Cheltenham Harriers under 20 and under 17 team finished fifth in their Midland Premier 2 Division fixture of the Youth Development League held at Milton Keynes, but still retain their overall fourth position. The under 17 women’s sprints were well covered by Louise Ward, Bethan Skuse and Stephanie Beardsmore, who won the 100m. Another highlight on the track came in the U20 400m hurdles where Megan Bishop won in a personal best of 67.9s. Ruth Brookes ran a fine race to finish second in the U17 300m hurdles, also in a personal best time whilst Rachel See took valuable points across the 400m, 1500m and 3000m. In the U20 throwing events Isobel Haig had an excellent match as she took second in the discus plus third in the javelin, shot and hammer. Haig actually recorded new personal best performances in three of her four events. She was well supported by Louise Ward, Bethan Skuse and Megan Bishop. In the U17 throwing Mel Bird won the discus and took second in the B string shot putt and hammer.
The highlight for the men came again from Imran Qureshi who had an excellent day as he won the U17 100m hurdles in 13.6s and followed up by leaping over six metres to win the long jump. In the sprints Ben Roberts took second in the U17 100 metres, whilst Liam Masters supported well with second in the B string 100m and 200m. Youngsters Tyler Tait and Simon Fraser stepped in to cover the U20 sprints, with Tait achieving a 100m personal best, and Fraser doing likewise at 200m. In the U17 400m Jack Roberts and Scott Leyland combined well to take third place in their respective A and B string races. In the middle distance races Jacob Pickering took third and a personal best in the U17 steeplechase, whilst in the U17 3000m Ben Williams broke the 10 minute barrier for thefirst time. Michael Horrocks again ran well to lower his personal best as he finished third in the U17 800m B string. Dimitry Nazarenko recorded a new personal best of 2m 5.2s in the U20 800m, followed by third place in the 3000m.
The field events saw several excellent performances, with some fine personal best distances. Adam Wheeler was second in both the U20 long jump and triple jump, recording new personal bests in each event. Ian Moore made a welcome return from injury to win the U20 B string long jump and take second in the B string high jump. Another win came in the U17 pole vault where Nathaniel Hatherley soared to a new personal best of 3.25m as he won the event. Will Sage set a new best in the U20 high jump, which he won with a height of 1.86m. He then went on to score well in the javelin and discus. In the U17 throws Beck Philips increased his personal best in the discus to 35.77m as he took second place, before covering the javelin and shot putt disciplines. In one of the final events of the day the U17 4×100m relay team of Liam Masters, Tyler Tait, Imran Qureshi and Ben Clarke produced some excellent baton changing as they stormed to victory.