Young Alnwick Harriers team up with Blyth to finish fifth and complete a great day’s work

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Alnwick Harriers Juniors

Five Alnwick Harriers Juniors joined forces with Blyth RC on Sunday, April 27, to compete in the first North East Youth Development League (NEYDL) meeting of the season.

This team competition requires clubs to field athletes from U13 to U17 in all the main track and field events.

Points are awarded for their success and participation.

The team with the most points ultimately wins the competition on the day.

The weather was a bit grim at the beginning of the day and the persistent rain had turned the shot-putt circle into a swamp.

However, spirits weren’t dampened and in the very first event, Alnwick Harriers Juniors got off to a good start with a win by Ollie Telfer in the shot putt U13B category.

Ollie managed a personal best throw of 5.55m.

After stripping off several layers of warm clothing, Ollie had to quickly run off to join Max Breese in the 75m hurdles.

It was the first time either of the boys had ever run over eight high hurdles in succession so were relieved to survive and finish in fourth and fifth place.

The day slowly began to brighten and Jess Barnaby sprinted well to finish second in the U15 girls 75m hurdles.

Jess ran a good time (15.3s), proving how practice and good technique wins the day.

In the long jump, Catherine Barnaby and Max Breese represented the U13s well and notched up some more well-deserved team points.

Back on the track, Catherine was also Alnwick’s sole representative in the 100m sprint.

By lunchtime, the rain had passed by and enough surface water had been cleared to start the high-jump competition.

Peter Skirrow won the U17s competition convincingly, with a jump of 1.53m, and Max Breese having already completed his maximum number of field events managed achieve first place in the U13 boys’ category as a guest.

In the javelin, Peter Skirrow won his age group with a personal-best throw of 28.66m.

Catherine Barnaby competed in the final girls’ field event, where she managed a personal best in the shot putt and collected the first place B athlete points.

Back on the track, Alnwick had more personal-best performances by Ollie and Max in the 800 and 1500m races respectively.

Peter Skirrow was again in action in the 400m and, to conclude the day, Alnwick managed to assemble both a boys’ and girls’ 4x100m relay team.

Both teams avoided relay disaster and ran well, with good changeovers.

Alnwick and Blyth formed a great team on the day.

The athletes performed with great enthusiasm and ‘spread’ themselves brilliantly across a huge range of events.

Finishing in overall fifth team place was a fantastic achievement. Alnwick hope to attract a few more new faces and build on their success at the next meeting.