Mollie Courtney made an impressive start to her outdoor season with a Cheltenham Harriers under 17 girls 80m hurdles club record at the Yate Sprints and Hurdles Open Meeting. Whilst the 2.8 metres per second wind makes her 11.55 second clocking ineligible for ranking purposes, it still surpasses the 40 year old Harriers record of 11.7 set by Jane Horder in 1973. Courtney also added a second victory as she set a wind assisted 200m personal best of 26.93. English Schools champion Chris Bell-Hartley also claimed a win in his first race over 100m hurdles in the under 17 age group with 13.76 seconds. With a legal wind of 2.0 metres per second Bell-Hartley places second on the early season UK rankings for his age group.
In the under 15 age group Nathaniel Hatherley had a successful afternoon as he set a legal 200m personal bests of 26.12 as well as wind assisted pbs of 12.57 in the 100m and 12.94 in the 80m hurdles. Sam Griffiths was the fastest woman in the 60m with a wind assisted pb of 7.87 whilst under 17 athlete Ben Clarke posted a wind assisted 100m pb of 11.48. The wind was certainly no help in the 400m where Clarke set a pb of 53.97 and under 20 athlete Harriet Sawle record a new best time of 63.88 in a rare outing over the distance.
For further Harriers performances see the full results.