Libby leads the way

Last week, on a cold, wet and windy day, Under 13 Harrier, Libby Hammond was in action at Middlesbrough Sports Village. She was representing her school, the Ian Ramsey CE Academy at the Stockton District Athletics Championships. She had a busy day competing in the 800m, the long jump and the 4 x 100m relay. Libby ran well in her relay Heat, winning her leg and helping the team secure a place in the final. Once again the Ian Ramsey team performed well and made it through to the next round. After a long wait, it was time for the 800m where Libby set the pace and opened up an impressive lead, which she maintained for the whole race.

She crossed the line in 1st place with a new PB of 2:39. Last up was the long jump; Libby jumped well with a best on the day of 3:53m. Although not her longest jump to date, it was still enough to go through to the next round. All in all a great day! Libby will now represent Stockton in the 4 x 100 relay, long jump and the 800m at the Cleveland County Championships. Cracking performance, Libby,well done!

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Liam Brittle competed 2nd claim for Gateshead Harriers in the YDL for U17/U20 athletes. The event took place at Middlesbrough Sports Village on 5th May, and he competed in both the 800m and 4x400m relay. He had a cracking run in the 800m and although the published time of 2:07.2 was JUST outside his PB of 2:07.0, the hand timed result would have been a new PB! So close! Maybe next time, Liam. A fantastic effort though, well done!

On bank holiday Monday, Leah Rutherford competed in the Frank Barraclough Memorial Open at Grimsby. In the 100m she ran 13.9s to claim a fortuitous 2nd place after the race leader fell in the final 20 meters of the race. (A lesson for our younger members, never look around for your rivals whilst sprinting flat out!). Later in the day she went on to compete in the 200m coming home in 1st place with a seasons best of 28.8s. Not a bad days work after only 7 weeks training following a 5 month lay off due to surgery on both feet! Excellent performance, Leah, well done

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