Sunday, 22 February 2009

Harriers duo deliver in Regional Sportshall finals

Charlotte Bowker and Jenny Sherwin performed with great credit today when they were part of Greater Manchester's 3rd placed Under 13 Girls team in the Regional Sportshall Finals at Robin Park Arena, Wigan.

Jenny kicked off proceedings with an excellent first leg run in the 4x1 lap obstacle relay, helping her team to a 3rd place finish.

Charlotte then earned a bronze medal in the 6 lap, battling on despite suffering from a groin strain on the 4th lap when challenging for the lead. Fortunately the damage was only short term and, after a short break, she was able to claim a bronze in the vertical jump with a score of 51.

Jenny continued her good form in a highly competitive speed bounce, finishing just outside the medal placings with a score of 73.

Charlotte rounded off our athletes' participation, teaming up with Wigan's Natalie Thompson to finish 3rd in the 8 lap parlauf race.

Well done to both girls for their efforts and to their families for giving them great support all day.

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Regional date for Charlotte and Jenny

Junior Harriers excellent showing in the GM Sportshall Chapionships was recognised further today with the news that Charlotte Bowker and Jenny Sherwin have been selected to represent Greater Manchester in the Regional Sportshall Championships on 22nd February at Robin Park Arena, Wigan. They will compete in the Under 13 Girls category alongside fellow GM athletes against teams from across the North West.

Well done to both and all the best for further success on the day.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Harriers round off Sportshall season in style

Our biggest-ever Junior Harriers squad delivered a host of excellent performances in the GM Championships last Sunday. Three individual gold medals, a silver and a bronze were backed up by a team silver and bronze for our Under 11 Boys and Under 13 Girls A relay teams. A stunning 16 personal bests were spread across the age ranges and events, along with some exciting debut performances.

Individual glory was tasted by Charlotte Bowker who took gold in the vertical jump and in a fourth successive victory in the 6 lap time trial, debutant Jenny Sherwin who took silver in the speed bounce, Amelia Gavin who bagged a bronze in the vertical jump and Jack Walsh in the 6 lap time trial.

Our Under 11 Boys relay team (pictured above) won through to the 4x2 lap final, where, after solid teamwork from James Scott and Harry Wain in legs 1 and 2, a blistering 3rd leg by Adam Boardman set up Lewis Thirsk to carry the baton home for a thrilling silver. The Under 13 Girls showed tremendous team spirit again, with Sophie Thirsk, Beth Greenwood, Naomi Richardson and Charlotte Bowker coming home in a close third for a well earned bronze medal.

Amongst many other good performances throughout the day were debutant Dante Dawes and Lewis Thirsk's progress to the final of the 1 lap, PBs for Beth Greenwood and Naomi Richardson in the standing triple jump along with an excellent debut 4th place for Jenny Sherwin.

Well done to all of our athletes who took part in a memorable day's athletics, which highlighted the rapid progress Junior Harriers have made during the winter season. Thanks also to all the parents and friends who supported our athletes so enthusiastically on Sunday, your backing was a big factor in the athletes success and is appreciated by the athletes and the coaching team.

Next up in March is 'the real thing' when we return to Sportcity but this time for an indoor junior athletics meeting using the full indoor track and field facilities. Lets see another big squad having a go at what is an exciting event and a great experience. The coaching team will be giving you entry details at training this month, information will also be on this website.