Hugo Douglas-Reeves returned to Blyth last weekend for the next round of their Sports Hall Athletics Series. Last time he went, he wowed onlookers with a tremendous overall performance, breaking numerous records on his way! He was the only Darlington Harrier there on that occasion, but this time he was accompanied by friend and teammate, Daniel I’Anson, who was competing for DHAC for the very first time!
Both boys were competing in the Year 5 group, and put together a string of impressive results. Hugo continued from where he left off last time, and was the overall winner of the Year 5’s. Amazingly he won every event, and was in record breaking form once again! He broke his own standing long jump record from the last event, jumping an impressive 1.94m. He then broke the 64m sprint record, crossing the line in an excellent 12.4s. And finally, it was like having springs in his feet as he set a new vertical high jump record of 45cm! Hugo now finds himself in a great position and could win the overall Year 5 category after the final meeting of the series later this month.
It was great for Hugo to have his friend and teammate, Daniel, with him this time, and considering this was Daniel’s competition debut, he did amazingly well. He came third in the standing long jump, the chest push and the endurance run as well. His little brother James l’Anson in Year 3, a possible Harrier in the making, did really well too!!
What impressed parents about Hugo and Daniel was they had helped a rival club runner finish his race after he’d pulled up in agony with a stitch. The boys cheered him on, helped him up and ran with him to the end of the race. That’s what athletics is all about – true sportsmanship! Well done boys, with attitudes like that you’ll go far!