Young Har­ri­ers among medals

Stockport Express - - Sport - ATH­LET­ICS PETER POW­ELL

THE sun cer­tainly shone on the right­eous in more ways than one at the Lither­land Sports Park where South­port Water­loo AC hosted their an­nual early au­tumn track and field meet­ing.

There were sunny skies and equally as bright re­sults from a good con­tin­gent of the youngest com­peti­tors from Stock­port Har­ri­ers.

Lola Unsworth got the ball rolling in the un­der 11s 60 me­tres sprint in a fine time of 11:5 sec­onds and then made it also in the long jump pit to record 3.77 me­tres to make it a dou­ble first for the Har­ri­ers.

The boys were not go­ing to be un­done on this one with Ol­lie Cox mir­ror­ing Unsworth’s achieve­ments and tak­ing the 60 me­tres race in an ex­actly the same time. He then fol­lowed on into the pit to record the dou­ble first in the long jump in a huge leap of 3:93 me­tres.

There was a dou­ble first suc­cess for the Har­ri­ers in the un­der 13s 75 me­tres hur­dles too with Arthur Kennedy record­ing 14.1 sec­onds.

An age group up, in the girls un­der 15s event of the same dis­tance, Abi­gail Pawlett recorded a scin­til­lat­ing time of 11:5. She moved on to the 100 me­tres flat to record another first in 12.6 and fin­ished it off in the long jump com­pe­ti­tion on 5.14 me­tres to beat se­cond placed Erin Mof­fatt of Lan­caster and More­cambe by a full 28 cen­time­tres (5.14).

Emily Misan­toni got back to her win­ning ways again af­ter her re­cent trip up at Bed­ford in the English Cham­pi­onships 800 me­tres and she was im­pres­sive in the 200 me­tres sprint for the un­der 15s to record 26.8.

She then took to the high jump to record yet another win (1:45), tak­ing it on count back from Gabrielle O’Neil (Liv­er­pool Har­ri­ers) and Leah Howard (Black­pool) who also cleared the bar at the same height.

Mil­lie Everett made it a first for Stock­port in the un­der 13 girls’ 75 me­tres sprint to record a use­ful; time of 11.3. sec­onds.

Over 300 in­trepid run­ners and jog­gers took to the Mersey trail for the an­nual County sup­port­ers co-op’s half marathon event and while one hour and six­teen min­utes was good enough to take the ti­tle in 2016, not so this year ow­ing to Sh­effield Hal­lam’s ace com­peti­tor Steven Bay­ton mak­ing the jour­ney to Stock­port and fin­ish­ing in an amaz­ing record break­ing time of 1:08:43.

He was a full nine min­utes ahead of last year’s win­ner who was se­cond placed lo­cal Har­rier James Scott Buc­cleuch (1:17:52) with third spot go­ing to his club mate Char­lie Batho in 1:22:23, be­ing slightly slower than last year but one place up on 2016 to record the bronze medal po­si­tion.

For those adults who have only watched so far from a seated area and wish to get in­volved in jog­ging or run­ning, the op­por­tu­nity arises on Tues­day evenings from Septem­ber the 19th in con­junc­tion with Har­ri­ers’ coach Alexis Dins­mor with a be­gin­ner’s ses­sion de­part­ing at 7pm from out­side of the Wood­bank Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Turn­croft Lane, Of­fer­ton.

With more walk­ing than run­ning to start with, they will even­tu­ally build up from “couch to five kilo­me­tres” over an eight week pe­riod. For fur­ther de­tails, please con­tact alexis.dins­mor@ntl­world.com

Har­ri­ers’ mem­ber­ship sec­re­tary Jerzy Ma­tuszewski com­pleted his 42nd an­nual Bul­lock Smithy hike or­gan­ised by the 3rd Hazel Grove scout group which gave all the par­tic­i­pants a grand tour of the Peak district over the tra­di­tional course of fifty six miles which was def­i­nitely up hill and down dale.

At the mid­day strik­ing of the tra­di­tional black­smith’s anvil, the con­tes­tants were off from the Hazel Grove scout hut to the first check point, Bow­stones above Lyme Park, and Ma­tuszewski even­tu­ally com­pleted the course in 18 hours and 18 min­utes and is prob­a­bly one of few, if any who has com­pleted the cir­cuit ev­ery year since it’s in­cep­tion.

Bar­ring 1988 ow­ing to ill­ness our “Alf Tup­per” hero ac­com­plished the dou­ble in 1992 by first com­plet­ing the course un­of­fi­cially and then com­plet­ing it again at the of­fi­cial start time to record 112 miles which will not eas­ily be sur­passed by any­one in the fu­ture to en­sure the same num­ber of hikes as the event has been in progress.

Next Sun­day sees the an­nual Life Leisure Big Stock­port 10 kilo­me­tres event around the town cen­tre which starts at 10am from St Peters­gate to­gether with a ju­nior fun run which starts at 10.15am.

Fur­ther de­tails for both these events can be found at www.lifeleisure.net.

The pre­vi­ous day on Satur­day (16/9) sees the ever pop­u­lar Lantern Pike fell race at 2pm from Spray house Farm, Lit­tle Hay­field in con­junc­tion with the an­nual sheep­dog tri­als which race con­sists of a five mile cir­cuit and a to­tal of 320 me­tres of climb.

The Big Stock­port 10km Run

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