled up, competed with niggles and injuries and took on events that they wouldn’t normally do and did themselves and the Club proud by finishing 2nd in the Match.
Good results in the Men’s Hammer kicked off the day nicely with Jacob Roberts setting a new PB of 55.59m for 2nd place in the ‘A’ and Nathan Billington also taking 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 38.26m, just 40cms away from a new PB. Charlotte Williams carried on in the Women’s Hammer also setting a new PB by a metre to win the event with a throw of 49.74m. Anna Peers had a cracking day too in the Throws winning all three of her events winning the ‘A’ Discus with 35.36m and backed up superbly by Holly Brooks in the ‘B’ also winning with a throw of 22.09m. Anna then won the ‘A’ Javelin with a distance of 35.36, an event which saw middle distance athlete Charlie Coy for only the second time she has ever thrown Javelin taking points in 3rd spot in the ‘B’ with 13.34m.
It was Anna and Holly again in the Shot Putt with yet another win for Anna (10.81m) and 3rd for Holly in the ‘B’ (7.48m) and throwing with an injured shoulder as she had done all day. Tony Balko and Nathan Billington took on the Discus with Tony placing 3rd with a season’s best in the ‘A’ (30.88m) and Nathan 4th in the ‘B’ with a new PB throw of 22.40m. Sammy Kearns was throwing the senior Javelin for the first time and did really well to get in a throw of 40.00m in the ‘A’ (6th) with Jacob Roberts just cms short from a new PB in the ‘B’ throwing 38.60m for 3rd place.
In the Sprints, Senior Men Dominic Bretherton and Dominic Zinyemba were evenly matched which saw Brandon 3rd in the ‘A’ 100m in 11.3 matching his personal best and Dominic 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB of 11.2. In the 200m it was Dominic in the ‘A’ placing 3rd in 23.4 and Brandon 2nd in the ‘B’ with 23.3. U17 Women Emily Warren competing even though she wasn’t well – and Chloe Bleeks went up against the Senior Women in the sprints with Emily finishing 5th in the ‘A’ 100m (13.3) and 5th also in the ‘A’ 200m with a time of 27.6 which equaled her personal best. Chloe came 5th in the ‘B’ 100m (13.6) and 5th in the ‘B’ 200m with a PB equaling time of 27.5.
Charlie Coy took good points in the Women’s ‘A’ 400m (62.0) in 2nd place followed by Maddie Elliott placing 3rd in the ‘A’ 800m in a time of 2.21.1 which was a new PB by two tenths and Katie Buckingham also taking 3rd spot in the ‘B’ in 2.29.2. Short on distance runners for the fixture – Maddie and Katie doubled up and ran the 1500m too with Maddie running into 3rd place in the ‘A’ (5.00.1) and Katie coming home 2nd in the ‘B’ with a new PB by seven seconds of 5.05.7. It was a similar situation for the Men’s distance runners which saw Joe Howe in the Men’s ‘A’ 400m straight after he had done the High Jump – (2nd in the ‘B’ with 1.45m) and Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘A’ 10.27.3) – in 5th place with a time of 61.6 – and – U17 Bradley Meikleham in his first ever competition at senior level coming home in 5th place in 58.4.
Tim Raynes took on the ‘A’ 1500m finishing 4th in 4.09.3 with Karl Billington 5th in the ‘B’ (4.46.5) followed thirty minutes later by Tim, like other athletes on the day, giving everything to maximise points, running the ‘A’ 5000m and nearly pulling a win off coming home in 2nd place (15.43.7) after making a bid three laps out to front run. Chris Davies who had already run the 3000m Steeplechase – (2nd in the ‘B’ 10.49.3) – also doubled up in the ‘B’ 5000m finishing 3rd in a new track PB time of 16.54.9. Chris even volunteered for a Leg of the 4 x 400m Relay if the Team had needed him!
It was a good day for Morgan Angland in a very keenly contested Women’s ‘A’ 100m Hurdles where she finished 2nd in a time of 15.5, just a tenth outside her PB and then in the ‘A’ Long Jump, Morgan got back to her best form leaping to a distance of 5.12m – again in a keenly contested event. Chloe Bleeks cleared 4.33m in the ‘B’ Long Jump for 3rd spot which was just 10cms down on her PB. In the Men’s Sprint Hurdles John iLunga and Joe Howe took this on in the absence of the teams sprint hurdlers and did really well with Joe placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (21.7) and John, as he was the only ‘B’ runner took all the points with a time of 22.4. John was also out in the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles running 67.7 for 2nd place and debutant U17 Solomon Brown did really well to also get 2nd place in the ‘B’ (66.3). Charlie Coy stepped in to do the 400m ‘A’ Hurdles, an event she hadn’t done before and gained good points for the team (3rd) in 82.9 and all done with a smile on her face – all the way round. U17’s Nick Massey and Luke Kenyon took on the Long Jump with Luke clearing 5.54m in the ‘A’ and Nick 5.28m in the ‘B’ – Luke then did ‘A’ Triple Jump carrying an injury placing 5th with 9.91m backed up by John Ilunga in the ‘B’ (4th) with a distance of 9.65m. Luke was also in action in the ‘A’ High Jump clearing 1.65m for 3rd place.
Some good results in the Relays too for the Team – The Women’s 4 x 100m – Morgan Angland – Katie Buckingham – Chloe Bleeks – Emily Warren – saw the Team finish in 3rd spot (52.00) but both Wirral and Liverpool were disqualified in front of them, giving the team win to the Harriers. In the 4 x 400m Women’s Relay – Katie Buckingham – Emily Warren – Charlie Coy – Maddie Elliot ran into 2nd place with 4.19.3. The Men’s 4 x 100m Relay – Dominic Bretherton – Brandon Zinyemba – Nick Massey – John iLunga – placed 3rd but had Liverpool disqualified in front of them moving them up to 2nd with a time of 46.9. The 4 x 400 Men’s Team of Karl Billington – Bradley Meikleham – Joe Howe – Solomon Brown ran a time of 3.59.1 (4th).