YDL Lower Age Group – 07/05

Glorious weather, outstanding competitive effort by all athletes, willing helpers and officials, all added up to an excellent start to the Lower Age Group competitions in 2023!

It is worth noting that Tamworth fielded a huge team of 27 young athletes at the event with 11 of them making their Track & Field debut. Given that there were 10 teams overall at the match they all performed admirably and very little sign of nerves from them, although plenty from their supporters. Overall Tamworth finished 2nd in Division B behind a large Solihull team, and were 4th highest scoring out of 10 teams in the 2 divisions at the match.

All the results for the athletes are shown below, along with any England Athletics PB Award levels reached, but a summary of the performances below.

Under 15 Boys

Will UptonUnfortunately carrying an injury into the event meant that Will was unable to take part in his track events, but added an extra javelin event to the discus that he had signed up for gave him 2 PB’s, a 2nd place in discus and valuable team points.
Zac EdwardsA great solo run in the 1500m got him within 2 seconds of a PB and a Level 3 performance. Personal bests in the long jump and discus to maximise his points.

Under 15 Girls

Blubel GozzardA debut for the club after 1 training session of hurdles the week before. Blubel ran excellently for the 75m hurdles, and despite clipping the last hurdle held on to win the B race. She then ran a non-scoring 100m to finish off and a great start for her.
Ella MossDue to the timetable Ella wasn’t able to run her preferred 1500m, and didn’t let this stop her filling her events. Ella knocked 7 seconds off her 800m PB, won the A Hammer, and took second in the High Jump. She finished the day as part of the victorious 4x300m quartet.
Emily StephensA great day for Emily with PB’s in the 100m and 200m in great form, and then helped out in the Javelin to claim 3rd place in the B string. EA PB level 5 in the 100m.
Grace HirstAnother super day on the track with Grace claiming a Level 8 PB in the 200m, and a Level 6 PB run in the 300m to win the B string. She also helped out by throwing the hammer for more valuable points.
Grace YoungMaking her debut, Grace ran an excellent non-scoring 100m and 800m, and winning the B string Long Jump with a great distance.
Holly PrestonHolly put together a great set of results for the day. She won the 300m in style with a storming new PB, she also set a new PB in High Jump, and then set the tone in the 4x300m with an outstanding lead-off leg.
Isla RogersA strong showing from Isla who started the day with 2nd place and a massive PB in the long jump. She then ran a seasons best in the 800m to claim a win, and then obliterated her PB in the Javelin with a massive 28.33m throw. She anchored the 4x300m team home in style.
Lucy HornbyA great run in the 1500m for Lucy’s first track outing since her big money move, and much appreciated points in the Discus. Finished her day with an excellent leg in the 4x300m relay.
Sophie GodberA great start to the day leading out the Hurdles squad, picking up 2nd place and then 2nd place in the B string 100m despite feeling the effects of a foot injury. Sophie went onto take 2nd place in the discus, and just about not hit a field official!

Under 13 Boys

Alex HallUsual high standards from Alex. Just below his PB for Long jump but still 2nd place, 2nd place in the 150m with an excellent run, and a great fighting performance to win the 800m. Alex anchored home the 4x100m relay team as well.
Freddie BurgessAfter starting with a quick sprint in the 75m, Freddie ran a measured race to win the 1200m in a great Level 6 time. He picked up valuable points in the javelin, before taking part in the 4x100m.
Jacob HarrisJacob was great to keep calm in his first ever match in intimidating circumstances. He ran well for 3rd place in the B string 800m, and then put in a good effort in the non-scoring 75m.
Morgan MackenzieAnother newcomer, Morgan claimed 3rd place in the B Long Jump, and then 2nd place in the B 75m and 150m, before taking part in the relay.
Toby DouglasToby had a great day in the field getting better each time with 3rd place in the High Jump, 2nd in the shot, and finishing with a win in the Javelin with a Level 5 performance, and was also in the relay.

Under 13 Girls

Bethany LivingstoneAfter plenty of cross country outings, Bethany took to the track and ran in the 800m as a non-scorer to record her first track time.
Brodie HorlerA busy day for Brodie who won her 75m smashing her PB with a Level 8 performance, and did the same again in the 150m. She jumped an excellent 3.8m in the long jump and finished the day in the victorious 4x100m squad.
Eliza GilmanDespite being nervous Eliza put in an excellent performance with a great 800m non-scoring time, and then straight over to shot-put to take 2nd place in the B string and should be proud.
Ellie LewisOur throwing star fired as usual picking up 2nd place in the Shot, and 2nd place in the B string javelin, and gained great points for the team.
Emily WebbStrong performances from Emily on her debut with an excellent 75m time, 4th place in the high jump, and taking part in the 4x100m relay win.
Freya ArmitageSuper start for the day for Freya winning the B string hurdles, and then had a long wait for the 1200m in unlikely hot conditions. Freya took 2nd place in the B string 1200m.
Grace Thompson-MooreAnother new hurdler took to the event straight away and recorded a win in a quick time. Grace went onto take 3rd place in the javelin with a 15m plus throw.
Matilda HusselbeeAfter being thrown in the 1200m late on, Matilda ran a great race to finish 2nd in the A string, and also jumped 1.0m for 3rd place in the B string high jump.
Robyn EdwardsOne of the more “experienced” members of the Under 13 team, Robyn fought excellently for 3rd place in the 800m with a Level 4 time, and then set a PB in the Long Jump for B String 3rd place.
Rosa FarmerRosa carried on in the same vein as her pre-season races with PB’s in the 75m and 150m hitting very high EA PB standards, and then anchored home the 4x100m relay team for victory.
Rose YoungA varied day for Rose who ran a quick non-scoring 75m, took 2nd place in the B string 800m, and then made up the 4x100m quartet who took the win.

Many thanks to all athletes and families for coming along, thanks to Rob James, James Hornby, Deb Cash, Liz Neville, Hayley McLaren, Andy Day, Matt Evans, Jonathan Salt, Jane James, Paul Tasker, Gordon Densley, Pat Wileman, Dave Williams, Phil & Ron the Announcers and Lorraine Godber for the help with organising, officiating, and running the day. Also thanks for the Edwards family and Rogers family for pitching in with the hurdles shifting, milk runs, and toilet maintenance!

Next Fixtures:

  • 21st May Heart of England at Stourport
  • 28th May Upper Age Group at Loughborough
  • 3rd June Lower Age Group at Tamworth

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