Fixture 2 at Wigan saw an under strength Harriers Team due to exams, work, injuries and compounded by some athletes picking up injuries on the day, having to fight really hard for 5th place. This leaves the Club in 4th place, just one League point off 2nd place going into Fixture 3.
Another disaster beset the Team Photographer who had managed to leave the camera battery on charge at home so shortage of good photos for this report although Katie Buckingham’s attempted dive into the Water Jump comes out quite nicely!!
Full Results HERE
Even with the problems on the day, those athletes who competed went the extra mile for the Team – all the way from new Team members Lewis Old and John Iluga who had never competed before for a Club in League Competition – Gareth Johnson and Chris Richardson-Dulling returning from their Rugby season to the highlight of the day seeing Katie Buckingham and Grace Handley do the Steeplechase, even though they had never done it before – as is evidenced by this photo!!!
Overall a really good effort by every athlete who turned out on the day – Gareth Johnson; John Iluga; Morgan Phillips; Joe Howe; Chris Richardson-Dulling; Joe Monk; Joe Howe; Joe Campbell; Ben Aspinall; Sam Pearson-Moore; Cameron Massey; Connor Davison; Olivia Brooks; Rebecca Orrell; Jane Saothong; Libby Bonis; Olivia Wilson; Grace Handley; Morgan Angland; Esme Pearse; Roxanne Oliver.
Amazing that these same athletes who were really stretched set 17 new Personal Bests during the course of the day in what can only be described as pretty bad conditions, for Middle Distance, and Throws.
Amongst the PB’s were Gareth Johnson in the Discus with 18.22m – Morgan Phillips in the 400m knocking half a second off to set a new time of 52.1 for his third PB in the last couple of weeks at 400 and 800m’s – Joe Howe in the Shot Putt (7.84m) – Joe Monk in the 3000m cutting 5 seconds off his previous best to post a new PB of 9.23.6 and in that wind that was pretty good and backed up by Joe Campbell who won the ‘B’ 3000m with a time of 10.07.9. Jacob Roberts knocked two tenths of his 100m time to set a new PB of 12.0sec and then set a new PB in the Hammer winning with a throw of 52.35m which is over two metres inside the English Schools qualifying distance.
Hanzala Hanif clocked up two new PB’s in the 200m with 25.6 and Long Jump with a leap of 5.21m. Keeping the run going, Cameron Massey ran 62.3 in the U17 400Hurdles to win by two seconds and record a new PB. Connor Davison who has also been setting new PB’s this year put another one together in the U17 Javelin with a throw of 32.02m.
Roxanne Oliver hit a double PB with 15.6sec win in the 100m Hurdles and 67.4 in the 400m Hurdles. Libby Bonis set a double PB with a 100m 12.7 and 200m 26.6. Olivia Wilson also had a good day with PB’s in the 300m (48.3) and Javelin (21.65). Morgan Angland won the U17 ‘A’ 80m Hurdles in 12.0 a time inside the English Schools qualifying standard.