Juniors perform well as season warms up

Alnwick Junior Harriers at the third NOTAN grand prix meeting
Alnwick Junior Harriers at the third NOTAN grand prix meeting
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Junior Harriers

At the third NOTAN Grand Prix meeting on Sunday, the Juniors finally got a warm, if windy, day.

Conditions weren’t great for personal bests but spirits were high and there were some great performances.

The Batley family once again dominated the howler throwing.

Ruaridh, the latest member of the family to turn his hand to throwing, convincingly won the Year 3 competition with a throw of 25.55m.

Although sister Ailsa won the Year 6 girls’ competition with a new club record of 26.60m, it was brother Gregor who threw furthest in the family with 29.32m to secure himself second place in the Year 5 competition.

In the long jump, Finlay Telfer managed the biggest Alnwick jump of the day (3.18m) to win the Year 5 boys’ category, however, he only narrowly beat best friend Gregor by 1cm.

Millie Breese, Year 5, managed third place overall with 3.07m, however, Talia Thompson made the biggest improvement of the day, managing to jump nearly 40cm further than the last competition.

On the track, Lauren Brown coped well with the windy conditions in the 600m to be narrowly beaten into second place by just one second in a time of exactly 2mins.

Billy Clayton improved his run by almost 40s to 2:09 to put him in third place overall.

However, Leila Thompson, who had only turned up to support her sister, won the prize for being the most enthusiastic athlete in the Alnwick camp.

Leila entered the Year 3 category and performed magnificently, having never tried the events before, let alone competing against others.

Next month sees the last meeting in the series where the athletes will be competing for their final position in the overall Grand Prix standings.