Midland League Report, 7 June

The rain threatened but that didn’t deter any of the athletes that turned up at Yate to compete for Cheltenham Harriers in the Midland League fixture at Yate. We came second only 3 points behind the joint team of Bristol and Yate. Considering we lost a few athletes to the Gloucestershire Schools Championships being held the same day this result showed that team spirit was in abundance and everyone pulled together and we had a lovely day.

There were lots of personal best performances throughout the day and lots of wins. Julia Cooke won both the 800 metres and 400 metres with a pb of 58.1 secs. Bethan Skuse won the ladies 400 B race and Andy Smitherman the men’s 400m A race. Adam Peachey ran 22.0 in the 200, Andy Smitherman won the B race in 22.1 and Tom Clarke who ran a non-scoring 200 ran 22.9. Sam Griffiths ran 12.5 in the 100 and 26.0 in the 200. Making their debut in the Midland league Hugo Lopes-Coutinho won both the 400 B and the 800 A races, Mark Fallows won the 3000 B race and Graham Rush won the 3000m and was second over 1500. Rhys Park came 2nd in both the 800 and 1500 b races. Jo Wilkie and Rachel See doubled up to score well up in both 1500 and 3000. Mel Bird competed in the Shot Putt, Discus and Hammer, whilst Mum Ruth was busy with Jess Collins all day each competing in 7 events a piece. Anna Martin also scored well in the field. The ladies won both the 4 ×100 relay with Louise Ward, Julia Cooke, Bethan Skuse and Sam Griffiths. Jamie Courtenay worked hard for the men’s team to score big points from his seven events which included pole vault and long jump victories. He also was successful in the throws where he was backed up by his father Adrian.

Harriers ladies team manager Jane Horder competed in the W55 80 hurdles and 300 hurdle at the Midland Masters Championship winning both of them easily with 2 championship best performances of 13.0 for the sprint hurdles which equalled her best time overall last year and 50.0 for the long hurdles.