Harriers on a high as girls move into bronze position

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Bourne Town Harriers girls are flying high in the Lincolnshire League, sitting in bronze position after the latest track and field round at Grantham.

The boys’, men’s and women’s teams are not far off the pace, all currently fifth in their overall standings.

Bourne had several athletes competing for the first time at the weekend, including Libby Friel, Freya Dangerfield, Oliver Hilliam-Cooke, Julia Eglin and Jessica Ewles.

The girls team dominated most of their events with Libby winning the U11 80m (13.0s) and coming third in the long jump (2.88m) in her debut match. Julia came second in the 100m (14.7s) and in the high jump (1m20) and third in the long jump (3.70m).

Other notable performances included a win for Alex Stubley in the U13 shot (5.24m), second for Billie Coster (5.09) and third for Keeley Caven (4.64).

The U13 girls went on to come second in their 4x100m relay (65.1s).

Personal bests were the order of the day for the U15 age group with Alanis Bell posting a PB in the 100m winning in a time of 14.1s and another PB, taking second, in the long jump with 4.33m. Megan Ellison wasn’t to be beaten, with a personal best in the 800m with a winning time of 2m30.3. Jessica Ewles, in her first match, competed in the 800m, long jump and shot put, with a creditable third place in the shot (4.59).

The U17 ladies were also triumphant with Bethany Howells clocking 5m46.9 as she won the 1,500m (5.46.9), and Eve Hilliam-Cooke took first place in the javelin (24.13m) and second spots in the discus (18.75) and hammer (21.27).

Despite being outnumbered by the girls, the boys managed excellent results too.

Oliver Hilliam-Cooke was the only U11 for Bourne, competing in the 600m (2.23) and the long jump (1.99).

Daniel Lawrance, Callum Scane, Oliver Smith and Ethan Ellison sprinted to victory in the U13 4x100m relay. Callum started the day winning his 75m hurdles sprint (17.1) and the long jump (4.09m). Daniel gained a second in the Javelin (13.87), while Oliver had a tough race in the 1,500m with old rivals finishing in a time of 5.20.7 and second in the long jump behind Callum (4.06). But Ethan Ellison gained a new personal best in the 800m (2.41) to match his sister’s result in her race.

U15 boys Sam Hare, Ben Jagger and Kieran Bonsall were not put off by the rest of the team’s successes and between them won the 80m hurdles (Sam, 18.3PB), the 800m (Kieran 2.29.6), the triple jump (Kieran 9.22PB), the high jump (Ben 1.45PB) and the discus (Ben 22.29).

Kieran also competed in the 100m (2nd 13.2), while Sam took second in the high jump with a new PB of 1.30. Ben also gained a second in the hammer with a throw of 20.35.

Mark Cochran was the only senior male representative competing in a heptathlon of his own - 100m 13.2s, 2nd; 800m 2.25.8, 3rd; 1,500m 5.39.9, 3rd; 1,500m steeplechase 5.55.4, 2nd; long jump 5.01, 2nd; high jump 1.50, 3rd and the discus 22.84.

Louise Bradley was the only veteran female as Lisa Richardson was injured. Louise competed in the javelin coming a reputable second behind one of Bourne’s throwing coaches - Judith Jagger with a throw of 15.46.

Mike Scane and Rob Caven kept the male veteran points coming with Mike winning the long jump (4.72) and the triple jump (9.95) and taking fourth in the 100m (14.0). Rob unfortunately pulled a hamstring, but prior to that managed was thirrd in the 800m (2.41.8), third in the triple jump (7.54) and threw 11.30 in the hammer.

Harrier Lisa Richardsonsaid: “Thanks go to all the parents, volunteers and Peter Honniball who helped on the day to rake, measure and officiate - without whom the competition cannot take place.”

The next club event is the members-only junior track and field tournament at Bourne Grammar School on June 29.

Bourne Town Harriers’ junior training is currently operating a waiting list due to the successful season. For more details contact the membership secretary via the club’s website - www.bournetownharriers.org.