Juniors Head To Shildon For Run, Jump and Throw Action

There’s been very little competitive athletics held at Shildon’s ‘Stadium 2000’ over the last few years. For those who remember, the first event of the track and field calendar was always The Anne-Marie Readshaw Memorial Open held at Shildon, but the last one was way back in 2016. It was usually a cold and wet affair, so it was nice to see some decent weather last Sunday and to have the stadium buzzing with athletes from around the region once again. Just like old times!

There was an excellent turnout from our junior contingent, including a few Under 11’s making their debut who just couldn’t wait to get on that track! As usual there were impressive performances from all the age groups, so here’s a brief rundown of the day…..

Under 11’s 75m

Following in her big sister’s footsteps and starting the day off in Heat 1 was Hettie Graves, who was one of those running for the first time today and she absolutely loved it! She had an excellent run in the first heat finishing in 2nd place in 14.5s, nice one Lottie! George Togher, Beth Johnson and India Hollis all made their debut last October in DHAC’s Back to Track III, and they were all up against each other in Heat 5 today. An exciting race which saw George take 3rd place in 13.2s, while Beth and India took 5th and 6th with the same time of 13.6s. In the final heat, James I’Anson and Ollie Curran both ran very well against older athletes; James finished 4th in 12.4s with Ollie hot on his heels in 5th, crossing the line in 12.8s. Well done everyone, great sprinting!

Under 13/15/17 100m

The 100m races were all of mixed age group and gender. Chloe Graham was keen to get back on the track again after her excellent performance at the Kieran Maxwell event recently. She ran well again today in what was only her second 100m race, taking 3rd place with a new PB of exactly 17.0s. In the next heat, Jack Johnson, now an U15 athlete, ran his first 100m of the season; a great effort helped him across the line in 4th place in an excellent 16.3s. In Heat 3, Thomas Hill wasn’t far off his PB when he took 3rd place in a time of 14.8s. Plenty of DHAC action in the next heat with four of our juniors competing; Under 13, Hugo Douglas-Reeves was the first of our quartet to cross the line in 3rd place with a Season’s Best of 13.6s. An excellent run and a new PB came from U17 sprinter, Krista Bissett-Brown as she took 4th place in 13.8s. After being persuaded by her coach to enter the 100m, our multi-eventer, Tori Buckley, surprised herself with a fabulous run and a new PB of 14.2s, finishing in 5th place. And finally, just 0.1s behind Tori was Lottie Graves who took 6th place with a Season’s Best of 14.3s. Well done to all our sprinters!

U11 600m

Onto the middle distance races and we had three U11 boys who were running the 600m for the first time; Ollie Curran, James I’Anson and George Togher. Ollie, who’s still in Year 9 ran a great race against the older athletes; he was just 5 seconds behind the winner when he crossed the line in 4th place in a time of 2:09.4. James wasn’t far behind, and in Year 10 he was still one of the youngest, but a great effort brought him home in 7th place in 2:15.6. And finally George, another Year 10 athlete gave it his all as he crossed the line in 2:23.5 to take 11th place. Well done lads, and some excellent times to aim for next time!

Under 13/15/17 Mile

For the older athletes a 1 mile race was the order of the day, with plenty of our juniors in the thick of it. All mixed races as before so you could be up against anyone! In Heat 2 we had the three ‘M’s’ – Mia Wetherill, Macy Kelly and Marissa Boon. Mia is looking like she’s in great form at the moment; this was the first time she’d raced over this distance and she paced herself really well. She crossed the line in an impressive 2nd place (1st female) in a time of 5:32.6. Macy wasn’t far behind after another great run; she finished in 6th place just a few seconds off her PB with a time of 5:45.5. Like many, this was Marissa’s first outing this year so understandably she’s not on top of her game yet. A great run nonetheless, finishing 9th (4th female) in a time of 5:48.8.

In Heat three we had four U13’s and one U17. Our U17 was Emily Vest who’s had a cracking start to the season. She ran a PB in the 1000m recently at the Kieran Maxwell Open, and followed that with another PB here today! She finished in 3rd place with an excellent time of 5:40.2, smashing her previous best by over 19 seconds! For all of our U13’s, this was their debut at the Mile, and they all ran with great courage and determination; they really did do themselves proud! Rowan Steel finished an excellent 5th in 5:58.9 and hot on his heels was Finn Pentland-Rice in 6th who crossed the line 6:21.7. Next in 7th place after a super run was Lucy Oliver in 6:34.2, and finally Jack Glenton took 10th place after a great effort to bring him home in 7:03.9.

In the final Heat we had two more U13’s running the Mile for the first time; Chloe Graham and Annabelle Smith. Both girls had terrific runs, and it was Chloe who was the first of them to cross the finish line in an excellent 6th place in 6:39.6. Annabelle wasn’t far behind in 7th, finishing her first mile race in 7:09.8.

Well done to all our 600m and Mile runners, especially those taking on a new distance for the the first time. Some fantastic performances!

Long Jump

Onto the field events and first up the Long Jump. This was split into four Pools of jumpers, mixed age group/gender again, and we had Junior competitors in every one of them. In Pool ‘A’ it was U15, Tori ‘Buckers’ Buckley who lead the way; a solid performance and a best of 4.22m from Tori was enough to take an impressive 2nd place overall, and 1st female! Just a couple of centimetres behind was Lottie Graves; some excellent jumping today meant a new PB of 4.20m for Lottie, 3rd place overall and the best jump from all the U13’s today! Next up was Krista Bissett-Brown who’s best jump of the day was 4.09; a Season’s Best and enough to take 4th place. Finally, it was great to see young Chloe Graham tackling the Long Jump for the first time. It was an excellent debut with a best jump of 2.89m and 6th place overall.

Onto Pool ‘B’ and the U11’s. Beth Johnson was the only Harrier here and she was making her debut in the Long Jump today….and what a great job she did, with a best of 2.89m putting her in 2nd place!

In Pool ‘C’ we had another three U11’s, all making their Long Jump debut today! First up was Ollie Curran who took to it like a duck to water. Some terrific jumping put him in 1st place with a best of 2.92m! There were just a few centimetres that separated India Hollis and George Togher after their jumps; India was slightly in front with 2.17m in 4th place, with George’s best being 2.14m in 5th.

And lastly in Pool ‘D’ it was Hugo Douglas-Reeves who was on top form. His first long jump of the new season earned him a very satisfying 1st place; not a PB but 3.83m was enough to take the win in this pool. Next up, Thomas Hill who was just 2cm off his PB! Some great jumping from Thomas put him in 3rd place here with a best of 3.55m. I’m sure a new PB is just around the corner! Finally, this was the first long jump this year for Jack Johnson; a great start from Jack with a best of 3.04 which put him in 8th place. I’m sure we’ll see him back on top form as the season progresses!

Well done to all our Long Jumpers, some excellent competition today!

Discus

It’s been over 7 months since Lily Thompson competed in the Discus, so it was great to see her back in action here today. No PB today, but a best of 22.10m was enough to take 1st place in the U20W category. An excellent performance, Lily, with the promise of much more to come this season!

Javelin

Like Lily, it’s been quite some time since Tori Buckley competed in the Javelin…..in fact, the last time was August 2019 at the Tartan Games. Back then it was a 400g Javelin, but now as an U15 she’s stepped up to 500g. But as usual our Buckers gave it all she had and smashed her PB with a new best of 23.46m; an increase of over 3m! Top throwing, Tori, well done!

Overall an outstanding performance from our Junior Harriers, and top marks to those competing for the first time, or taking on a new discipline which can be just as daunting! As usual you continue to inspire and impress us all – keep up the great work! #UTH!

You can see the full results on our ‘RESULTS’ page of the website

Big thanks to those Harrier parents who sent in their photos (you know who you are!) It is greatly appreciated 🙂

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