Trafford Open Meeting - Easter Monday
In the 2nd Trafford Open U15 Track and Field Meeting, young Leigh Harriers athletes enjoyed a successful day with personal best performances radiating throughout the team.
The performance of the day came from 12-year-old Ben McLaughlin who in the U13 1500m exceeded himself by slicing nearly 3 seconds off his previous best time of 4:50.2 to win by 8 seconds in an astonishing 4:47.9, a Grade 1 time and putting him firmly back into the UK No.1 spot.
Eve Williams toed the line in her second race of the weekend.
Only two days before Eve had raced in the Rivington Pike Fell Race, in which she finished 4th in the U14 category, giving her a great start to this years’ Fell Running Championships.
No hills on the track though, Eve raced to a personal best time of 5:20.0 in her first ever 1500m race to rank her 14th in the North West.
Josef Short U13 made a good start to his middle distance career; in his first ever 800m Josef ran a well-judged race to finish in 2:36.6, which ranks him 10th in the North West and shows great promise for the season. Short also threw 4.01 pb in the SP.
Kyle Jones U13 was also running in his first track race of the season and in fact his first race at the 1500m distance; Jones showed a clean pair of heels to win the 2nd 1500m heat 5:15.7 showing great potential for the coming season. He also competed in the LJ 3.15pb.
Connor Patterson U15 raced to a pb in the 200m sprints clocking a pb time of 28.00, LJ 4.44 a seasons best performance.
Joseph Wane U15 clocked a pb for the 1500m with a time of 5:04.9, whilst training partner Jacob Briscoe U15 300m 47.5, 800m 2:24.6.
Billy Blain had a mixed afternoon clocking 29.6 for the 200mand recording a pb for the SP with6.26. Coel Mellor recorded a pb in the 150m 25.10 to place 4th in his heat.
Faye Bayman U11was a very busy girl, finishing 2nd in her heat of the 150m 23.5, 600m 2:02 pb, 4th LJ 3.24.
Joanna Smith raced to a seasons best in the 800m 2:50.6, whilst fellow U13 team mate Nadine Smith clocked 3:19.4 for her first ever 800m and ran 26.7 150m pb.