Young Harriers set new club records

Harrogate Harrier Olivia Firth. (S)
Harrogate Harrier Olivia Firth. (S)

HARROGATE Harriers Juniors capped a great season for their 2011 Young Athletes League (Division 1 North East) by hosting and winning their final match against competitors from New Marske and Morpeth.

There were many notable individual performances, including some new club records. The club issued Team Spirit awards to recognise the contributions of Lucy Ireland, Eden Brown, Olivia Firth, Joe Whittington, Angus Gray and James Ward.

Sydney King continued her excellent form in the U-13s girls events, to set a new club record in the 70m hurdles (Grade 1) and 150m (Grade 2) along with a Grade 2 performance in the 75m.

She was backed up with good performances from Eden Brown who achieved new PB’s in the 70m hurdles and the 150m. Olivia Firth also produced PB performances in the 75m and long jump, with Samantha Baker-Jones doing likewise to win the 800m. Isobel Cox, Helen Bowes and Millie Gray all added valuable team points in their track and field events.

Ellen Brown was the club’s female athlete of the match. In the U-15s girls events, Ellen broke her club record in the Discus (Grade 2), achieved a Grade 3 performance in the shot and set a new PB in the javelin. She was backed up by Lauryn Brogatzki who also gained valuable points in the shot and discus events.

Molly Webster achieved Grade 4 performances to win the 75m hurdles, 200m (PB) and high jump. Claire Jones ran a new PB in the 100m, as did Lottie Ireland in the 800m race. Lucy Ireland achieved a PB in the 75m hurdles, and fought valiantly for second place in the 1500m, to beating her PB by 13 seconds.

Hannah Kempson, Emma Wade and Rhiannon Lyons all added to the points tally with good performances, along with Juliet Ireland and Molly Evans who both achieved a new PB in the Long Jump.

In the U-17s girls events, Louise McLeman beat her 3000m PB by 16 seconds, whilst Ruth Jones added more points with PB performances in her 200m and 800m races.

Ella Brooks-Sykes won the javelin event and also recorded a PB in her 200m race.

Lewis Ikpeme continued his strong form in the U-13s boys events, with PB performances in the 200m and 800m races. Louis Hargreaves set a new club record for the 75m hurdles (Grade 2), along with PB’s for the 100m and long jump (Grade 2) improving his previous best by some 60cm.

Jake Lunn managed a new PB in the high jump and ran well in the 1500m. Angus Gray added further points with strong performances in each of the 200m, 800m and long jump events. James Ward beat his 1500m PB by some six seconds and made good contributions in the shot and 100m.

In the U-15s boys events, Joe Whittington won the 80m hurdles and beat his javelin PB by almost five metres to win, whilst Dominic Findlay set PBs in the 80m hurdles and long jump.

Liam Gotting beat his 800m PB by 10 seconds and also put in good performances to win the Discus and long jump (Grade 3). Luke Gair set Grade 4 performances to win the 100m, 200m and high jump (PB).

James Marshall ran the 400m and 800m events in new PB times. Harry Croft added 60cm to his PB in winning the shot and competed well in the javelin. Nat Welsby improved his 3000m PB and contributed further points in other U-17s events, for which he was the club’s male athlete of the match.

The Harriers are indebted to a number of parent volunteers who supported their children and also helped with hosting the successful event in York.