Thirteen club members made the trip to the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Sunday 5th February to compete in the North of England under 15 and under 13 Indoor Athletics Championships. The group were rewarded with a string of personal best performances and an unprecedented four Northern titles.
Grace Goodsell confirmed her status as one of the best young athletes in the country by winning the under 15 girls 60m final in a new best of 7.97, a time which places her 7th in the national rankings. Grace made it a golden double by winning the long jump title in a massive new best 5.44m taking her back on top of the national rankings for the event.
Daisy Worthington showed a mature tactical head in winning the under 15 girls 800m in a new best of 2.20.22, moving her to 4th nationally. Daisy had run sensibly in her heat, holding back her best to take the Northern title.
In the under 13 boys 800m there was a gold-silver one two for Bury’s Elliott and Evan Savage. Elliot took the gold in a new best of 2.24.61 (moving him to 2nd in the UK) with Evan hot on his heels for silver in a new best of 2.25.47 (for 3rd in the UK).
Other performances at the championships included a personal best for Jerel Livingston of 8.00 in his heat of the under 15 boys 60m. His performance booked him a place in the semi final but his 8.07 did not secure him a place in the final. In the 200m he set a new best of 25.95 but this was not enough for him to progress to the semis. Jerel also competed in the long jump but was a little off his best and had to settle for 6th place with a 5.08 leap. Jay Cook took 7th in the under 13 boys long jump in a new best of 4.08 and set a pb in his 60m heat (9.54) and took 6th in the 800m final in a season’s best of 2.49.20.
Katherine Townsend set new bests in her heats of the under 15 girls 60m (8.68) and 200m (28.63). Amy Garroch continued to show how she is developing as an athlete in recording 8.75 in her heat of the under 15s 60m and in setting a season’s best 200 with 28.53. Ella Hall set a season’s best in the shot taking 4th with a putt of 7.51m and ran 9.29 in her 60m heat.
Erin Kenyon set a new best for 800m of 2.35.35, just behind Charlotte Speakman-Farnworth who ran a season’s best of 2.31.08. Erin also set a new best of 30.94 in the 200m. In the under 13s, Abigail Howard also set new bests for 800m (2.53.56) and 200m (30.83). Patrick Clarke also set a new best of 27.25 in his heat of the under 15 boys 200m.