Harriers excel on all terrains

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It was a busy weekend for athletes from Leigh Harriers with the National Women’s 6 Stage Relays at Birmingham, three open athletics meetings, and the first of the fell race championships, the Pendle Hill Fell Race.

It was a great result from the ladies at the National 6 Stage Road Relays at Birmingham on Saturday; they finished in 14th place out of more than 50 teams.

The Leigh team were minus three from the team which won them the Northern title at Heaton park but nevertheless it was an outstanding performance from Abigail Howarth, Sarah Griffiths, Dionne Allen, Georgina Leck, Danielle Allen, and Emma Moore. The team also finished fourth from the north of England.

In the Pendle Hill fell race, Eve Williams (23:16) and Kristian Wade (21:23) made a good start to their championship battle.

Both runners were running in their first race as U14, and finished in seventh and 14th places respectively.

In the Wigan Open Athletics Meeting and in very windy conditions, Jacob Briscoe U15 had a fantastic race on the track in the 800m, clocking a time of 2:20.3 pb for 1st place. In a mixed age group race, Callum McCormick (2:03.8) Jake Dearden (2:13.5) and Tom Eldridge (2:24.9pb) placed first, 2nd, and 3rd respectively in their U17 age group.

Kurtis Aspden raced to fourth place in his 100m clocking 12.9 seconds.

In the U11 girls long jump, Gabriella Booth jumped 2.95m for fourth place.

In the shot putt, Sean Clove threw 9.00m for the 4k shot for 1st place.

Meanwhile in the open medal meeting at Warrington and after a very long wait as the meeting was running over schedule by 2 hours, Keely Hodgkinson U13, running in her first 1500m, clocked 5:07 ranking her first in the UK for the distance.

Other notable performances came from Coel Mellor second 600m 2.04, Joanna Smith first 200m.

At Wakefield on Saturday, Ben McLaughlin U13 raced to first place with another pb in the 800m clocking 2:25.49 and placing him second in the North West and 12th in the UK.