Keely leads Leigh Harriers’ medal charge

Keely Hodgkinson of Leigh Harriers takes first place on the podium
Keely Hodgkinson of Leigh Harriers takes first place on the podium
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Leigh’s golden girl Keely Hodgkinson lead the charge for medals at the Greater Manchester Track and Field Championships at Macclesfield on Saturday and Sunday as the Leigh team won a total of 17 medals.

Twelve-year-old Keely won double gold in the under-13 girls 800mts and 1200mts breaking both club and championship records – first in the 800 mts winning the heat in a time of 2.22.8 and the final with a time of 2.20.01 breaking the Championship Best Performance which has stood since 1985.

The following day Keely was back on the track to compete in the 1200 mts race and if the previous day’s performance in the 800 mts was outstanding then this run in the 1200mts was amazing!

Leading from the gun she powered round the track in a record breaking time of 3.45.4 which is a Championship Best Performance, the time puts her top of the rankings in the country and is ninth on the all-time list on the power of ten.

Ben McLaughlin was also a double gold medal winner first in the under 13 boys 800 mts championships running a personal best time of 2.22.76; he powered round to win his first gold medal of the championships. Day two saw a repeat performance in the 1500mts again well in front of the field as he crossed the line in 4.55.2 to win his second gold of the championships.

Ethan Jones continued the medal quest in the boys under fifteen 800mts taking the lead from the gun he was never headed winning in a time of 2.13.91; Callum McCormick running in the under 17 men’s 800 mts went under two minutes for the fourth time this season winning his first Greater Manchester title in a time of 1.59.2. Billy Blaine won gold and bronze in the Shot and Javelin events, throwing in the under 13 boys events Billy struck gold in the Shot put 6.89m, and bronze in the Javelin event throwing 24.20m. Silver medal went to Josef Short in the under 13 boys 800 mts with a time of 2.31.2; Jacob Briscoe won double bronze medals in the under 15 boys 800mts and 1500mts running times of 2.17.62 and 4.49.2 respectively both personal best times. Laura Hickey was also a double bronze medal winner in her first county championships in the under 13 girls’ sprints, winning third places in the 75mts 10.56sec and 150mts 20.81 sec both personal best times. Bronze medals were won by Kyle Jones in the 1500mts under 13 boys race 5.18, Eve Williams in the Girls under fifteen 1500mts 5.06.2, Joanna Smith in the under 13 girls shot putt 5.73m, and Cerys Baines in the under 17 girls Discus 22.66m. Personal best times were run by Kristian Wade in the 1500mts 4:52 in the 1500mts, Joanna Smith 2:41 in the 800mts and Grace Newton 2:46.0 in the same race, Melissa Evans in the under 17 ladies 300mts 44.66sec, Joseph Wane in the under 15 boys 300mts 48.51sec and Lucas White in the long jump 3.75m, Sanna McLean just missed a medal in 4th place in the girls under 15 100mts running a personal best time of 13.71 sec.

Leigh harriers head coach Joe Galvin said: “These results were the best from the junior section for many years and shows a bright future for the club”.