New personal bests set in calm conditions

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Junior Harriers

Just three Alnwick Harriers competed in Division Two of the North East Youth Development League, at Wentworth Stadium, Hexham, on Sunday, combining with Blyth RC once more to form a composite team.

Conditions were ideal for competing – warm, with little wind – and many personal-best performances were achieved.

The first event was the high jump, in which U15 and U17 boys competed concurrently.

Alnwick’s U15 Owen Davidson and U17 Peter Skirrow, were the only boys remaining in the competition once the bar was raised over 1m 50cm and both took advantage of the temperate conditions, winning with personal best heights of 1m 53cm.

And Owen gained further personal bests in the 100m and 200m.

Alnwick’s U17 Adam Weightman tested himself on the shorter 800m distance, teaming up with Blyth’s Joseph Dungworth.

Down the back straight, both of the athletes pulled away convincingly from the rest of the field and Adam sat on the elder athlete’s shoulder for almost the entirety of the two-lap race before Joseph was able to kick and pull away from Adam on the final straight.

Adam finished second overall (first ‘B’ athlete), with a personal-best time of 2m7s and new club record.

Peter Skirrow also took an early lead down the back straight of his 400m hurdles race and went on to take a convincing win, equalling his own club record of 71.8s.

He later set another club record when he won his javelin event with a throw of 24.69m.

Alnwick/Blyth finished fourth with 292pts.

Full results can be found at

Alnwick Harriers travel to Whitley Bay for the next league match on June 30.