YDL (Upper Ages) Match 3
When we talk about windy weather in Manchester, we mean the daffodils are going to take a bit of a battering. When they talk about a bonny breeze in Edinburgh, small children in baggy clothing should be roped to someone like a shot putter…and it was bad weather for our trip north of the border for the 3rd match of the Youth Development League (Upper)
We had a much depleted team only a few days before the English Schools Championships in Birmingham the following Friday - for many of our most talented athletes, the risk of injury so close to the fourth biggest athletics competition in the world understandably trumps other considerations.
A very special thank you to those stalwarts who gave their all for the club and managed a highly creditable third place behind Edinburgh and Glasgow who fielded full strength teams.
In dreadful conditions there were few PBs, but some defied the odds: Bukky Ojo won the U17W triple jump with 9.93m and Amber Towns clocked 11:21.37 for the 3000m which must have seemed like 4000m! Well done to Hannah Christy who improved her lifetime best in the 1500m by 2 seconds and stepped in for the first time to do the 400m hurdles. All-rounder Marnie Wells-Nicholls won the U20W 100m hurdles with a season's best of 15.54.
Amongst other overall winners we had three U17W: Flora Whyte 1500m (5:15.24); Aimee Pratt 800m (2:20.65); Alyssia Carr 300mH (47.12). From the U20W springy brigade, Emily Cummings won the high jump (1.65m) and Sarah McKeever vaulted to 3.35m. Matt Holmes (U20) completed the 2000mSC in 6:22.62, amazingly within 10 seconds of his PB in those conditions. No wonder he is way up in the UK top 20.
The U17M proved swift and strong respectively as Felix Tighe won the 400m in 51.97 and Joshua Booth sent the discus an unbeatable 39.06m.
Two SHM relay teams won: Courtney Leonard, Charlotte Worthington, Tayla Saville and Alyssia Carr were the U17W 4x100m stars and in the same age group, same distance, Matthew Ogden, Harry Lord, Felix Tighe and **** defied all comers.
(Written thanks to Anthony Barbet. Photos courtesy of Carl Worthington )
Posted 04/07/2013 10:02