Finally the UKYDL Lower Age Group League fixtures got underway in the Lancashire Division on Saturday June 5th at the home of Border Harriers in Carlisle. Blackburn Harriers & AC, Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC, Border Harriers & AC Lancaster & Morecambe AC and Team North Cumbria, all enjoying a lovely summers day with a gentle wind. As with the previous week and the first fixtures, the reduced timetable takes away some of the atmosphere with the reduction in the numbers involved and the absence of athletes who would like to compete but cannot, because of the Covid Guidance that governs the construction of the Timetables. However, it doesn’t and didn’t, take away from the enthusiasm, energy and effort put in by those athletes who were there and able to compete.
The week before saw Blackburn Harriers win the opening fixture in the UKYDL Upper Age Group Lancashire Division at Lancaster and the Club this week was trying to emulate that result, and emulate it they did, winning with a points total of 300 to Blackpool in 2nd place with 276 points, Lancaster 3rd (153), Border Harriers 4th (142) and Team North Cumbria 5th (119).
Great start for the Club in the 100m with Daniel Nuttall (12.3) – and a new PB by three tenths – taking the win in a closely fought battle from Blackpool’s Oliver Nunn (12.4). Aidan Downes obliterated his previous personal best by over two seconds as he took 2nd place in the ‘B’ in 13.3. The same pairing of Daniel and Aidan then doubled up in the 300m, neither of whom had ever run that distance before, where Daniel took 3rd in the ‘A’ clocking 41.3 and Aidan winning the ‘B’ in a time of 43.7.
On to middle distance where Matthew Smith and Daniel Smith (no relation) lined up for the Club. Matthew took 2nd spot in the ‘A’ with a time of 2.20.9 whilast Daniel won the ‘B’ in a time of 2.22.9 for a huge new PB by over twelve seconds. The same two lads then took on the 80m Hurdles which produced two more wins and maximum points – the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Races being run together. Daniel won the ‘A’ in 14.0 in his first attempt over 80mH having previously gone over 75mH and Matthew won the ‘B’ in 14.1 for a new PB by nearly four tenths. In the High Jump, sadly there were only two athletes in total – Matthew and Daniel Smith for the Harriers – which ended with Matthew clearing 1.65m and Daniel 1.50m.
In the Relays the Harriers fielded a team in the 4 x 100m with only Blackpool among the Clubs having a team which saw Blackpool win in 52.6 with the Harriers in 2nd clocking 54.0.
Niamh Gater and Lucy Rishton were the ‘A’ and ‘B’ athletes respectively for the Harriers in the 100m which resulted in Niamh running 13.9 in the ‘A’ for 3rd and Lucy 13.8 for 2nd spot in the ‘B’ – Niamh setting a new PB by one hundreth as did Lucy knocking a whopping 1.2 seconds off her previous best. Isabela Thompson took the opportunity to try the 100m, running the non-scoring 100m, in a time of 15.8. Lucy Rishton was out again in the 300m, this time teaming up with Alisha Lehner, producing a 2nd and 3rd place – Lucy running 47.3 in the ‘A’ in 2nd and Alisha 48.1 in the ‘B’, neither youngster having ever raced the distance previously. Isabela Thompson and Faith Gillibrand paired up for the 800m with Faith placing 5th in 2.45.3 in the ‘A’ and Isabela 2nd in the ‘B’ with 2.52.7.
Niamh Gater and Alisha Lehner went in the 75m Hurdles – Niamh placing 3rd in the ‘A’ in 13.5 and Alisha first in the ‘B’ (14.6) and this was followed with more additional points in the High Jump – Kady Thompson clearing a new PB height of 1.30m in the 3rd in the ‘A’ – an improvement on her previous best of 5cms, whilst Isaabelle Hartley won the ‘B’ also with a new PB of 1.25m. Kady and Isabelle teamed up again – this time in the Shot Putt where Kady came 3rd in the ‘A’ (6.02m) – a new PB by over a metre and her 2nd personal best of the day whilst Isabelle came 2nd in the ‘B’ (5.69m). In the Discus Lucy Rishton joined Kady Thompson which saw Kady make it a hat-trick of new PB’s on the day as she placed 3rd in the ‘A’ with 14.89m – an improvement of over a metre whilst Lucy stepped up for the team and added valuable points, placing 2nd with 14.21m in the ‘B’. In the 4 x 100m Relay the Harriers came in 2nd (56.0), which was won by Blackpool (54.2) and Team North Cumbria in 3rd (56.6).
Maximum points for the 75m sprinters as Luke Watson won the ‘A’ in 10.9, given the same time as Lancaster’s Ben Brassington in 2nd whilst Zachary Hearle won the ‘B’ in 11.6 – a new PB by four tenths. George Camara (10.8) and Loucas Lancashire (12.4) ran in the non-scoring race. Maximum points again for the Club in the 1200m as Oliver Brown led from the start to win the ‘A’ in 3.57.6 with George Camara winning the ‘B’ in 4.22.2.
The trend of maimum points achieved by winning both ‘A’ and ‘B’ continued in the Long Jump with Luke Watson winning the ‘A (3.41m) and Zachary Hearle the ‘B’ (3.22m). The fourth event in a row producing maximum points, winning both ‘A’ and ‘B’ came in the Javelin with Loucas Lancashire winning the ‘A’ with a throw of 18.61m and Harry Pilkington winning the ‘B’ with a distance of 17.29m. The U13 Boys then finished off taking maximum points in the 4 x 100m Relay, being the only team and recording a time of 59.2.
In the 75m the Harriers duo in this event saw Agatha Taylor and Leila Pilkington produce excellent runs to take two second places with Agatha posting a time of 11.9 in the ‘A’ and Leila a new PB of 11.5 as 2nd in the ‘B’. Agatha then teamed up with Hannah Davies in the 1200m which saw Agatha win the ‘A’ in 4.14.3 and Hannah win the ‘B’ in 4.31.8.
Hannah joined forces with Tamzin Osborne in the Long Jump – Hannah placing 3rd in the ‘A’ (3.53m) and also 3rd in the ‘B’ – Tamzin jumped 2.97m. The two of them then produced maximum points for the team in the Javelin with Hannah winning the ‘A’ throwing 14.04m and Tamzin winning the ‘B’ with a throw of 8.40m. The 4 x 100m Relay had just two teams which resulted in a win for Blackpool in 61.6 with Blackburn 2nd in 63.3.