Sixteen year old Leigh Harrier Callum McCormick was the winner of the Northern Inter-Counties U17 boys 800m race at Derby on Saturday representing his home county of Greater -Manchester.
In far from ideal conditions with torrential rain thoughout the race, Callum the Greater Manchester 800m Champion and in his first inter-counties experience on the track, raced away from a good class field winning the race in a time of 1:57.00; this crowned an outstanding seven days of racing having won the Mid-Lancs Track and Field League under 17 boys 800m in 1:58.90 and the 400 mts in a personal best time of 53.20sec.
2nd John Gerrard Memorial YA T&F Meeting
Leigh Harriers were hosts to the 2nd John Gerrard Young Athletes Track and Field medal meeting at Madely Park, Leigh Sports Village on Sunday.
The meeting attracted more than200 young athletes and the home team won a total of 30 medals – nine gold, seven silver and 14 bronze. This year a one mile race was included to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the sub 4 minute mile and the Leigh U13 boys were 1st 2nd and 3rd.
Competing at this distance was Ben McLaughlin who broke his own 1 mile record to record 5:20.8; Kyle Jones won silver with 5:32.1, Elliot Livingston 3rd 5:38.7. In the U15 events Ethan Jones won the mile race in 5:08.4 Kristian Wade was 2nd 5:17.5, Joseph Wane 3rd 5:25.2; Jones also won a silver medal in the shot putt event with a throw of 8.10m and a second gold in the 300m clocking 41.00secs, with Connor Patterson 2nd 43.80secs and also winning a bronze medal in the long jump with 4.39m.
In the U15 girls’ mile race Eve Williams ran hard to win in 5:53.0; Sanna McLean also U15 won a bronze medal in the 100 mts in a time of 13.90sec. In the U13 girls’ shot putt Joanna Smith won with a putt of 6.59m.
Karran Kapur-Walton won gold in the high jump clearing 1.25m and bronze in both the 100m 14.15sec and 200m 29.40sec. Ella Unsworth took silver and bronze – 2nd in the 75 mts 10.74sec and 3rd in the Javelin 17.46cm. The U11 age group saw Joseph Kinsella sprint to a golden double winning the 75m in 10.53sec and the 150m in 21.80sec. Faye Bayman won silver in the Long Jump 3.57m, 3rd in the 600m 2.00.3 and 3rd in the 75m 11.40sec; Ellie Grace Wormald won a well deserved silver in the 75m 11.33sec. The Harriers won more medals in the under 9 races with Shay Henson winning silver medal in the 150m 25.40sec and bronze medals in 75m 12.80sec and in the 600m 2:12.0. Dillon Walker won 2 bronze medals in 75m 13.27sec and the 150m 26.50sec. Daniel Coop was also a bronze medal winner in the long jump 2.19m.
Mid Lancs T&F Meeting Salt Ayre, Lancaster
A small contingent of Leigh athletes made the trip to Salt Ayre, Lancaster on Sunday. Keely Hodgkinson broke her own club record for under under 13 girls 1500m at Lancaster on Sunday; in extremely windy conditions she ran a time of 4:55.70.
Connor Patterson U15 competed in the 100m 13.6, 400m 64.9 and long jump 4.22m. Also in the U15’s Joseph Wane clocked 2:31.6 for the 800m, whilst in the girls U15s Rebecca Woolley clocked 13.7 for the 100m. In the U13s Leah Kinsella recorded 15.6 for the 100m, Aaron Lester clocked 14.7 for the 100m.
* Leigh Harrier Dionne Allen has won selection to represent England at the World Long Distance Mountain Championships in Colorado in August; Dionne will run for England in the senior ladies team.