Heart of England League Match 2: 07 July 2019, Banbury

On a very warm day, the young athletes of Tamworth showed great determination and yielded excellent results to finish in 2nd place despite reduced numbers in the older age groups. The future certainly looks promising as the Under 11 age group were again outstanding and won 107 out of a possible 117 points, with excellent performances by non-scorers as well.

In the Under-11 boys 75m, Oliver Dolan took a close win in the A-race with a time of 11.4s, and Ellis Jones ran an excellent 2nd place in the B with a time of 13.2s. Daniel Windridge also made a club debut as a non-scorer with a time of 12.7s. Thomas Beales led the 600m from the start as a non-scorer and had an almighty battle with Dominic Harper, but Dominic just took the win with a time of 1:52.5, 0.3s ahead of Thomas. Jack Dolan took second place in the B with a time of 2:06.5, and Dan and Ellis also competed as non-scorers.

In the field Oliver took another win in the Long Jump with a PB of 3.90m, pushed all the way by Thomas who won the B with a jump of 3.88m in his first competition. Dominic also added a win in the Howler with a PB of 37.04m, with Jack winning the B with a throw of 30.54m

The Under-11 girls put out a very strong team and in a good field Sophie Godber equalled her PB of 12.8s to finish second in the 75m A, with Lottie O’Donoghue also running a PB of 12.4s to win the B race. Ella Ridge and Ella Moss ran as non-scorers and clocked 12.0s and 12.6s respectively. The 600m also proved to be another competitive race, and Ella Ridge took the field out very strongly as a non-scorer and just got overtaken at the end to run a strong time of 2:04.2 in her first competition. Hannah Beales pushed all the way to take 2nd place in the A with a time of 2:05.5 and Lottie won the B with a time of 2:15, just ahead of Ella Moss who ran 2:16.1.

Sophie was second in Long Jump A with a PB of 2.91m backed up by Lottie winning the B with a jump of 2.73m. Sophie also improved her PB in the Howler A to take 5th with 10.22m and Ella Moss came 4th in the B with 9.01m. The mixed relay team of Lottie, Sophie, Jack & Oliver then finished off by winning again in 64.5s, beating their last outing by 2.4 seconds.

Sophie Godber

The Under-13 Boys kicked off with Joseph Gorst running 2:50 to finish 4th in a tough 800m race. Joseph also went on to throw 2.61m in the B shot for 2nd place and jumped 2.40m for 4th in the B long jump. Ben Godber clocked 16.3s for 2nd place in the 75m hurdles and came close to a PB with a time of 32.9s for 5th place in the 200m A. Ben then finished his day with a hard-fought 3rd place in the A 1,500m with a time of 6:08.5 in his first race over the distance.

Braeden Welsh-O’Neill took 2nd place in the 1500m B with a time of 6:10.1 as a PB, finished 4th in the 100m A with a time of 15.5s for another PB, and took 4th place in the Long Jump A with 3.49m. William Newman ran an excellent race in the 200m B and was rewarded with a PB of 17.1s and 3rd place. William also clocked 37.3s for 4th place in the 200m B and came 3rd in the Shot Put with 2.95m.

William Newman

The Under-13 Girls started with a PB for Eva Watkins in the 70m hurdles to finish 2nd place in the B with a time of 15.7s, improving by 0.4s. She then went on to run 17.0s for the 100m to finish 3rd in the B and jumped 1.00m to win the B string of her first high-jump competition. Aliya bounced back from a tough start in the hurdles to come 2nd in the A high jump with 1.22m and then gained a valuable 3rd place in her first Javelin competition to finish 3rd with a throw of 6.94m.

A typically strong Tamworth performance in the 800m ended with Kirsten McLaren and Annie Boonham winning the A and B races with times of 2:34.0 and 2:43.7 respectively. Kirsten went on to claim 2nd place in the 200m with a time of 30.7s, and win the B Shot Put with a PB of 5.11m. Annie also threw a PB in the of 5.12m for 3rd place in the Shot Put A, and jumped 4.22m for a PB and a win in the Long Jump.

Layla Burgess had an excellent day as she ran a PB of 15.7s to claim 3rd place in the 100m, ran 33.6s for another 3rd place PB in the 200m B, and finished with another PB of 2.49m in the long jump. The girls relay team of Layla, Aliya, Annie and Kirsten then clocked 59.6s to win the 4x100m.

For the Under-15 Boys, Will Fleming started the day close to a PB in Long Jump with 4.43m to finish 3rd. He then went on to run an excellent double of PBs with 13.4s for 4th place in the 100m and 27.0s for 2nd place in the 200m.

Jack Walklate was hampered by a nerve injury in his leg, but still recorded 3.38m in the Under-17 Men’s Long Jump for a valuable 5th place. He recorded a PB in Shot Put with 6.79m for 2nd place and ran a tough 100m to finish 4th in a time of 13.9s.

In the Under-17s competition, Arantxa Middleton, ran the 800m to finish in second place with a PB of 2:33.5.

Overall it was a very enjoyable day for all involved, and many thanks to all family and friends who travelled to support and assist on the day. Tamworth stay in 2nd place in the overall Division 4 standings, heading into the last match home fixture at Tamworth on 18th August.

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