You always expect it to be wet and windy in Stoke, and it didn’t disappoint. An 8-strong team of Tamworth athletes did put in some excellent performances to help the club to 6th place in the match out of 8 teams and a good start to the season.
Reduced numbers in the mens category, but both contributed to the overall effort. Will Flemming jumped 4.94m for 4th place in the Long Jump and then had tough runs in the 100m and 400m for team points. Ben Godber jumped 3.57m in the Long Jump for 4th Place U17, and then went onto smash his PB for 2nd place in the High Jump with 1.44m. Ben finished off his day with 4th place in the 800m in a time of 2:21 in a good race.
Niamh Kilgallen had her usual day full of events, starting with 8.83m for 2nd in the shot, jumping 5.10m to win the Long Jump, reaching 1.55m to win the High Jump, and then 28.2s for a hard fought 2nd place in 200m. Competing alongside in the High Jump her was younger sister Jess Kilgallen who jumped 1.30m for 2nd place in the U17 High Jump, and then finished 5th in the 800m and 2nd in the B 300m with a time of 52.9s.
First up for the U17 Women had been Jess Salt and Stefi Honkowicz in the Shot Put finishing 7th and 2nd in the A&B competitions with 6.08m and 4.88m respectively. Jess went onto jump 3.56m for 5th place in a rainy long jump with Evie Caffrey jumping 3.25m for 3rd place in the B. Evie had earlier run an excellent 1500m finishing in 4th place with a time of 5:28.7. On the track Stefi and Jess K went in a very delayed 300m and recorded times of 52.5s and 52.9s with Stefi 5th in the A and Jess 2nd in the B. Stefi went onto run the 3000m finishing 2nd in a very strong display with a massive PB of 10:51.2 which is a Level 7 performance.
Chloe Purkiss made her season debut in the 200m finishing 6th in a time of 30.4s, and then went onto run the 4×100 relay with Jess S, Jess K and Evie for 6th place in a time of 59.5s. Our last event of the day was the 4x400m U20 relay with Niamh, Jess S, Evie and Stefi running an excellent 4:33.8 for 2nd place.
Many thanks to all athletes and families for coming along, thanks to Rob James, Deb Cash, Fiona Meldrum, Alastair Flemming and Lorraine Godber for the help with officiating.