This years Mid Lancs T&F League finally got under way on Saturday July 3rd at Lancaster so a big thank you to lancaster & Morecambe AC for agreeing to host and to the Mid Lancs Officials for putting on the fixture with literally a weeks notice. Clubs rallied round and got a number of their athletes out on the day. With restrictions in mind, admirably, we were asked where we could, to give places to youngsters who wouldn’t normally get a chance of competing or new members of our Clubs who were looking to compete for the first time.
In no particular order…………………
Harrison Allcock took 2nd spot in the U15 Boys 100m Heat 2 with a new PB of 13.0 with Jacob Fisher running a new PB in Heat 1 of 12.9 in 3rd place. Harrison then made it two new PB’s as he leapt out to 4.50m in the Long Jump (5th). They were followed by Daniel Nuttall also clocking a new PB as he placed 3rd in the U15 Boys 200m (25.8) with Ben Livesey 5th in the same Race (26.4). making it a hat-trick of new PB’s. Prior to the 200’s, Ben had a shot at the 400m which he hadn’t previously attempted and ran a good time of 58.4 in 2nd place. U15 Daniel Smith took on the 1500m and set himself a new PB by three seconds, running 4.45.3 in 7th spot.
U13 George Camara is really enjoying his first year at the Harriers and is trying just about everything there is, which is a very good starting point for youngsters involving themselves in athletics – don’t get too event specific at a young age. George went in the 100m for his first time over the distance and won convincingly in a time of 13.8. He then went on to the 200m, which he also won in a time of 28.5 followed by an apprerance in the 75 Hurdles which he won again in a time of 13.7 – making it three debuts and three wins. U13 Loucas Lancashire tried 100m for the first time running 16.4 in Heat 2 (6th) and he backed that up with a new PB in the U13 Javelin which he won with a distance of 20.31m, an improvement by a metre and a half. U13 George Holman clocked 33.2 in his Heat of the 200m (4th) and then went on to run a time of 2.50.5 in 3rd place in the 800m. U13 Callum Singleton ran his first 1500m finishing with a solid time of 5.25.1 in 5th spot.
George Camara (1239) and George Holman (1250)
U17 Women – Molly Nicholls and Eva Knowles both set new PB’s in the 800m as they raced one another, Molly edging in 2.38.4 with Eva just behind in a time of 2.39.4 and then both them took on the 300m for the first time, resulting in Molly running 49.0 in 3rd and Eva 50.6 in 4th place. Keira Haxton and Hollie Cubbon both entred the U17 Women’s 1500m with Keira placing 3rd in a new PB time of 5.12.6 and Hollie coming in 4th (5.47.2). Sisters Ellie and Paige Singleton took on the 3000m – the race being mixed with mostly senior men – both of them running it for the first time as Ellie placed 7th in 12.16.0 and Paige 8th in 12.30.7.
Hannah Davies (U13) made her debut over 100m coming 3rd with a time of 15.3. U15 Alisha Lehner set herself a new PB by three tenths in her Heat of the 100m, placing 3rd in 14.4. New member Millee Schofield ran impressively in the U15 Girls 200m Heat 1, setting a new PB by two tenths in taking the win with 27.4 and in the same Heat, Isabella Pacelli ran her first ever track race (U15’s 200m), coming home in a time of 30.5 (5th) and she didn’t stop there, taking on the 300m to clock 50.0 (in her first attempt at the distance which was pretty good effort). Isabella then went and ran the 800m for the first time, placing 7th in a time of 2.43.6. Heat 2 of the U15 Girls 200m saw Isabelle Hartley try the distance for the first time, coming home in 5th (32.1) and then went on to the High Jump, clearing 1.20m in 2nd. Sisters Charlotte and Emma Robertshaw were making their debuts on the track for the Club with U15 Charlotte coming home in 4th place out of a field of 10 in the 800m with a time of 2.38.3 whilst Emma took 4th place in the U13 Girls 1500m, clocking 5.51.8.
U17 Codie Dewhurst cleared 1.40m for a new PB in the High Jump going on to clock 2.13.5 (5th) in the 800m and then was drawn in a 200m mixed race, including senior men and women, smashing his personal best as he clocked 27.1 in 6th place. Team mate Jack Paget-Fowler was also drawn in a mixed U17 and Senior 1500m Race which saw him come home in 4th spot with a time of 4.50.7 and didn’t want to end the day there, taking on the Long Jump for the first time in competition, jumping 3.86m in 4th. U17 Connor McAuley came for just the one race, his first ever race for the Club on the Track, posting a pretty good time of 54.3 in his debut over 400m to win the Race. David Holman battered his 800m personal best, setting a new PB of 2.04.7 in 2nd spot in the in the U17 Men’s 800m.
The U15 Boys High Jump saw Matthew Smith clear 1.60m in 2nd spot before going on to throw 6.82m in the Shot Putt (4th) which was a new PB by 6 cms. Findlay Carroll was in his favourite event – the Javelin – and came 4th with a throw of 17.51. U13B’s George Holman and Loucas Lancashire were in a pool of 10 in the Long jump placing 8th and 10th respectively with distances of 3.20m and 2.94m. U13 Harry Pilkington set himself a new PB in the Shot Putt as he won with 7.74m before going on to throw 19.05m in the Javelin in 3rd position. U15 Kady Thompson came 6th in the Shot Putt with 6.01m, just one cm behind her best and went on to win the Javelin with a new PB of 16.12m – an improvement by 13cms. U13 Tamzin Osborne came 3rd in the High Jump (1.10m) in her first ever attempt. New members Layla Shorrock and Evie Wright who have never competed before, tried their fortunes in the Throws – U13 Shot Putt and Javelin. Layla threw 4.32 in the Shot (2nd) with Evie in 3rd (2.83m) and in the Javelin Evie came 4th with 8.69m and Layla 5th (7.07m).
Final events of the day saw the Hurdles lined up on the track for U13 and U15’s. The U13 Boys 75m Hurdles had just two athletes which saw George Camara take the win in 13.7 from Preston’s Isaac Allen (13.8) in a close race. The U13 Girls 70m Hurdles unfortunately had to be re-run as a line of Hurdles were missing on the first run through – in the re-run race Hannah Davies clocked 13.3 in 3rd spot behind Preston’s Lucie Duckett also 13.3 and the winner from Blackpool, Amelia Hatton (13.0). The U15 Boys Hurdles had three athletes – one from Preston and two Blackburn Harriers – Preston’s Corey Middleton coming out the winner (13.1) with Daniel Smith in 2nd (14.2) and Matthew Smith in 3rd (14.5). Four athletes in the U15 Girls 75m Hurdles and it was the Southport Hurdler, Lauren Byrne who took the first place (12.8), with Blackpool’s Marci Rutter in 2nd (13.6), Alisha Lehner in 3rd (14.9) and Isabelle Hartley in 4th (17.7).