UKYDL at Bury – Saturday April 22nd
Great morning with plenty of warm weather and sunshine as we set off from Witton Park with a Coach full of young athletes to the first fixture of the season in this years UKYDL Lower Age Group for U13 and U15 athletes. Some of the athletes were in their first season of League competition, some in their second and some in their first ever competition; And what a performance they pulled out on the day. Unfortunately there was an issue with the Results programme which meant that the final outcome was delayed for nearly two weeks. However in the end the Club put in a very good performance to finish in 2nd place on the day just 36 points behind the winners Bury. In 3rd place came Bolton; 4th was Team North Cumbria; 5th Menai T &F; 6th Macclesfield; 7th East Cheshire.
The day saw the Team produce 23 new personal bests, 24 event wins, twelve 2nd places and eight 3rd places which is not a bad way to start the season. Team Managers Mick Angland for the Girls and Danny Teare for the Boys were very pleased with all of the athletes and how they performed on the day. Great effort and Team spirit.
U15 Leon Thomas set three new PB’s on the day winning the ‘A’ 800m in 2.13.4 which was a massive six seconds faster and then knocked off two seconds to set a new 300m PB time of 46.7 (6th) in the ‘A’ with Ethan Barbarewicz running 49.1 (7th) in the ‘B’ which was his first time over the distance.. Harvey Ashworth won the ‘B’ U15 800m in 2.22.3 reducing his previous best by six seconds for a new PB too. U15 Sam Hodkinson was in his first ever T & F meeting for the Club and in a great debut ran 4.44.7 on his 1500m and absolutely stormed his leg of the 4 x 300m to set up a Team win in the Relay whilst Jamie Teare took good points by finishing 2nd in the ‘B’ 1500m (4.58.3).
U15 Girl Bailey Madden kicked off her season with a two second new PB in the ‘A’ 300m in 3rd spot with a time of 44.3 and then helped the U15 Girls home to 3rd spot in the 4 x 300m Relay. Macy Haworth took on the ‘B’ 300m in a time of 49.2 (4th). Hollie Oldham and Alex Taylor were making their track debuts in the U15 800m’s and did really well with Hollie running 2.38.1 (5th) in the ‘A’ Race and Alex also 5th in the ‘B’ Race (2.59.9). Another debut over a new distance came from Eleesha Charnley in the 1500m posting a time of 5.28.3 in ‘A’ Race (4th) before running a great Leg in the 4 x 300m to help the Team into 3rd place.
Kyle Taylor-Pomfret set a new PB by two and half seconds in the ‘A’ 800m (3rd) with a time of 2.37.0 and he was backed up in the ‘B’ Race by bottom of age Saul Sharp making his debut over the distance with a 4th placed 2.43.7. Dexta Thompson ran his second new PB of the week in the U13 Boys 1500m when he came home in 2nd spot in the ‘A’ Race posting a time of 4.50.6 which puts him at number 16 in the National Rankings. Yet another debutant in Track and Field – David Holman – won the ‘B’ 800m in 5.06.5 and it was pleasing to see all these young athletes with not a lot of experience in Track Racing to rise to the challenge and perform so well.
More new PB’s were set and the latest in the day came from the ever improving Leah Hoole in the U13 ‘A’ 800m when she chopped nearly seven seconds off her previous best to set a new PB of 2.34.4 proving once again the benefit of a good cross country season in the winter for middle distance athletes which helps to set young athletes up for the Track season. The same can be said for Kate Cookson who made her debut in the ‘B’ 800m coming home in 2nd place with a time of 2.43.4. Really good runs from the U13 Girls in the 1200m earned the Team more valuable points with Hollie Cubbon taking 2nd spot in the ‘A’ (4.21.0) and Eleanor Allsop winning the ‘B’ in a time of 4.45.8 and yet another young athlete making her debut over this new distance. U13 Isaac Butler also posted a good time in the non-scoring 800m of 2.41.6.
Good performances continued in the Hurdles – in the 80m Hurdles it was a new PB for U15 Harry Jackson 4th (15.6) with good backing from Jamie Teare 2nd in the ‘B’ (16.2). Myah Booth and Christie Sturgess were in excellent form, both winning the U15 75 Hurdles with Myah taking the ‘A’ Race (12.5) and Christie with a new PB the ‘B’ (13.6). Rory Teare added another win for the Hurdlers when he took the U13 Boys 75m H in another new PB time of 13.50 and Codie Dewhurst supported him in the ‘B’ in his debut on the Track placing 5th (18.90). Emma Love (3rd) took half a second off her time for a new PB of 13.40 in the U13 Girls 70m Hurdles and debutant Paige Shannon took a 2nd place in the ‘B’ with 13.90.
In the Sprints there were a number of young athletes who were competing in their first ever season for the Club. Tyler Evans who has joined the Club from Trawden just for Track & Field ran his first ever competitive Race in the U15 ‘A’ 100m posting a time of 14.6 (7th). Kyle Mashiter had a great run in the ‘B’ Race winning it in 12.8. Sam Hodkinson took 3rd place in the ‘A’ 200m (26.0) in his first competitive track fixture and his first trip over this distance followed by a 4th placed 28.8, an improvement of half a second by Leon Thomas in the ‘B’. U15 Queen Tanimowo was competing for the first time in an outdoor T & F meeting for the Club and kicked off in style with a 2nd place 13.4 in the 100m backed up really well by Abigail Armas in the ‘B’ who also took a 2nd spot (14.3). Caiden Hesketh ran her first ever 200m for the Club to place 4th in the ‘A’ (29.0) with Christie Sturgess taking the win in the ‘B’ in a time of 29.2 which matched her current PB.
Tom Booth and Rory Teare flew the flag for the Team in the U13 Boys 100m with Tom 5th in the ‘A’ (15.0) which was a new PB by four tenths and Rory also placed 4th in the ‘B’ (15.3) which was a new PB for him too by two tenths. Tom then took on the ‘A’ 200m which he has never done before, running 32.4 (6th). Holly Bell and Caroline Woodworth ran the 75m in the U13 Girls which saw Holly set a new PB of 11.8 (5th) and Caroline 12.7 in the ‘B’ – a distance that Caroline wouldn’t normally do, but she did it for the Team. Holly was out again in the 150m finishing 4th in the ‘B’ (23.6) and Kate Cookson came 6th in the ‘A’ (22.9), also in a distance that she hasn’t run before.
In the Jumps part of the day U15 Boys Ethan Barbarewicz and Luke Ingleson competed in the Long Jump with Ethan clearing 3.62m and Luke 3.59m in his first ever effort in this event. Jamie Teare won the U15 Boys High Jump with a new PB of 1.54m and was a whisker away from cleraring 1.57m. It was Amy Wiggans and Eleesha Charnley in the Long Jump for the U15 Girls with Amy clearing 3.98m in the ‘A’ (5th) and Eleesha jumping 3.90m in the ‘B’ for 2nd spot. Queen Tanimowo and Liberty Thompson were the Clubs athletes in the U15 Girls High Jump – Queen clearing 1.38m for 3rd place in the ‘A’ and Liberty equaling her PB when winning the ‘B’ (1.30m). One of the performances of the day in the Jumps had to go to Macy Haworth who cleared four successive attempts in the U15 Girls Pole Vault, clearing 1.90m and being so, so close to getting over 2.00m and in so doing took maximum points. Isaac Butler, another young athlete making his debut, added 25cms to his personal best in the Long Jump to set a new mark of 3.48m; And there was a double win in the U13 Boys High Jump – Rory Teare winning the ‘A’ and equaling his PB of 1.35 – and – Kyle Taylor-Pomfret winning the ‘B’ with a new PB by 8cms of 1.28m. Emma Love and Nicole Saunders took two second places in the U13 Girls High Jump – Emma with 1.29m in the ‘A’ and Nicole 1.10m in the ‘B’. Emma then won the ‘B’ Long Jump (3.71m) and Paige Shannon placed 3rd in the ‘A’ with 3.89m.
Good efforts in the U15 Boys Shot with Sam Hodkinson and Ethan Barbarewicz who aren’t accustomed to the events – Sam throwing 4.64m and Ethan 4.12 – great support for the team earning valuable points. Kieran Carroll threw 18.68m in the U15 Boys Discus ‘A’ which was a massive new PB by some seven metres – and again competing for points for the Team – Luke Ingleson had a go in the ‘B’ (4th) with 11.01m as did Kieran in the Hammer (4th) throwing 9.23m. Another highlight performance of the day was an English Schools qualifying distance in the U15 Boys Javelin for Cameron Harris who won the ‘A with a new PB throw of 42.63 with Kieran Carroll making it a double win for the Harriers taking the ‘B’ (25.73m). Myah Booth added another win to her very good day in the U15 Shot Putt ‘A’ (9.13m) with Liberty Thompson supporting her in the ‘B’ – 3rd with 5.74m. Yet another double win in the Throws in the U15 Girls Javelin with Millie Coy taking the ‘A’ (26.58m) for a new PB and Myah Booth winning the ‘B’ (22.09m). In the U13 Boys Theo Sturgess came 6th in the ‘A’ Shot Putt (4.68m) with Saul Sharp also 6th in the ‘B’ (3.63m). Kyle Taylor-Pomfret added to his very good day too when he won the U13 Boys Javelin with a throw of 22.17m. Nicky Saunders won the U13 Girls ‘A’ Shot Putt (6.88m) with Danielle Probert coming 3rd in the ‘B’ (4.49m). Nicky took a 2nd place in the Javelin with a throw of 19.33m whilst Danielle set a new PB in the ‘B’, winning it with a throw of 16.94m.
Astley Park Races
First up of this years Astley Park Wednesday Night Race Series for both Seniors and Juniors took place on May 3rd which saw one hundred and forty runners in the Senior Race with nearly the same amount 140 – in the Junior Race.
In the Junior Race the Harriers had eighteen youngsters out with some very good performances not least of which was having three in the first six and producing very fine times. Matt Ramsden came home 2nd overall, just one second behind the winner, in a time of 4.52 and he was followed by Leon Thomas in 3rd (4.55) and Dexta Thompson in 6th in a time of 5.14. Amy Davies was 15th overall and 3rd Girl on the night with 5.30 followed by Ethan Barbarewicz in 23rd (5.44), Kyle Taylor-Pomfret (25th) in 5.46, Hollie Cubbon (29th) with a time of 5.49, Saul Sharp in 34th (5.54) and Hannah Cookson 36th in 5.56.
Oliver Gill who runs everywhere with a smile on his face came home in 50th spot (6.12) followed by George Ramsden (66th) in 6.31, Kate Cookson in 71st (6.36), Liberty Thompson 73rd (6.38), Hannah Davies (84th) with a time of 7.16, Felix Thompson (86th) in 7.24, sister Kady Thompson in 106th (7.56) and Lulu Sharp 128th in a time of 8.28 – Felix and Lulu in the 8yrs category.
John Horrocks and David Morris were the Club’s only runners in the Senior race with John running realy well to place 6th in a good time of 26.20 and David Morris (138th) in a time of 43.42.
Kendal 10k – May 3rd
One hundred runners set off in this hilly 10k Race won eventually by Quentin Gratrix in a time of 35.27. Among them was Blackburn Harrier Victoria Mousley who has only just run a PB in the 10k and broken 40 minutes for the second time.
Victoria had a great run finishing in 17th place overall, 1st Female Vet and in a massive new PB time of 38.55. Delighted as you can imagine, Victoria Mousley told the club after the Race“My friend jo suggested the race as a nice undulating course….the marshal at the start laughed when I said “It’s undulating isn’t it?” “Very hilly” she replied. Any ideas of sub 40 vanished into the sky. I saw lizzie Adams and Heidi Dent at the start so knew that they would be very fast. My plan was to try and keep Heidi in my sights. The race started very suddenly. A fast pace from the off, then climbing started up the road to Sedgwick. I felt good for 2 k then it started to hurt. I dug in, gritted my teeth on the ups and swore when I turned the corner and saw one of the hills we had to run up. However two miles up means two miles down and I tried to run as hard as I could back to Kendal. I didn’t look at my watch just kept plodding on. I was delighted to finish in 38.55. A huge pb of 49 seconds”