Reports on YDL league and road races


Report in the first YDL U17/20 fixture at Banbury and results for the Stratford Marathon and Blenheim 7K 
                                                             YDLU ATHLETICS
The joint Banbury Harriers and Bicester team in the National Youth Under 20/17League overcame the pressure of GSE exams far more than their six rival teams to win with ease in the first fixture held at the North Oxon Academy on Sunday.
 In an excellent team effort a vast point score was accumulated in various events. Sam Edwards in the U20 jumps stood out winning the high jump and gaining second place in both the long and triple jumps then finished the day running strong legs in both relays. In the sprints both Liam Grieveson and Tom Wain matched the best, the formers win in the 200m was impressive.
 Bert Rowett won the 400metre hurdles with comfort and certainly would have liked to be extended more. He ran well in the flat 400metres and also in both relays and gained first place in the “B” string discus.
 It was a clean sweep in the javelin Alex Brown and Logan Kelling winning the U20 age group and Nathan Grieveson U17, Brown also won the “B” high jump. Alfie Rowett, Luke Sherlock and William Thompson gained excellent points in their events. Thompson first leg in the 4x400metre relay stood out.
The girls had a string of successes Heidi Brooks-Little in both sprints and Hannah Cousins in the 100metres and 100metre hurdles. Megan Davies gained two wins in the discus and hammer, Shannon Parker and Jess Cherry dominated the triple jump. Parker also won the long jump and Cherry the “B”discus.
 Chloe Thompson, Samantha Phillips and Alisha Workman scored good points in all of their events and Nerrissa Starratt had a good win in the U17 long jump.
The second fixture in early June at Tipton gives the platform for a push for promotion in this first conquest at this competition.
BLENHEIM 7K (4.35miles)
We had 2 athletes running round the Blenheim grounds at the weekend. Simon Pritchard came 4th in a time of 25.57 and Tia Williams held her own with the adults coming in as 1st U15 in a fantastic time of 30.41.
Phil Coy & Keith Smith ran slightly further, 26 miles 385 yards to be exact. Phil finished in 3.15.19 47th overall and 2nd V55. Keith clocked a very good 3.55.56 but has been placed in the half marathon results so we have no position for him.
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