LYDL 3/7/22

07 July 2022

After taking commanding victories in the first two Lower Age Group YDLs of the season the U13 and U15 team headed to Swindon full of confidence and with high expectations upon them. There were issues with the timetable being moved around and athletes had to adapt and be ready to compete at any moment, but despite this the team still came out on top with many achieving PBs.


Performance of the day had to go to U13 girl Evie Avery who knocked almost 2 seconds off the Club U13 800m Record, making her the first U13 girl to run below 2:30. Her performance saw her finish 2nd in the A race in 2:28.5 and moved her into the top 40 in the UK rankings. Doing her bit for the club she then competed in the shot put, finishing 5th in the A with 5.75, and javelin where she was 3rd in the B with 12.31. Eleanor Thomson competed in the B 800m winning in 2:43.2. Olivia Avery ran well in the 1200m coming in 2nd A in 4:12.1, Scarlett Eagland ran a PB of 4:13.8 to finish 2nd B. Eagland was 3rd in the B shot put with 4.83. In the 75m Amber Tandy took a fantastic victory in the A race in 10.7, while in the B race Lottie Cook was 3rd in 11.4. Zara Collins equalled the time in the non-scoring race lowering her PB by a second. Tandy also came =1st in the B high jump with a best of 1.20. Collins made it a double PB day with a time of 22.1 in the 150m for 5th A. Kitty Buckland took 2nd in the B 150m in a PB of 22.2 and then won the B 70m hurdles in another PB of 13.2. The A 70m hurdles was won by Megan Amey in a superb PB of 12.6. Amey added 4cm to her long jump PB with a leap of 4.21 and cleared a best of 1.33 in the high jump for 2nd A in both. Lexie Wigget was 1st in the B long jump with 3.92 and 4th in the A javelin with a PB of 17.95.


In the U13 boys events Harriers had 5 A string victories. Patrick Paul's performance in the 1200m saw him time the race to perfection winning by just 0.1 of a second. His winning time of 3:40.3 was a PB and ranks him 5th in the UK rankings. Teddy Spurr took the win in the B race in a PB of 3:49.5, which means he also places within the top 30 in the UK. Jack Johnson won the A 800m in a PB of 2:23.0, he also finished 1st in the B 150m in 20.4 and 1st in the B long jump with a PB of 4.33. Having already impressed this season it was no surprise to see Caleb Green winning once again. Green took 1st in the A 75m in 10.7, 1st in the A long jump in 4.64 and 1st in the B 800m, equalling the time of Johnson and lowering his PB by over 6 seconds. Samuel Jeenes was the final A string winner, he threw a javelin PB of 24.91 to win by over 8metres. Jeenes had a busy day also competing in the 150m running 22.2 for 4th A and high jump where he cleared 1.30 for equal 3rd in the A. Aidan John took part in the B 75m winning in 10.7 and A 75m hurdles where he placed 2nd in a PB of 13.0. Bertie Travis was 2nd in the B 75m hurdles in 15.8 and jumped 1.30 in the high jump and threw 14.45 in the javelin to win the B in both events and pick up valuable points for the team. Arthur Roberts ran a PB of 11.4 in the non-scoring 75m, and Oliver Wilson ran 2:33.8 in the non-scoring 800m, both athletes then competed in the shot put. Roberts threw 6.58 for 5th A and Wilson threw 4.82 for 3rd B. 


Moving up in age group to the U15 girls it was brilliant to see such a large number of athletes make the trip. Maddie Thomson took advantage of a highly competitive 1500m, running a strong race Thomson knocked 3 seconds off her PB to finish in 4:50.4 and 2nd A. Harriet Smith had a good race running 5:17.7 for 2nd B. The 800m was also very competitive and Bluebell Heath-Smith ran well, lowering her PB down to 2:25.8 and finishing 2nd in the A race. Amelie Paul was 3rd in the B race in 2:40.4. In the 100m Izzy Cook was 5th A in 14.1 and Charlotte Smith was 6th B in 15.8. Holly McMahon impressed in the non-scoring 100m running a PB of 13.9. Cook also competed in the 200m where she ran 29.1 for 4th A. Senni Ho ran the same time in the B 200m, a PB by 0.3, and finished 3rd B. Smith and McMahon had a busy day, Smith also competed in the B long jump finishing 3rd with a best of 4.17 and the A shot put where she threw 6.98 for 4th and McMahon competed in the 75m hurdles running 14.7 for 4th A and jumped a long jump PB of 4.40 for 3rd A. Georgia Howell and Rosie Reynolds competed over 300m running 43.3 for 2nd A and 47.3 for 4th B respectively. In the B 75m hurdles Charlotte Buckley impressed with a PB of 15.0 for 4th, Buckley also competed in the A discus throwing 14.32 for 4th. Skyla Turbard took part in the A Hammer and Javelin throwing 26.56 and 14.97 for 2nd and 5th respectively. Meanwhile Zoe Arrenberg took part in the B events, throwing a hammer Pb of 23.38 for 1st and a javelin Pb of 12.38 for 2nd. Esme Rolfe threw 6.76 for 3rd in the B shot put. 


The U15 boys enjoyed a successful day with 13 PBs set. In his first competition since 2019 Emeka Nkeme took on the 100m, 200m and 80m hurdles, making his debut in all three events. In the 100m Nkeme ran 14.4 for 5th A, in the 200m he ran 29.1 for 4th A and in the hurdles he finished in 17.0 for 6th A. Daniel Slater was competing for the club for the first time and showed he is a fantastic addition to the team competing across three events. Slater ran 14.2 for 5th B in the 100m, he threw 10.74 in the shot put and 25.03 in the hammer to finish 3rd A in both. Two Harriers competed in the non-scoring 100m, Charlie Phillimore ran a PB of 12.7 and Ben Parker ran 14.5. Phillimore also ran a 300m PB of 47.0 to finish 5th B and Parker competed in the non-scoring 800m running a PB of 3:20.5. The A 300m was won by Oliver Belbeck who continued his superb form with a run of 39.2. Belbeck also took victory in the A high jump with 1.55 and finished =3rd in the pole vault with a best of 2.30. Harry Knight competed in the B 200m and 800m running 30.5 and 2:50.0 for 4th in both. In the A 800m Luke Johnson ran well to finish in 5th in 2:17.0. Johnson also competed in the high jump winning the B event in 1.50 and long jump where he finished 5th in the A with 5.03. James Blanch competed in the non-scoring 800m where he ran a PB of 2:57.8. Blanch also threw a discus PB of 14.39 for 5th A. In the 1500m Sam Wilson knocked 4 seconds off his PB running a brilliant race to finish 2nd A in 4:27.6. Dom Martin ran well to finish 3rd in the B in 4:44.2. James Pound achieved a pole vault Pb of 2.10 for 2nd B and long jump PB of 4.06 for 3rd B. Fred Parry was 1st in the B hammer and javelin with throws of 21.62 and 30.84 respectively and Charlie Mason was a class apart in the javelin taking with 42.71 just 4cm lower than his PB. 


The U13 4x100m relay teams impressed with both the boys and girls winning! The U13 girls ran 56.7 while the boys ran 56.2. The U15 boys 4x100m team finished 6th in 52.5 and the 4x300m team were 3rd in 3:01.3. The U15 girls achieved the same results with the 4x100m team 6th in 62.7 and the 4x300m team 3rd in 3:09.7.