The sun shone on Ellesmere Port as the first fixture of the YDL Lower Age Group took place on Saturday May 3rd. The fixture, won impressively by Crewe & Nantwich AC saw Blackburn Harriers finishing in sixth position, 40 points off the pace. But that doesn’t tell the whole story as there were some very impressive performances by our athletes including twenty four PB’s, eight individual wins, 11 second places and 12 third places. We also had a number of debutants who were experiencing Track & Field for the first time – So a big thank you and well done to Hanzala Hussain; Nicholas Massey; Jaqui Howard; Amy Davies; Jimmy Walpole; Jamie Teare; Daniel Brown; Emily Warren and Luis Jake Billington who all made great contributions to the Team on the day.
Full Results HERE
Before the fixture started, Cameron Massey was appointed Team captain for the Boys and Liz Ashcroft for the Girls and both led by example on the day.
There were some real stand out performances with two athletes achieving the English Schools Standard.
U15 Boys Team Captain Cameron Massey had a cracking day winning the 80M Hurdles with a Grade One time of 11.9 and going inside the English Schools standard of 12.0sec. He then took two tenths of a second of his 200m PB (25.5sec) to finish second and then capped it off with over half a metre improvement in his Long Jump to win the event with 5.40m. Jacob Roberts in winning the U15 Boys Hammer, improved his PB by over seven and half metres to set a new PB of 38.93m and gain the the English Schools standard of 38m. He went on to add another two metres to his Discus PB with a throw of 22.56m to finish 3rd.
In the U13’s Emily Raine set PB’s in the 75m (11.0sec) and (3.48m) in the Long Jump; Emily Laycock reduced her PB in the 75m by three tenths of a second to 12.7sec and Ben Cecil set PB’s in the 100m (14.1sec) and the 200m (28.4sec). Anjalie Singh knocked 16secs off her 800m time to post 3.10.4 and cut over two seconds off her 70mH time to set a new PB of 13.6sec. Charlotte Williams who is in really good form set three new PB’s – with 12.9 for the 70mH, 1.30m in the High Jump and 7.80m in the Shot Putt. Solomon Brown really impressed in his 75mH in winning the event and cutting a whopping 1.6 seconds off his previous best to set a new PB of 14.6sec. Emily Warren came out with a real zing in first ever 800m and took control of the race from between 500 – 600m to win in an excellent debut time of 2.35.0. There were PB’s for Emily Laycock (12.7) in the 75mH and for Ben Cecil in the 100m (14.1) and 200m (28.4). Eloise Littlefair took second place points in the Discus with 21.8m; won the Shot Putt with 8.26m. Sam Farnworth had an excellent day too. The week before he had run the 100m at Wigan in the Mid Lancs League for a time of 15.9 secs and then chopped a huge 1.6 sec off it here to set a new PB of 14.3sec.
U15 Hannah Cookson and looking strong set three PB’s on the day, cutting a huge five seconds off her 800m time to set a new PB of 2.32.8, took three seconds of her 200m PB which is now 28.0 and reduced her 100m time from 14.4 to 14.1 sec. Libby Angland, making a welcome return after being plagued by injuries for so long, duly celebrated by cutting half a second off her 100m time (14.6sec) and improving her High Jump to 1.25m. Esme Pearse creamed nearly five seconds off her 75mH time to set a new PB of 13.5sec. Rhys Charnley cropped 14 seconds of his 1500m time with a new PB of 5.31.2. Baylie Thompson threw 10.67m in the Discus and 13.93m in the Javelin.