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!