Young Harriers battle on with depleted team
Teens make solid start to league despite missing key athletes
CHILTERN Harriers U13s and U15s got their Youth Development League track and field season off to a solid start at Ashford in Kent on Saturday.
A young and inexperienced team, missing several key athletes, battled hard all day and were rewarded with several personal bests (PBs), despite finishing seventh out of seven on the day in a high quality division.
The U13 boys were the most successful Chiltern age group, with a clean sweep of wins across the middle distance events, thanks to Tom Hunter (2.27) and Nathan Hackley (2.31) winning the 800m A and B string races, and Angus Williams (4.48) and Alex Aldred (5.10) also winning the 1500m races convincingly with PB times.
Thomas Job made an impressive debut, coming second in both the 100m and 200m A string races in 14.0 and 28.2, while Hunter scored
IN THE POINTS: Chiltern Harriers U13s athletes Tom Hunter and Thomas Job further points by logging second in 800m PB of 2.39.9 to come third in the B string 100m and Williams was the A string race, while Trinity third in the A string shot. Stevens made a good club debut
A very inexperienced set of U13 with third in the A string shot girls gained some great experience, (6.37m) and second in the B string with Orla Williams running an hurdles.
A small U15 boys team worked hard all day to cover as many events as possible, and Kristian Everiss was rewarded with third place in the 800m B with a PB of 2.33, and another PB of 27m for third in the A string javelin, while twin Phoenix won the B string with 19m.
Impressive running in the 1500m saw an A/B string double win for U15 girls Robyn Watkins and Emily Alderson, securing PBs of 5.03 and 5.24 respectively, while Charlotte Munn was second in the A string 800m and Beth Welham second in the B string and Sandie Pohlman finished third with a PB of 44.8 in the A string 300m.
Meanwhile, a discrepancy between initial and confirmed results in the London Marathon meant some Chiltern Harriers athletes ran better times than those printed last week, and their revised times are as follows:
2.36.34; 2.26.27; 2.51.27;
2.59.47; 3.13.24; 3.20.07 and 3.40.48 (fourth in the W60-64 category).