Juniors impress in league fixture as numerous records smashed

Alnwick Junior Harriers

The third North East Youth Development League, Division Two fixture took place at Churchill Playing Fields on Sunday.

Twelve Alnwick Harriers travelled to Whitley Bay to join forces with allies Blyth Running Club for the penultimate match against Tynedale Harriers, Gateshead Harriers, North Shields Poly and South Shields Harriers.

There were some excellent performances throughout the day and the warm conditions saw plenty of club records tumbling.

U13 Jade Craddock set the first record of the day, when she finished fourth in her 100m heat in 15.2 seconds. She then went on to take maximum points for the club when she won her shot putt event.

U13 girls making their debuts for Alnwick were Ellie Young, who finished third in her 200m race, Sophie Enser, who produced a gutsy 1500m run to finish third and Ella Hemsley, who picked up a further five points for the club with her 800m third place.

U13 Cora Drummond demonstrated excellent throwing technique to finish second in the javelin, with a new club record of 10.50m.

U13 Archie Wort set another club record with his throw of 15.02m which placed him third in the javelin.

There were some equally good performances in the U15 events.

Jessica Barnaby’s superb hurdling technique saw her through to second place with a time of 14.0s in the 75m hurdles.

There were second places for Lucy Embleton in both the 200m and 800m.

In the U15 boys’ events, Josh Turnbull smashed the current 100m club record, with a time of 12.7s, which placed him third.

In the 200m, a late lunge for the line saw Owen Davidson snatch second place in a time of 27.1s. And continuing the theme Yas Yilmaz set another record in the javelin, throwing 23.15m.

The final club record of the day was set by U17 Peter Skirrow, finishing second in the 400m hurdles in a time of 69.3s.

Alnwick/Blyth finished third with 392 points. Full results at www.necaa.info

Alnwick Harriers travel to Morpeth for the final league match on July 28.

Alnwick Harriers’ full results (provisional):

U13 Girls: 100m(Ht1) fourth Jade Craddock 15.2s(CR) 200m(Ht1) fourth Jade Craddock 34.0s (Ht2) third Ellie Young 800m(Ht1) third Ella Hemsley 1500m(Ht1) third Sophie Enser 6.59.3 70m hurdles(Ht1) third Cora Drummond 14.3s long jump (Ht1) fourth Ellie Young 3.57m (Ht2) fourth Sophie Enser 3.32m javelin(Ht1) second Cora Drummond 10.50m(CR) (Ht2) second Ella Hemsley 7.95m shot(Ht1) first Jade Craddock 5.29m 4x100m relay third 62.5s.

U13 Boys: Long jump(Ht1) third Archie Wort 3.27m javelin(Ht1) third 15.02m(CR).

U15 Girls: 100m(Ht1) fourth Jessica Barnaby 200m(Ht2) second Lucy Embleton 32.5s 800m(Ht1) second Lucy Embleton 2:47.5 75m hurdles(Ht1) second Jessica Barnaby 14.0s high jump(Ht1) third Jessica Barnaby 1.20m discus(Ht1) third Lucy Embleton 13.11m 4x100m relay third 58.5s.

U15 Boys: 100m(Ht1) third Josh Turnbull 12.7s(CR) (Ht2) fourth Yas Yilmaz 13.4s 200m(Ht1) third Josh Turnbull 26.9s (Ht2) Owen Davidson 27.1s long jump(Ht1) fourth Yas Yilmaz 4.20m high jump(Ht2) first Owen Davidson 1.45m javelin(Ht1) second Yas Yilmaz 23.15m(CR) shot(Ht1) second Owen Davidson 6.73m (Ht2) first Josh Turnbull 6.07m.

U17 Boys: 400m hurdles second Peter Skirrow 69.3s(CR) high jump (Ht2) first 1.45m javelin (Ht1) first 4.49m.

4x100m relay: First 52.5s.

Teams: Tynedale Harriers 490.5pts; Gateshead 402; Alnwick/Blyth 392; North Shields Poly 383.5; South Shields 165.

Fourteen-year-old Owen Davidson was chosen to represent Northumberland at the English Schools’ Athletics Association Combined Events regional final in Kingston-Upon-Hull on Saturday.

Competing in the junior boys’ pentathlon, Owen, who trains with Alnwick Harriers, got off to a strong start in the 80m hurdles, finishing sixth in a new Alnwick Harriers club record time of 14.3s.

His weakest event, the shot putt followed, where his 11th-placed best throw of 6.09m saw him drop to ninth place overall; however, his stronger sixth-placed jumps of 4.57m in the long jump and 1.47m in the high jump saw him close the gap to the eighth placed athlete.

After a long day of eventing, a fifth place in the 800m, with a respectable time of 2m 25.6s, meant that Owen finished a very creditable eighth place overall (fourth from Northumberland, Tyneside and Durham) and his points total of 1,758 set a further Alnwick Harriers club record.