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North of England U15/U13 Indoor Championships 2017

- 7th Feb 2017

Stockport Harriers Under 15 and Under 13 Athletes produced the Club’s best ever performance at an Indoor Championships this weekend, bringing back a record haul of thirteen medals across the age groups and events.

In the Under 15 Girls there was a clean sweep for Athletes from the Stockport Performance Sprints, Jumps & Combined Events Group in the Under 15 Girls Long Jump, won by second claim Athlete Grace Goodsell in a personal best and UK-leading distance of 5.44m, just six centimetres shy of former Group Member Amy Williams’ Championship best performance of 5.50m. Team-mate Abi Pawlett took the silver, equalling her Personal Best of 5.30m set just last week while Holly Aitchison took the bronze medal with 5.02m. As well as the Long Jump, Holly Aitchison produced an incredible series of personal best jumps to become North of England Champion and Gold medallist in the High Jump, finishing with a best height of 1.55m to rank 5th in the UK this year. Grace and Abi also followed up their long jump performances with more medals, taking Gold and Silver respectively in the 60m. Grace’s Championship winning time of 7.97 seconds was also a personal best and ranks her 6th in the UK this year, while Abi’s 8.10 seconds took the silver and ranks her 16th in the UK.

Two Athletes from the Harriers’ PSJCE Group made the Under 15 Girls 60m Hurdles final. Abi Pawlett, who is one of a number of the top multi-events Athletes in the Country in the Group and who in December bettered the Pentathlon performance of Jessica Ennis at the same age, won a third silver medal of the day, pipped to the line by just 1/100th of a second in a photofinish but running a big personal best of 9.12 seconds to rank 2nd in the country this year. Emily Misantoni ran a personal best time of 9.55 seconds to reach the final ran another personal best of 9.52 to finish fifth, ranking her inside the top 20 athletes in the UK this year.

The Under 15 Girls 800m was one of the outstanding races of the day. Second claim Stockport Athlete Daisy Worthington finished second in her heat behind Stockport Harriers Emily Misantoni, both running impressively to qualify for the final, Emily running a personal best time of 2:22.69. The final saw Daisy and Emily run clear of the field to finish first and second, pushing each other all the way to the line. The final result saw both Girls run yet more personal bests, Daisy taking the Gold medal in a time of 2:20.20 with Emily taking Silver just six 1/100ths behind in 2:20.26. The Girls rank 4th and 5th in the UK this year.

Dropping down an age group, Rebecca Cox beat off the after-effects of illness to take a well-deserved bronze medal in the Under 13 Girls High Jump with a jump of 1.35m. Jack Doodson left Sheffield as a double Northern Champion, taking the High Jump in a Championship Record of 1.46m before winning Long Jump Gold in a big new personal best of 4.73m, ranking top in the UK for High Jump and 2nd for the Long Jump. Adam Pennington rounded off the medal haul with a brilliant bronze in the Under 13 Boys Shot in a Personal Best of 6.46m.

Outside of the Medal placings there were plenty of other excellent performances and personal best results.

In the Under 15 Girls Long Jump Mia Beckitt just missed her PB in jumping 4.46m to finish 16th, with Amy Battle 23rd with 4.28m, Rebecca Roach 25th with 4.18m, Maija Dunne 32nd with 3.83m, just off her personal best of 3.88m and Rosie Lasseter 38th with 3.65m.

Amy Battle finished 9th in the Under 15 Girls Shot with a Personal Best throw of 9.10m with Evie Wild 12th with 7.76m,

Mia Beckitt 16th with 7.47m, Rosie Lasseter 21st with 5.66m and Maija Dunne 22nd with 5.44m. In the Under 13 Girls Long Jump Emma Wood Doyle finished 9th with a personal best of 3.78m, Rebecca Cox was 10th with 3.73m and just shy of her own personal best, and Lola Unsworth 11th with 3.69m, competing up an age group. Holly Stewart finished 14th with 3.48m and Seren Redfern, also competing up an age group, finished 17th with 3.13m.

Sam Ayre was unlucky in producing a personal best in the Under 13 Boys Long Jump yet missing a medal by just 3cm, with his 4.43m beaten to the bronze by Sheffield’s Will Lane in 4.46m.

Evie Wild ran 2:30.04 in the heats of the Under 15 Girls 800m, just missing out on a place in the final.

Rebecca Roach ran 30.09 in her first ever 200m race while both Mia-Rose Llewellyn and Amy Battle made the semi-finals of the same event, Mia-Rose running 27.66 and Amy running 28.31, Personal Best times for both the girls.

Under 11 Seren Redfern ran in the heats of the Under 13 Girls 200m, running a new lifetime best of 31.31 seconds, a full second faster than her previous best time.

Mia Beckitt ran a personal best time of 8.98 seconds in the heats of the Under 15 Girls 60m and Maija Dunne ran 9.12 seconds in her heat too. Rebecca Roach ran 8.97 seconds while Mia-Rose Llewellyn ran 8.81 seconds for fourth place in her heat.

Matthew Houlden competed in a highly competitive Under 15 Boys 60m, running well through the heats and semi-finals to make the final, running a best time of 7.67. Under 11 Lola Unsworth finished 7th in her heat of the Under 13 Girls 60m in a time of 9.40 seconds with Seren Redfern running 9.22 and Emma Wooddoyle 9.49 seconds in the following heat.

Adam Pennington and Sam Ayre both impressed in qualifying for the final of the Under 13 Boys 60m with personal bests of 8.72 and 8.86 seconds respectively, finishing fifth and seventh in the final.