Juniors excel at Shildon meeting

Alnwick Harrier Juniors at Shildon
Alnwick Harrier Juniors at Shildon

Alnwick Harriers Juniors

Twenty-three Alnwick Harrier Juniors travelled to Shildon to compete in the Anne Marie Readshaw athletics meeting on Sunday.

Hannah Taylor

Hannah Taylor

This excellent turn-out enabled the club to compete in every junior age category (U11 to U17) for both the girls and boys.

The athletes represented Alnwick in sprints (60m, 100m, 150m and 200m), long-jump, middle-distance running (800m and 3000m) and throwing events (shot and cricket ball).

The cold, windy conditions were challenging for both the athletes and the superb parent supporters who had turned out in huge numbers to encourage the competitors.

Athletes from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and Yorkshire gathered for this well-attended and very fiercely-contested athletics meeting.

Ollie Telfer and Rosie Murton

Ollie Telfer and Rosie Murton

This was the first opportunity for several Alnwick athletes to compete in this type of competition, but they all rose to the challenge.

There was a lot of uncertainty and ‘nerves’ but good humour prevailed and they all survived.

All of the juniors excelled and there were notable medal-winning performances by three athletes.

On the track, Rosie Murton (U17) ran strongly in the 3000m to win convincingly in 10min 46.1s.

Ollie Telfer (U11) managed third place in the 600m with a strong run and a personal best time of 2:03.01.

In the Field events, Hannah Taylor (U11) threw 18.59m in the cricket ball throw to win the silver medal. An excellent achievement on such a windy day.

The club congratulated all athletes, parents and coaches who took part for putting in ‘an excellent performance’.