After a season of tough athletics with two league matches being decided by a point Leigh Harriers senior track and field team produced an out-standing performance at the last league match of the season scoring more than 400 points to win the Northern Division 2 league title for the first time in the clubs’ history.
On a sunny day at the harriers home ground on Leigh Sports Village, Leigh were hosts to the final league match of the season with the whole team producing top performances during an afternoon of intense competition.
Emma Bilsbury opened Leigh’s account winning the ladies pole vault, which was to be the first of 17 wins and 16 second paces during the afternoon.
The team scored heavily in the field with events Mark Pendlbury winning the Discus 35.73m, shot putt 12.51m and 3rd in the hammer 21.39m; Wayne Todd scored maximum points in the javelin 47.36m and 1st in the B shot 10.06m.
Peter Todd won both the B Javelin and Discus events with throws of 38.85m and 23.10m and Jake Knox in the triple jump finished second place 11.39m.
Carla Winstanley won the womens’ shot putt 9.55m and and was 3rd in the hammer 25.64m, 1st in the B Discus 20.22m, and 2nd in the B Javelin 19.54m.
Vicky Monaghan had two second places with 23.08m in the Discus and 1.35m in the High Jump; Wendy Laing threw to 1st place in the B Shot 8.80 m, 2nd in the High Jump 1.50m and 3rd in the Long Jump; Melissa Evans was 2nd B long jump 4.32 m.
On the track first places were won by Laura Riches winning the 800m and the 1500m in 2:19.5 and 4:43.1 respectively. Louisa Thompson won the 3000m 10:57.6, with Georgina Leck winning the B race 11:07.9; Sarah Griffiths won the B 1500m 4:58.3 and Melissa Evans ran to the wire in a close finish to win in the 400m B race in a time of 64.8.
Where every point counts to the final team scores, good performances came from Katie Fairhurst in the 100m 5th 14.0 sec and 4th in the 200m 29.4sec, Emma Bilsbury won valuable points also with 1st in the pole vault, 3rd in the Triple Jump 8.23m, 4th in the 400 hurdles 84.3 sec, 4th in the 100 hurdles 24.2sec and 5th in the hammer.
Courtney Donald was 3rd in the 800m 2:34.0, 4th in the 400 m 64.9sec and 4th in the Javelin 21.74m.
In the mens events good point winning performances came from Liam Moore 2nd in the 800m 2:07.8, 2nd in the 1500m 4:32.3, 2nd in the Triple Jump 9.77m, 4th in the High Jump 1.50m and Long Jump 4.61m.
Tommy Henders finished in 2nd place in the 1500m 4:09.3, Phil Williams 2nd in the 3000m steeple chase 10:39.2, 3rd in the 400m hurdles; Scott Hughes won 2nd place in the B chase 11:47.2. Duncan McCarrick and John Indricks won top points in the 110 mts Hurdles 2nd in the A race 22.1sec and 1st in the B race 22.1 sec; Neil Pendlebury ran a personal best time finishing 3rd in the 5000m 15:47.0, Ryan Butler was 2nd in the B race 17:11.7, Jake Knox ran 53.9sec for 3rd place in the 400 mts, and Jake Dearden was 3rd in the B race 57.2 sec and 4th in the 800m A race 2:08.3; Darren Smith was 4th in the 400m hurdles 67.2 sec, while in the sprints Adam Emmison was 6th in the 100m 12.6sec, Josh Kavanagh in his first race of the season ran 11.9 sec in the B 100m race; in 5th place Peter Hickey won his best place of the season in the 200 mts finishing in 2nd place 25.1 sec .
The Leigh team ended up comfortable winners scoring over 400 points for the first time this season and won the League title by 3 clear points. The team go to the playoff match at Doncaster to try to win a place back into division 1.
Twelve year old Keely Hodgkinson, running at a Liverpool medal meeting at Wavertree mid-week, broke her own club record; competing in the under 15 girls 1500m Keely ran a time of 4:47.6 ranking her number 3 in the country.
Central Lancs Road Race Grand Prix
Leigh’s senior road racing team were in top form at the Astley Park Trails race on Wednesday.
The race is part of the Central Lancs Road Race Grand Prix and saw Neil Pendlbury continue with his outstanding form winning his second race in as many weeks; racing away from a good class field Neil crossed the line in a time of 23:50.0.
A much improved Tommy Henders was 5th in 24:51.00,Phil Williams 6th 24:58, Dave Smith 15th 25:52 and Jimmy Cooke in 35th place 27:46 giving the Leigh team a dominant win.
Leigh Ladies were also in top form, Laura Riches raced to an outstanding win in 26:01 with Louisa Thompson not far behind in 2nd place 28:10 a one two for the ladies team.
Unfortunately with three to count for the ladies team prize, the Leigh team left empty handed.