UK Youth Development League: Tamworth, Sunday 23 June 2019

Tamworth AC played hosts for a combined meeting of the UK Youth Development League Midland North/East 1C and 1D divisions. Eleven other clubs were warmly welcomed to the Tamworth Stadium for the competition of the Under-13 and Under-15 age groups.

For the Under-15 Boys, Charlie Lasseter and Tom Reid both ran 100m personal bests of 12.6secs in the A-race and 14.2secs in the B-race respectively. Charlie went on to run another PB in the 200m taking 1st place with a time of 25.9secs. William Fleming also ran a PB of 27.4secs for 4th place in his 200m B-race race. Luca Bradley took 2nd place in the 1,500m with a time of 4:52.8.

More personal bests for William Fleming in the Long Jump with 4.51m for 5th place and James Stretton in the Shot Put with a throw of 5.45m for 4th place. James again took 4th place in the Discus with a throw of 14.72m. Tom Reid threw 17.88m for 4th place in the Javelin.

Arantxa Middleton claimed yet another win in the Under-15 Girls 100m with a time of 13.5secs. Emma Pulcella took 2nd place in the B-race with a personal best of 13.4secs, and Elizabeth Felton ran 14.7secs as a non-scorer. More personal bests in the 200m for Emma Pulcella to win the A-race with 27.5secs, and Francesca Wattis with 29.5secs for 3rd place in the B-race. Arantxa Middleton clocked 42.4secs for another win and personal best in the 300m. Lottie McLaren won the B-race with a time of 45.1secs and then the 800m with 2:25.7. Libbie Price won the 800m B-race with a season best of 2:36.6. In the 1,500m, Phoebe O’Connor crossed the line in 1st place on 5:17.1 and Tegan Vickery took 2nd place in the B-race with a time of 5:54.2. Elizabeth Felton ran a personal best time of 13.7secs in the 75m Hurdles.

Over to the field, and Lottie McLaren was in action again in the High Jump, taking 3rd place with a PB of 1.35m. Ruby Coldwell also took 3rd place in the B-event with a personal best jump of 1.25m. The cheers from the far side of the track could be heard in the clubhouse as Ruby Coldwell cleared 2.92m to extend her personal best and win the Pole Vault competition. Charley O’Neill made 2.70m for another win in the B-event. Ruby was back with Tegan Vickery for the Shot Put, both taking 3rd place with 6.96m in the A-event and 4.22m in the B-event respectively. Ruby Spencer finished 2nd in the Javelin with a throw of 28.26m.

Jacob Williams took 4th place for the Under-13 Boys in the 100m with a PB of 15.2secs. William Newman ran in the B-event, finishing in 18.7secs for 4th place. In the 200m, Ben Godber ran a PB of 32.3secs for 3rd place, and William Newman also took 3rd place in the B-event with a PB of 36.6secs. Another personal best in the 800m, this time for Joseph Gorst, who clocked 2:45.8 for 2nd place. Jesse Bradley took 3rd place in the 1500m with 5:14.3 and Ben Godber ran 16.6secs for 3rd in the 75m Hurdles.

Ben Godber did well in the High Jump with a jump of 1.05m for 2nd place. Jacob Williams threw a PB of 6.01m to win the Shot Put and took 3rd place in the Javelin with a throw of 15.07m. William Newman claimed 3rd place in the Shot Put B-event with a throw of 3.51m.

For the Under-13 Girls, Aliya Bibi ran 12.1 secs for 6th place in the 75m. Chloe Sharman finished 2nd in the B-event with 11.6secs, and Eva Watkins and Grace Grant ran 13.0 and 12.0secs respectively as non-scorers. In the 150m, Kirsten McLaren finished 2nd with 22.2secs and Layla Burgess claimed 4th in the B-race with a PB of 24.4secs. Kirsten and Annie Boonham led the way from start to finish in the 800m, crossing the line with times of 2:33.7 in the A-race and 2:37.7 in the B-race respectively. More wins in the 1,200m with Jessica Salt clocking 4:14.2 and Chloe Sharman running a PB of 4:22.9. Aliya Bibi showed she is making great progress with a personal best of 14.4secs and 4th place in the 70m Hurdles. Eva Watkins finished the B-race in 3rd place with a time of 16.1secs.

In the Long Jump, Annie Boonham jumped 3.97m to take 3rd place and Charlotte Evans jumped 2.84m for 4th place in the B-event. A great result for Aliya Bibi in the High Jump with a winning personal best jump of 1.25m. Chloe Sharman shared first place with the Cannock & Stafford athlete in the B-event with a personal best jump of 1.15m. In the Shot Put, Annie Boonham threw 4.74m for 3rd place and Kirsten McLaren won the B-event with 4.41m. Charlotte Evans looks to be getting to grips with the Javelin, landing a personal best and 3rd place with a throw of 9.08m.

In the 4 x100m relay, the Under-15 Boys team of Charlie Lassetter, Tom Reid, Luca Bradley and William Fleming finished in 3rd place with a combined time of 57.0secs.

The Under-15 Girls won their 4 x 100m relay, with Emma Pulcella, Francesca Wattis, Libbie Price and Arantxa Middleton joining forces to clock 55.1secs. In the 4 x 300m race, Lottie McLaren, Francesca Wattis, Emma Pulcella and Arantxa Middleton were again victorious with a time of 2:59.6.

The Under-13 Girls ran a very close 4 x 100m relay with the Tamworth Team of Chloe Sharman, Layla Burgess, Annie Boonham and Kirsten McLaren pipped to the post by Cannock & Stafford. Both teams clocked 58.5secs, but Tamworth had to settle for second place.

Tamworth AC finished the match in 3rd place on the day and 4th in the final Midlands North/East 1D division standings. Cannock & Stafford will go on to compete in the promotion match on Saturday 20th July.

The match ran smoothly thanks to the many volunteers who helped out on the day. We at the club are hugely grateful to everyone involved for generously giving their time. Special thanks go to John Jenkins who orchestrated a very fine team effort.

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