Olivia Reah, Jake Darby and Glenn Aspindle win big at Cudworth
The Yorkshire County Championships were held at Cudworth, Barnsley at the weekend, 12th and 13th of May 2018. There were 12 Track & Field athletes from Spenborough & District AC and a majority of those became medallists at the meeting. Olivia Reah is the Yorkshire Champion for the U17 Women’s Triple Jump, with a distance of 9.53m – a personal best for Olivia. She also competed in the Long Jump, and put together a PB of 4.76m, coming 8th of the 13 competitors in the event. Jake Darby is the Yorkshire Champion for the U20 Men’s Hammer Throw, with a distance of 33.06m. Jake also earned a Bronze Medal in the U20 Men’s Shot Put, with a season’s best distance of 10.09m. Glenn Aspindle is the Yorkshire Champion for the Senior Men’s Javelin, with a distance of 48.48m and he also won Bronze in the Senior Men’s Triple Jump, with a lifetime best of 12.83m. James Bell was awarded a Silver Medal in the U13 Boys’ Shot Put, with a PB distance of 7.66m. This was actually the same distance as thrown by the Yorkshire Champion, Lincoln Walsh from City of York, but Lincoln had a better distance for his next best throw, so James just missed out on the count-back! James also came 4th in the U13 Boy’s High Jump, with a height of 1.20m. Luke Marshall got a Silver Medal in the U17 Men’s High Jump, with a height of 1.65m, another PB. Charlotte Bell registered a season’s best of 35.69m in the U20 Women’s Hammer Throw, but was beaten into 4th by some tough competition, with Jessica Hirst from Halifax getting the Bronze Medal. Charlotte also registered a SB distance of 27.51m in the U20 Women’s Discus, coming 5th in the event. On the track, Molly Waring earned two Silver Medals, one in the U20 Women’s 400m Hurdles, with a PB time of 66.55s and the other in the U20 Women’s 400m, with a time of 60.71s. Natalie Groves was awarded a Silver Medal in the U15 Girl’s 300m, achieving a SB of 43.17s in the heat and then beating that to a lifetime best of 41.78s in the final, where she only lost out to the champion by 0.2 of a second. The sprints were very competitive at the Championships, where Dom Lamb qualified in the Senior Men’s 100m with a time of 11.15s but this had taken so much out of him that he could not compete in the final, which was won by Connor Wood of Sale Harriers in a time of 10.80s. Lewis Barnes competed in the U15 Boy’s 100m, achieving a PB of 12.37s in heat 3, and a PB of 25.53s in the U15 Boy’s 200m heats, but it was not enough to qualify for the finals. His brother, Lucas Barnes, ran in the U13 Boy’s 100m, but even with a great time of 15.36s, could not qualify. Lucas also competed in the U13 Boy’s Long Jump, coming 7th with 3.71m and he competed in the U13 Boy’s 800m heats, posting a PB of 2:43.87, but did not qualify for the final. Simon Bolland ran in the Senior Mens’ 800m, qualifying 3rd in the heats with an excellent time of 2:05.84, but he could not repeat that time later in the finals. He also ran in the Senior Men’s 1500m, finishing 6th with a time of 4:22.82 Congratulations to all those that took part in what turned out to be a very competitive event, conducted in great conditions and everyone should be very proud of their performances. Well done!