When you are a Team, when you support one another as a Team, when you roar your fellow athletes on, when you rejoice in their success as much as your own you can achieve anything.
The Harriers went into the last fixture of the season top of the Division with East Cheshire as our closest rivals just one League point and 117 Match Points behind us in second place. The athletes knew that if they won the fixture, they would be Champions and be promoted to Division One in the first year of the YDL and what a response. We won the fixture by 111 Match Points to take maximum League points finishing top of the Division.
A great performance by all the athletes who were there on the day and all those who were not but who had made fabulous contributions in the other three fixtures.
Full Results HERE
In this final fixture there were 28 wins in individual events, 16 PB’s and another Club Record for U17 Rebecca Orrell in winning the Hammer with a Throw 0f 38.48m.
Jack Vickery (U20) and Nathan Billington (U17) kept the points total moving upwards with consistent throwing on the day. Jack set a PB in 6k Shot Putt in winning the ‘B’ (9.15m) backing it up with a Season’s Best in the ‘A’ Discus (28.82) for third place. Nathan close to his season’s best in all his events took third in Discus ‘A’ (25.08m); second in the Hammer ‘B’ (37.52m) and third in the Javelin ‘A’ (29.11m). U20 Corie Shorrock took second in the ‘B’ Discus and a SB’s (24.78m); second in the ‘A’ Shot Putt and a PB (10.56m) and third in the ‘A’ Javelin (23.87m). U20’s Jacinta Davison and Holly Ballantyne also rowed in with Throws winning the ‘A’ and ‘B’ Hammer with 17.10m and 16.78m respectively. Both Jacinta and Holly won the ‘A’ and ‘B’ 1500m making it a double first for both of them on the day.
Amongst the many fine performances on the day were U17 Macauley Scott with two wins and a third on the day with PB’s in all of them – 1.80m in the High Jump – 10.75m in the Triple Jump. 5.71m in the Long Jump. U20 Connor Makin took three wins – 400m (54.6) – 110m Hurdles in a Season’s Best (17.8) – 400m Hurdles (60.9) and a third and a PB in the High Jump (1.69m). U17 Rhiannon Wickham (12.43.1) won the 3000m and in doing so made it a clean sweep of winning every 3000m Race in the Division this year – four races four wins. Another U17 debutant in the 3000m – Ella Gregory won the ‘B’ with 12.48.3 and also ran a PB in the 800m (2.57.3).
U20’s Zac Howe ‘A’ (4.15.7 and SB’s) and Rob Warner ‘B’ (4.28.7) won the 1500m. Rob went on to win the ‘A’ 3000m (9.02). Zac took second in the ‘A’ 400m (54.1) and set a PB in winning the ‘B’ Triple Jump (10.23m). Joseph Howe (U17) and Phoebe Howe (U17) kept the family contribution to the Team points total rocketing up. Joseph won the 1500m SC with a PB of 5.04.5 and Phoebe had a solo run in her 1500m SC to earn maximum points (6.08.6) after winning the ‘B’ 800m (2.31.7). Rob Savage took on the 2000m SC finishing 2nd (7.43.7) after posting 2.26.5 for the ‘A’ 800m (4th).
The Sprinters weighed in with some good performances including setting new PB’s. Paul Coffey (U20) won the 100m ‘A’ with a new PB of 11.6sec and then equalled his PB of 24.0sec in the 200m. U17 Jake Almond competing in the U20 won the ‘B’ 200m (24.1) and finished second in the ‘B’ 100m (11.9). U17 Roxanne Oliver had a stand out day. In the 100m ‘A’ she set a new PB of 13.4 (3rd) then second in the ‘A’ 200m (27.7) and another PB and to top it off came 2nd in the 80m Hurdles with yet another PB (13.1). Gareth Johnson (U17) doubled up in the 100m (12.3) for second place and 200m (25.5) for another second place.
Katie Buckingham (U17) took a win treble in the 300m (45.4) after a great battle with the East Cheshire athlete and just taking it on the line, adding the the 300m Hurdles (49.2) and solo running the 1500m (5.26.7). U20 Rebecca Sullivan also clocked a win double with 64.6 in the ‘A’ 400m and the first time she had ever raced the distance and then won the ‘A’ High Jump with 1.60m. Morgan Philips (U17) ran a good PB in the 800m for second place (4.33.1) and U17 Olivia Brooks took maximum points by winning the High Jump with 1.40m. Joseph Monk (U17) fell just short of his PB in the 3000m in third place (10.09.1). Sam Charnley took a good second place in the ‘A’ Triple Jump (9.62m) and a 4th in the 400m (61.4). Team Managers frantically looked round for Sam who was part of the U17 Men’s 4 x 400m Relay Team and wasn’t at the starting line. All’s well that end’s well and Sam took part in a winning Relay Team (4.06.4)