Joe delighted by spread of medals
STOCKPORT Harriers’ coaching coordinator Joe Frost was immensely pleased with the recordbreaking performances at various county schools athletic championships.
Frost pointed out that 19 medals were recorded with 10 champions, five English schools qualifiers, two championship records and nine county selections after a thoroughly successful weekend of sport.
Joe, who is also an England National coach for horizontal jumps, enthused: “This is a great set of results for the group which is well on it’s way to being the strongest group of its kind in the region and we’re hoping to carry on the success as we get closer to the major championships later in the season.”
Charlotte Ogden beat the 12 metres barrier for the first time to record a best triple jump of 12.25 to take the senior girls Greater Manchester title .
Amy Williams produced a solid 5:70 in the Cheshire county senior girls long jump and in the process eclipsed the previous best performance of 5:57 and also took gold success in 5:85 at the Loughborough University invitational event just four days later.
Field events and jumping is all the rage for many Harriers and so it was for Nick Barratt who produced a lifetime best of 12:93 in the Greater Manchester senior boys triple jump whilst in the Cheshire county championships Cameron Stewart continues to dominate his age group picking up the under 15’s high jump gold medal (1:73) for his efforts.
There’s no stopping his progress and he now goes forward to the Inter counties competition in Birmingham, hoping for even greater heights.
The quality of the young talent available at Woodbank Park continues to impress and many juniors will be participating on Saturday at Sport City in the 10th annual quadrathlon organised by Joe’s brother, Mike with a further Youth development league match the very next day at Woodbank Park for those in the upper age group with a start time of 11.15am.
As the half way point is reached in the YDL upper age group competition, Stockport currently lie in second position with nine match points but Bolton has a three-point advantage with 12, so to be realistic and in order to win through this season, two teams need to beat Bolton and with the Harriers winning the match.
At senior open level, Stockport’s Jack Morris took the Northern championship title in the 5000 metres (14:30) with second place going to Jack Morris making a Stockport one, two, the latter just edged out James Douglas of Border Harriers who took the bronze medal.
ladies continued to inspire at Sport city in the Northern championships 1500 metres event with a 4th position for Louise Rudd in a new personal best of 4:32 with Lyndsay Clarke not far behind in sixth position in 4:36.
For those who want a good dunking in the river Goyt towards the end of a fell race, they will do no better than attend the annual “Whaley Waltz” event at Whaley Bridge (Saturday) of just under six miles and with 900 feet of elevation which commences at 1.10pm. from near the carnival field just after the street parade.