The return of Injury AC
By Jake Darby
Injuries weren't going to overshadow the success of Spen athletes at Sunny Scunny
We travelled to Sunny Scunny for the final YDL Upper of the season, with numbers low through injuries and other commitments, we fielded 9 athletes in total. A disappointing turnout but well done to all those who competed are in order.
Starting with the under 20 Men, Jacob Pollard found good form to end the YDL season with a seasons best in the 100 metres and also in the long jump as well as a strong run in the 200 metres to claim fourth place. Connor Bell increased his personal bests in the hammer throw and the javelin as well as adding points to the teams total in the shot and the discus. Ben Wilson ran an excellent 100 metres in a Pb time but was just pipped to first place, the first injury of the day struck and ruled Ben out of any further events. The other Ben on the team feared the same fate, as Ben Maddocks picked up an injury after a successful day. Ben ran a cracking 400 metres in a Pb time to finish second, along with a victory in the 400 hurdles and first tries at the long jump and 200 metres before joining the injured club.
In the under 20’s women team, Charlotte Bell finished second in the discus with a seasons best throw, backed up by a comfortable third place in the shot putt before adding more points on in the hammer and javelin. Molly Waring was the one to beat with a first place finish in the 100, 200 and 400 metres, running Pb’s in the 100 and 200 metres.
Onto the under 17 men where Daniel Smith equalled his Pb in an impressive 400 metres to claim second place, a tight race saw him hold off a fourth place finish before finishing his day with increasing Team Spens points in the shot putt.
Finally the under 17 women, where Natalie Groves edged a well ran 300 metres to be victorious, along with a Pb run in the 200 to finish second. A coaching session from Andy transformed Natalie’s javelin performance into a Pb throw. Olivia Reah was another for the injury list, however battling through the injury, Oliva jumped to a second place in the triple jump and a comfortable third place in the long jump.
With injuries cropping up we were unable to field any relay teams.
Thank you once again to our fabulous officials, scoring joint top points for officiating once again! A big bonus to our team’s score comes from our officials who give up their time to help team Spen.
Thank you to everyone involved this season! Even though we were few in number, every athlete did their bit for team Spen and tried their hearts out.
From Dom and I, we are proud of everyone who has been part of the team this year. To those who picked up injuries use this time to recover and get fit and finish the season in style with the other competitions.
So what did the final match standings look like:
1. Kingston Upon Hull- 788.0
2. Chesterfield- 545.5
3. Hallamshire- 444.5
4. Scunthorpe- 375.5
5. Bingley- 336.0
6. Spenborough- 263.0
7. Grimsby and Louth- 113.5
8. Lincoln Wellington- 99.0
Final league standings:
1. Kingston Upon Hull
7. Lincoln Wellington
8. Grimsby and Louth