Midland Senior League - 15/8/2021

29 August 2021

The final Senior League of the season took place on the 15th of August in Yate. While this season there would be no promotion or relegation club pride was still up for stake. 

Sam Griffiths has truly led the team by example this season and the sprinter impressed once again making it three 100m/200m doubles in the three league events and finished the triple with her fastest times of the three. In the 100m Griffiths ran 12.15seconds to finish 0.45s clear of 2nd place and in the 200m Griffiths ran a SB of 25.25s to get within 0.11 of her PB set back in 2019 and run her quickest ever time on an outdoor track. Griffiths was joined in the 200m by U17W Olivia Blackwell who ran a brilliant debut to come 3rd in the B race in 28.45s. Also completing 100m/200m doubles was Oliver Spencer and Harry Boswell. Spencer competed in the A string coming 4th in the 100m in 11.65s and 3rd in the 200m in beating his PB by 0.03 seconds crossing the line in a brilliant 23.28s. Boswell competed in the B races running a big 100m PB of 11.78s for 3rd and a 200m SB of 24.03s for 2nd. U17M Alastair Klemz competed as a guest and the decision paid dividends with a win in the guest 100m in a PB of 11.44s and 2nd in the guest 200m with a PB of 23.39s.

The 400m provided M50 Michael Gardiner a chance to complete his preparations for the following week's British Masters Championships. Gardiner ran a SB of 56.07s for 4th in the A race. In the B race U20M William Exell ran a PB of 57.96s for 3rd. The women’s 400m saw Rebecca Hoadley take half a second off her PB to win the A race by 0.81s in 58.70s. Jorja Webb made it a double Harrier victory taking the B race win in 63.75s, almost 3seconds clear of 2nd place. 

In the 400m hurdles Abi Williams ran a huge PB, taking 0.72s off her PB. Williams ran superbly to finish in 65.64s for 1st, crossing the line almost 6seconds ahead of 2nd place. 

Moving up to the distance events, Harrison Miles competed in the 800m and 1500m where he ran well in both events to finish in 2:16.6 for 4th in the 800m and 4:47.44 for 4th in the 1500m. U17M Charlie Boulton also competed in the 800m where he ran just outside his best to finish in 2:19.10 and 4th in the B race. Chris Wagstaff ran a brilliant 3second PB in the 3000m of 9:26.38 for 4th. Team Manager Andrew Kaighin was 4th in the B race in 11:35.04.

It was brilliant to see three Harrier relay teams take to the track, with both the men's and women's 4x100m teams finishing 3rd in 46.89s and 54.38s respectively. The men’s 4x400m team was 4th in 3:48.73.

Over in the field our throwers were out in force as usual. Ben Wade threw a PB in the shot put of 9.83m for 3rd in the A event and then took the win in the A discus with a best of 38.43m. M45 Mike Curneen also competed in the shot and discus where he threw a shot put SB of 8.90m for 3rd in the B competition and 14.82m, another SB, for 4th in the B discus. Curneen then made it three SB with 16.39m for 4th in the A hammer. Annabel Moloney was a clear winner in the women’s shot put, throwing 11.73m, 0.81m more than anyone else. Moloney also threw a SB of 26.49m for 3rd in the A discus and completed her day with 4th in the A hammer with a best of 28.67m. U20W Lily Carpenter took the win in the B shot put with 9.53m and, competing as guests, Ruth Bird threw 8.15m and Cicely Moore threw a PB of 8.07m. Bird also competed in the B discus and hammer throwing 20.43m for 2nd place in the discus and winning the hammer with a throw of 28.01. Linsey Hutchins competed as a guest in the discus and hammer events throwing 16.73 and 18.43 respectively. Hutchins also took 4th in the B long jump with a jump of 1.75m. The A long jump saw Rosie Woods jump well to come 4th with 3.72m. Alfie Wood took 1st place in the men’s A long jump with 6.71m and in the B event Tom Samuel added 0.29m to his PB to win with a best of 6.64m. In the triple jump William Andrews-Flint jumped 10.54m for 1st in the B competition. The pole vault saw Bexley Turbard clear a PB of 3.4m to win the A event and Sulaiman Ouiles clear a best of 2.9m to take the B victory.