Young athletes at Harriers

Action from the meeting at LSV
Action from the meeting at LSV

The Leigh Harriers Open Meeting brought more than 250 young athletes from all over the country to their track at Leigh Sports Village.

The huge amount of youngsters who took part in the meeting suggests that the London 2012 Olympic legacy may be paying off.

The young athletes travelled from the North East, East Yorkshire, the Midlands and even as far as West London, bringing more competition for the local athletes. The event had more than 60 competitors from the Leigh Harriers Athletics club itself.

Joe Galvin, club chairman, said: “We were absolutely delighted to see so many children brought by their families to our track. The standard of competition was very high, with sprinters; middle distance and field event athletes breaking personal bests and showing just how much talent we have in this country. We wanted to showcase both our own athletes and provide an opportunity for others to compete and I think the fact more than 250 kids showed up from 30+ different clubs shows how popular athletics has become.”

Melissa Evans, a member of Leigh Harriers, managed to run the u15 girls 300m in 44.2 seconds. Enough to give her an AAA grade four standard at u17 level.

Competition was high in the middle distance runners, but the stand out performer of the day was probably Ben Lee from the Vale Royal club, Cheshire, who finished in 2:18.7 giving him an AAA grade one standard.