Heart of England League: Leamington Spa, Sunday 16 June 2019

After the first match of this year’s Heart of England League was cancelled, the Division 4 season finally got underway at the Edmondscote Athletics Track in Leamington Spa.

Tamworth AC’s Under-11 Boys were out in force. Farren Key took 3rd place in the 75m A-race with a time of 11.5secs and Oliver Dolan won the B-race with 11.4secs. Corin Bradley and Ellis Jones also ran as non-scorers with times of 12.7 and 13.2secs respectively. In the 600m race, Dominic Harper came 2nd in the A-race with 1:50.8 and Jack Dolan followed his brother’s lead by winning the B-race with a time of 2:00.8. Corin and Ellis again ran as non-scorers with times of 2:18.1 and 2:19.9 respectively.

In the Long Jump Farren Kee jumped 3.72m for 2nd place in the A-event and Jack Dolan notched up another maximum points score with 3.64m in the B-event. More wins followed in the Howler Throw with Dominic Harper throwing 36.75m in the A-event and Oliver Dolan throwing 30.93m in the B-event.

For the Under-11 Girls, Lottie O’Donoghue and Sophie Godber both clocked 12.8secs; giving Lottie 3rd place in the A-race and Sophie 1st place in the B-event. Hannah Beales took 2nd place in the 600m A-race with a time of 2:09.8 and Lottie O’Donoghue also finished 2nd with 2:20.1 in the B-race.

Lottie continued her good form in the field with a jump of 3.14m for 2nd place in the Long Jump. Sophie Godber won the B-event with a jump of 2.81m and took 2nd place in the Howler with a throw of 8.85m.

Joseph Gorst was in action for the Under-13 Boys, running a personal best of 36.1secs for 5th place in the 200m and taking 2nd place in the 800m with a time of 2:53.4. Jesse Bradley also clocked a personal best coming 3rd in the 1,500m with 5:11.1. More personal bests for Ben Godber; firstly, winning the 75m Hurdles with 15.9secs and then coming 4th in the Long Jump with 3.50m. Joseph Gorst took 4th place in the Long Jump B-event with a jump of 2.13m.

For the Under-13 Girls, Aliya Bibi ran a 100m personal best of 16.1secs for 5th place and Layla Burgess clocked 16.2secs for 2nd in the B-race. In the 200m, Kirsten McLaren finished 3rd with 30.5secs and Layla Burgess took 2nd place in the B-race with a time of 34.0secs. Kirsten then went on to win the 800m with a personal best of 2:32.2 and Annie Boonham was first over the line in the B-race, clocking her personal best of 2:37.5. Yet another personal best for Jessica Salt in the 1,500m; claiming 2nd place with a time of 5:31.9. Charlotte Evans finished the B-race in 7:02.3.

Aliya Bibi did well in the 70m Hurdles to finish in 2nd place with 15.4secs on clock. Aliya then went on to win the High Jump, clearing 1.23m. In the Long Jump Annie Boonham jumped a personal best of 4.05 to take 2nd place. Charlotte Evans extended her own personal best with 3.16m and 3rd place in the B-event. Annie Boonham came 2nd in the Shot Put with a throw of 4.85m; her third personal best performance of the day. Kirsten McLaren threw 4.54m to take 2nd place in the B-event. Layla Burgess threw 11.28m for 2nd place with the Discus, and Charlotte Evans threw 9.82m; also taking 2nd place in the B-event.

Charlie Lassetter took 2nd place and ran personal bests for the Under-15 Boys in both the 100 and 200m; clocking 12.8secs and 26.2secs respectively. Toby Wooton also claimed a new personal best in the 800m with 2:31.9, finishing in 3rd place. Luca Bradley had a fine run in the 1,500m to win the race in 4:54.0. In the Shot Put, Toby Wooton took 3rd place with a throw of 5.41m

For the Under-15 Girls, a delighted Arantxa Middleton won the 100m by a very narrow margin with 13.8secs and then went on to win the 200m with a personal best of 27.1secs. In the B-races, Lizzie Felton did well; winning the 100m with 14.8secs and coming 2nd in the 200m with 31.3secs. More wins followed in the 300m for Francesca Wattis with a PB of 46.4secs and Libbie Price in the B-race with 50.6secs. Libbie went on to win the 800m with 2:36.9 and Tegan Vickery was victorious in the 1,500m with a time 5:41.2. In the 75m Hurdles, Lizzie Felton claimed 2nd place with a time of 13.8secs.

Away from the track Arantxa Middleton took 3rd place in the Long Jump with 3.92m and Francesca Wattis was 2nd in the B-event with a jump of 3.75m. Libbie Price came 3rd in the Shot Put with a throw of 3.68m.

Jack Walklate set a couple of new personal bests in the Under-17 Men’s competition with 13.1secs for 2nd place in the 100m and a jump of 4.10m for 3rd in the Long Jump.

For the Under-17 Women, Charlotte Perry took 2nd place in the 200m with a time of 29.1secs and Isobel Wattis won the B-event with 31.9secs. Isobel also claimed 2nd place in the 300m with 46.4secs. Sophie Perry crossed the line on 48.9secs to win the 300m B-race and won the 800m with 2:49.4. Charlotte Perry was back out for the 1,500m, winning the race with a time of 5:35.3.

In the field events Isobel Wattis jumped 1.30 for 2nd place in the High Jump. Sisters Sophie and Charlotte did well in the Shot Put, with Sophie throwing 4.80m for 2nd in the A-event and Charlotte making 4.38m to win the B-event. Katie Stretton threw 10.48m to take 3rd place with the Discus.

In the relays, a mixed Under-11s team of Sophie Godber, Lottie O’Donoghue, Jack and Oliver Dolan stormed to victory in the 4 x 100m with an excellent time of 66.9secs. For the Under-13 Girls, Aliya Bibi, Layla Burgess, Annie Boonham and Kirsten Mclaren clocked a time of 59.9secs and were just edged into 2nd place by Witney AC. The Under-15 Girls team of Lizzie Felton, Libbie Price, Francesca Wattis and Arantxa Middleton won their relay with a time of 57.5secs. Finally, Charlotte and Sophie Perry, Katie Stretton and Isobel Wattis were beaten in a close finish in the Under-17 Women’s relay; with Witney AC again taking the win.

The match results put Tamworth AC into an excellent second place in the division overall behind Witney AC, who will co-host the next match with Droitwich at Banbury on Sunday 7th July.

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