LEAGUE UK FINALS
Edinburgh AC 771
Windsor Slough Eton and
Enfield & Haringey 745
Bromley and Blackheath 724
Sale Harriers Manchester 679
Rugby and Northampton AC 644
Birchfield Harriers 563
Preston Harriers 549
To finish what has been a busy and very successful season for the club, the 85 strong young athletes team from Rugby and Northampton AC made the trek to Manchester to compete in the last ever UK Finals of the Young Athletes League in what has been a very special year for athletics.
With no clash with the UK Schools Games this year there was a historic win for Edinburgh AC and a very creditable 6th spot for our local club against the country’s largest and most prestigious clubs.
The team came away with the Wilkinson Sword Trophy for the best team in the Midlands for the second year running.
With great and brave performances too numerous to mention R&N were roared on to success by the strong support team.
Very prestigious ‘A’ String track wins were hard to come by against unbelievable opposition.
The first came early on in the run of the season for Patrick Mills taking the 400m hurdles in 57.53 with Luke Townsend finishing his best season ever with a well deserved win in the sprint hurdles in 13.27 with Luke Bromley making it a golden double taking the B race in 14.38.
In the field there were double golds in Under 15 Boys with Long Jumpers Timothy Kerr Chin and Adam Shaw leaping 5.88 and 5.74m and in the discus with Joshua Arimorio throwing 34.83m to take the A win and Matthew Tildesley taking the B in 31.07m. Ladies javelin was certainly the place to be with four wins out of four.
In the Under 15 girls Louise Hanby was certainly on form taking the A win with 29.25m and Tia Clues the B with 24.32m.
In the older girls Megan Exley had a great throw of 34.26m to take the A win and Ellen O’Mahoney 26.47m to make the double.
In the sprints there was a great return to form after injury for Simone Ager taking two A race silvers both with grade one performances in the 100m in 12.79 and 200m in 25.82s.
Under 15 boy sprinters were in top form with Zachary Stapleton continuing his excellent season with a silver and Grade one performance in the 200m with 23.65 and a B win in the 100m in 11.79.
Zach was joined in the 200m by Rico Ewer, who even at the last minute showed fabulous potential taking the 200m B race in a Grade one time of 23.89.
In the older boys Caleb Downes ran another grade one 200m time to take 4th in 22.7s.
The pick of the distance races came in the 1500m where U15g team mates Lily Carmichael and Kirsty Goddard who have been evenly matched all season took two silvers in 4:58.23 and 5:02.55.
A new club record went in the U13b 1500m with Ewan Roberts taking silver in 04:47.77 with Adam Searle taking the B race in 5:14.17.
Improvers of the day went to two sprint hurdlers for knocking huge seconds off their pbs and showing what hurdling potential they have!
Molly Barnett ran a fabulous time of 13.06 in the U17W 80m hurdles with training partner Mia Rudman having an outstanding run in the U13g 70m hurdles in 12.49.
There were well deserved milestones in the High Jump for youngsters Finn Hutton who cleared 1.40m in the Under 13 boys and Lottie Isles clearing 1.30m.
All in all a fantastic day with every athlete giving their all for individual and team performances and medal and pbs too numerous to mention!
Next year sees the two national leagues merge to form the new YDL – Youth Development League which will see two competitions for Under 13 and Under 15s and a separate competition for Under 17s and Under 20s.
Junior Team Manager Janet Wright said: “This year has been very special for us with record numbers of athletes representing their counties at English Schools, medal winners in these championships and at national championships, an unbeaten performance in the Midlands Premier League and now sixth in the UK.
“As teenagers are continuing to stay in the sport at our club we have had our best ever finish in the National Junior League for under 20s, narrowly missing out on a UK Finals spot.
“We are looking forward to the challenges of the new league in 2013. We have had a great Olympic year with many memorable special events. Our club is a very exciting place to be at the moment and we have a large interest from new members of all ages.”