U20 & U17 Youth Development League, 27th April

Cheltenham Harriers under 20 and under 17 teams finished fifth in their first match of Midland Premier 2 Division in the Youth Development League held in cold and blustery conditions at Stoke.

In the U20 women’s match Mollie Courtney continued her fine start to season as she stormed to a new personal best of 14.4 seconds as she won the U20 100 metres hurdles. For good measure she then took second place in the long jump in another personal best of 5.06 metres, and won the high jump. In the sprint events both Louise Ward and Bethan Skuse scored well in their first main match of the season. Mia O’Connell made a good start to the season with a 2m 17.1s time for second place in the 800 metres, and similarly Rachel See with second in the 3000 metres. Isobel Haig enjoyed her first match for the Harriers as she took second place and personal bests in the shot, javelin, discus and hammer.

In the U17 events there were more wins and personal best performances. Sophie Yorke won the 100 metres, with Steph Beardsmore making it a double by winning the B string. The sprint quartet finished the afternoon in grand style as they romped to victory in the 4 × 100 metre relay, beating the second placed club by over two seconds. At middle distance Jess White scored well in the 1500 and 800 metres, in the latter she recorded a fine personal best of 2m 30s. At 3000 metres Ellie Hathaway battled well for second in the A string race. In the hurdle races Sophie Yorke with third in the 80 metre event, and Ruth Brookes in the 300 metres both achieved new personal bests. In the throws Mel Bird covered three disciplines, with a fine win in the discus being the highlight. She also set a personal best in the shot putt.

For the men the highlight of the day was in the U20 3000 metres where Dmitry Nazarenko and Matt Crew dominated the race with excellent front running tactics. The result was a win in both the A and B string races respectively. They then followed up with a similar performance in the 1500 metres, taking second A string and first B string. Also in the U20 section Harry Mahoney scored valuable points as he placed well in the 200, 400 and 800 metres races.

In the U17 sprint events Ben Clarke took third in the 100 metres, and then ran a personal best of 22.9 seconds in the 200 metres for second place. He was well supported by the young duo of Liam Masters and Tyler Tait in the B string races, with both recording personal best times on the day. Jack Roberts ran well to secure second place in the U17 400 metres, again in a personal best of 54.0 seconds. Elsewhere Scott Leyland, Michael Horrocks and Ben Williams gained many points across the U17 middle distance races, where Jacob Pickering also ran a personal beast to take second place in the U17 3000 metres. The main achievement in the field events was an excellent win in the U17 long jump, where Imran Qureshi sailed to 6.12 metres on his first jump.