Athletics: Close encounters in junior track and field competition


Beryl Clay rounds up the latest athletics reports from the Boston area

Boston and District Athletic Club Junior Track & Field Competition.

There were some close encounters at the first of this season’s Boston and District A.C. Junior Track and Field Competitions held at their B-Hive Athletics Centre on Punchbowl Lane on Saturday morning. In the Under 11 age group Macey Andrews won three events . Opening with victory in the 80 metres recording 14.4 secs Macey then secured first place in the Long Jump with a clearance of 2.93m . A time of 10.7secs in the 50m. Hurdles gave Macey a good treble. Alice Parsons achieved two wins in addition to finishing second in both 50m Hurdles 11.2secs and 80 metres 14.6 secs.. In the first field event on the programme the Triple Jump Alice cleared 6.21m in first place and went on to win the Shot Putt competition with 3.46m. At the end of the 600 metres race Jamie Westland had a clear victory showing good pace judgement to finish in 2 mins 25 secs. just ahead of Shane Canham who recorded 2 mins 28secs. Jamie was also second in Long Jump with a leap measuring 2.82m and Shot putting 2.86m. In the Under 11 High Jump Jenson Barkworth and Shane Canham both cleared 90cm to share first position.

In the Under 9 age group Rosie Owen won the 50 metres in 11,3 secs , the Long Jump with a leap of 1.52m amd the Cricket Ball Throw with a distance of 7.95m for a trio of victories. Hadleigh Bedford achieved four first places winning the 50m Hurdles in 12,9 secs , the Triple Jump clearing 5,39m , the 400 metres in 1 min. 44 secs and the High Jump going over the bar at 70cm. Joshua Mowbray was second in the 50 metres in 13.2 secs and the Cricket Ball with 4.55m.

Johnny Wilkinson won five of the seven Under 7 events. On the track he recorded 11.0secs in the 50 metres, and 1 min. 12 secs for the 300 metres and in field events secured victories in Long Jump with a leap of 2.13m., Triple Jump with 4,20m. and High Jump with a clearance of 70cm.. Georgia Ward showed some good rhythm over the barriers to win the 50m Hurdles race in 14.1 secs.and also finished second in High Jump clearing 60cm , 50 metres recording 11.6 secs.and 300 metres clocking 1 min 24 secs. Terry Wilkinson won the Cricket Ball throw achieving a distance of 10.71m.

Pictured above are some of the Boston & District Athletic Club Junior Track And Field Competition competitors.

Boston & District A.C. “Friday Five” Road Races

The host club’s Tony Tomlin won the first of this season’s series of Friday Five Road Races starting at the B - Hive last Friday evening. The first race in the series over 5K was held in cool breezy conditions with Tony returning in 21mins .27secs.. Alicia Woodcock was second across the finish line recording 22mins 02 secs with Vivienne Martin (Vet 55) third in 24mins 14 secs. The next two races in the series are on Friday next ( June 14th) and the following week (21st) will be over the same 5K course with the events on Fridays in July on 12th , 19th & 26th over a 5 mile distance. The 2013 series of Friday Fives concludes with races over 5 k on August 9th and 16th. Races start at 7pm with entries accepted up to 6-45pm on the day. North of England Track & Field League

Boston and District representatives achieved a total of twelve personal best performances at the second North of England Track and Field League match at Grimsby on Sunday. The “Gold Tops” moved up to fourth place finishing behind Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Hallamshire Harriers but ahead of Wombwell.

A number of Under 17 athletes made impressive debuts with more seasoned athletes also giving a good account of themselves on a cold blustery day at the King George V Stadium. Jose` Ferriera achieved a personal best time in winning the Mens 800 metres recording 2 mins 09 secs and also won maximum points in the 1,500 metres. clocking 4 mins. 30.1 secs. Over 5,000 metres Jose` crossed the finish line in second place in a time of 17 mins 13.4 secs. and ran a leg in the 4 x 100m Relay to make a considerable contribution to the BADAC team points total. Alice Flint won the 400m Hurdles in 72.7secs and also claimed third position in the flat 400 metres clocking 63.5 secs.

A 200 metres run in 27.9 secs gave Alice another third place and a Long Jump clearance of 4.47m earned further third place points before she featured in the “Gold Tops” womens 4 x 100m relay performance. Emma Penson claimed fifth position with a “PB” 13.11m Hammer throw. In addition to winning the Womens Pole Vault with a clearance of 2.30m. Jenny Rose returned from Grimsby with three personal best performances. The twenty year old finished second in both the B 200 metres race recording 31.0 secs and the B Triple Jump leaping 8.78m and added a third in the B 100 metres race to clock 14.7 secs and chalk up a trio of very satisfying PB’s. Rebekah Locking added value with thirds in the A Shot with 7.19m and A Long Jump 4.19m and a fourth in the 100 metres in a time of 14.4 secs.

Frances Nuttell opened with a best 18.0 secs time in the 100m Hurdles in second position and added thirds in both the A Triple Jump leaping 9.66m and the A High Jump clearing 1.45m.. Frances combined with Alice, Jenny and Rebekah to finish an excellent second in the 4 x 100 metres Relay event recording an encouraging 55.8 secs. In the Mens events Owen Msimango won the B 5,000 metres in 21 mins 38.1 secs and claimed second place points in the 1,500 metres clocking 5 mins 34,1 secs. Three Under 17 representatives made a significant contribution to the “Gold Tops” team result .On his first League outing Oliver Balsam achieved three personal best performances on the track.

He finished second in both the A 200 metres in 24.4 secs and A 400 metres recording 57.1 secs and also claimed third place in the A 100 metres finishing in a time of 12.1 secs. for a splendid debut. In the B races Ross Chambers was second over 100 metres clocking 12.7 secs and third at the finish line of the 200 metres in a time of 26.0 secs for two good personal bests. A clearance of 1.50m in High Jump gave Luke MacLeod a “PB” and third place in the A contest and he added fourth in A Javelin throwing 21.72m and claimed third position in the B 400 metres recording 71,4 secs. Oliver, Ross, Luke and Senior distance runner Jose` combined to finish a good second in the Mens 4 x 100 m race recording 50.7 secs.