ďAnd so to Bury for the 3rd meeting of the UKYDL U13/U15. There was an unexpected bonus for this correspondent. The Market Street track is situated alongside the East Lancashire Railway. As well as witnessing some fine performances from our athletes No. 80080 BR Standard Class 4 2-6-4 tank engine was plying it's trade all afternoon, marvellous. Anyway, off with the anorak and on with the action.
A good turnout by Maldwyn. 19 athletes made the trip, over half of them U15 girls. Their reward was a solid 7th place and a plethora of PBs.
We may as well start with the U15 girls. The Greater Manchester air obviously suits Sara Jones, she has certainly shone in the YDL this year. 1st in the discus 'B', 2nd in the javelin (23.43), 4th in the shot and every one a personal best. Also throwing well was Megan Jones whose 19.24 in the discus earned 2nd place. In fact it would have been good enough for 2nd in the boy's event! Megan also provided maximum points with a 1st place in the shot 'B'.
One of the races that generated much discussion amongst the Maldwyn contingent was the 800m. 3rd at 620m Meg Randell suddenly exploded round the outside of the bend and tore down the home straight to win in 2.36. When quizzed about her tactics Meg claimed to have heard yours truly instruct her to kick for home. Wish I could claim it but I was standing at the finish I'm afraid. Also impressive in the 800m was Lauren Teasdale who knocked a huge chunk of her best time, coming home in 2.56.
I also liked Olivia Sofianos' effort in the 1500m - a strong, determined finish to grab 2nd in 5.51, again a PB. Athea Shuker's hurdling is coming along nicely, as is Amber Owen's. Both looked really good. We saw a terrific run from Meg Davis winning the 100m 'B' in fine style whilst Hannah Powell and Chloe Shillito both ran well in the 200m. In the relay Athea, Lauren, Meg Davis and Megan Jones finished an exciting race in 5th.
U15 boys and what a treat to see Joseph Crutchley returning to form. He controlled the 1500m race, continually putting pressure on the Manchester runner, eventually pulling away to win in 4.47. Meanwhile the ever reliable Huw Weaver logged PBs in both the 100m and 200m events. A good day too for Kaya Saul - 4th in the long jump and a 2.55 PB in the 800m.
Our sole representative in the U13 girls, Kate Jarman, is really starting to look the part now. Her best performance coming in the 1200m where a dogged run saw her beat 3 girls this time. As for the U13 boys Owen Randell and Oscar Crutchley both scored PBs in the 200m while Rob Williams managed 5.34 in his 1st crack at 1500m. Pretty good I reckon. Harrison Higgins ran a good 800m and Nat Jenkins looked promising in the long jump. Oscar, Owen, Nat and Rob also ran the relay.
All in all I think we did ok. One or two more younger ones and we could really push on.
As ever, if you did something fantastic and I haven't mentioned it then I apologise. I have to officiate at some events and don't always get to see everything. Similarly, if you achieved a personal best and I haven't mentioned it I'm sorry. I do my best but I'm afraid I don't know everyone's best times/ distances etc."
Our sincere thanks, then, to Chris who also earns our profound admiration for his ability to communicate telepathically with runners across a distance of 180 metres.