Weekend, 13th-14th May 2017
Stretford witnessed some great results from Blue-Vested competitors at the Greater Manchester county championships (GMAA) this week. There was at least one winner in each age-group and several new PBs.
Hannah Kelly raced to the top of the national rankings with 12.16s in the final of the 100m. She clocked 12.22s in the semi-final and beat last year’s national medallist Trinity Powell in both races. Training partner Taiwo Taiwo claimed bronze in 12.50s – a new PB and a ranking of 28th. Hannah followed this up with another stunning performance in Sunday’s 200m. There were only ever two athletes competing for gold – Hannah and Taiwo. Both eased through their heats and in the final both were dominant. Hannah took gold with a time of 24.77s and Taiwo silver with yet another PB of 25.37s.
It was a great weekend for all Bolton sprinters. There were gold medals for Georgia Lever in the U20 100m and Edan Penketh in the U11 75m, two silver medals for Ben To in the U15 boys 100m and 200m races, silver for Jack Dickinson in the senior men’s 400m and bronze for Olivia Kimbowa in the U17 300m and Herbie Kay in the U11 boys 75m.
All the other Bolton sprinters performed fantastically well with numerous PBs and all made their finals.
Multi-eventer Julia Winogrodzka had an amazing weekend, winning golds in both the 70m hurdles and Long Jump, bronzes in the 75m and 150m, before topping it off with silver in the U13 girls’ 4x100m relay with training partners Elina Velikaite, Idowu Taiwo and Elizabeth Williamson. There is clearly strength in depth in the relay squad, with Porscha Johnson unable to compete due to knee injury.
Harvey Kenny won the 600m at a canter in 1:53.68 and finally got over 4 metre mark in the long jump with 4.29m, which places him third on the U11 national rankings.
The seniors also had good outings, with PBs and medals being taken by those in the longer distances and field events.
Elsewhere, the hot and humid conditions at the Worden Park 10K in Leyland saw John Grimshaw post 51:49 (162nd) and Ged Tucker 64:08 (300th) amongst the 370 runners.