Saturday 10th October saw a dry day thankfully and a resumption of competition for the kids at Bolton Harriers.
Gwylim Jones took an excited Under 11s squad and their families to the Trafford Athletic Club Open Meeting and was extremely proud and encouraged by their effort and application.
He was also extremely pleased the way his young athletes supported one another and their families supported other Bolton families.
Due to the ongoing pandemic this was Harriers kids first entry in a competition for months and the clubs young athletes justified inclusion and managed to come away with lots of personal bests.
The Iwelu sisters, Princess and Mabel, were competing in their first ever event and couldn’t have done any better with 1st and 2nd in their 75m and 150m heats.
Joshua Grundy, also making his competitive debut and also making an impressive start, won his 75m heat.
Matilda Hall (daughter of long standing Harriers coach Les Hall) had only come back to running from gymnastics a week before and stormed home to win her 75m heat.
Curtis Hornsey, another making his competitive bow, came back with a creditable 2nd place in his 600m heat.
Cerys Jones, granddaughter of coach Gwylim, achieved 2 pb’s on the day.
There had been no opportunity to do any Long Jump training but Allyssia May still had the confidence to be Harriers sole entrant and had an amazing day. She kept setting new pb’s with each jump. For the final jump, and on Gwylim’s advice, she took a longer run up and launched herself to her best jump of 3m 69.
Harriers also had the one entrant in the Discus with Jamie Greenhalgh clinching a fine 2nd spot with a throw of 19m 38.
Heat 1 – Princess Iwelu 11:86 Mabel Iwelu 12:06 secs
Heat 2 – Benjamin Davies 12:34 Cerys Jones 16:08
Heat 9 – Joshua Grundy 11:42
Heat 10 – Ellie Deavall 12:05
Heat 12 – Matilda Hall 11:14
Heat 14 – Allyssia May 11:28
Heat 1 – Princess Ilewu 24:08 Mabel Ilewu 24:39 secs
Heat 2 – Benjamin Davies 24:34
Heat 4 – Curtis Hornsey 27:61
Heat 5 – Cerys Jones 34:64
Heat 10 – Joshua Grundy 23:47
Heat 11 – Ellie Deavall 24:99 Emily Wood 26:87
Heat 14 – Allyssia May 23:05
Heat 18 – Matilda Hall 22:49
Heat 19 – Mia Makin 22:13
Heat 1 – Mabel Ilewu 2:13 mins
Heat2 – Curtis Hornsey 2:29 Cerys Jones 2:45
Heat 3 – Emily Wood 2:19
Heat 8 – Benjamin Davies 2:12
Pool 5 – Allyssia May 3:69m
Pool 1 – Jamie Greenhalgh 19:38m