Georgia Wray set a new Cheltenham Harriers under 15 girls club pole vault record as the Harriers under 15 and under 13 team finished fifth in their Midland Premier League Division 2 fixture of the Youth Development League at Loughborough. Wray added thirty centimetres to her personal best to win the event and move up to twenty-fourth in the national rankings for her age group.
In the same age group Beck Phillips won three events for the third consecutive league match with a personal best of 11.80m in the shot, 34.53m in his specialist discus and a 29.34m pb in the hammer. Further throwing success came through Melissa Bird who won the girls events with wins in the shot and discus with distances of 9.75m and 31.91m respectively. Bird also placed second in the hammer with a personal best of 35.48m to move up to 15th in the national rankings. In the javelin Lewis Carter took third with a throw of 30.32m and Jamie Worman won the B long jump competition with 4.58m. On the track Ben Roberts finished second in the 800m A race in 2:25.2 whilst there were third place finishes for Freya Chapman in the 200m A race in 27.3 seconds and Ben Williams in the 1500m with a pb of 4:43.2.
For the under 13 team George Williamson impressed with victory in the 100m in 13.2 seconds, third in the 200m with a 27.9 personal best clocking and third in the long jump with 4.19m. There were middle distance wins for Bethan Samuel in the girls 800m in 2:38.7 and for Oliver Powell in the boys 1500m with a pb of 4:48.0. Powell also showed his versatility by winning the 75m hurdles B race with a 14.7 clocking pb after Rob Worman had placed second in the A race with a 13.1 pb. Worman also finished third in the shot with 6.54m whilst Alex Eaglestone won the B 100m race in 13.4 seconds and finished second in the high jump with a personal best clearance of 1.38m. The highlight for the under 13 team came in their final race of the day when the boys 4×100m relay team of Powell, Eaglestone, Alex Hards and Williamson took victory in 54.9 seconds, just a tenth of a second outside the club record that dates back to 1983.
After finishing fifth in the match the Harriers lie third in the overall standings, two points behind Solihull who occupy the second promotion place.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.