NA Senior, U23 & U20 Championships

Weekend, 10-11th June 2017

Blue Vests were in action at the Northern Athletics (NoEAA) outdoor T&F championships at Manchester’s Sportcity this weekend.

Having represented Greater Manchester Schools for the last three years, Georgia Lever took the next step up as an U20 athlete with one eye on qualifying for the Senior English Schools’ competitors. Her favoured event – the long Jump, was on Saturday. Hopes were high of gaining a new PB and a medal. However, things don’t always run to plan and the blustery conditions played havoc with her run up; entering the final jump of the competition she had no Mark, only five no jumps. With the pressure on and Georgia trying to work out how best to get a legal jump, she ended up running through the jump. Though bitterly disappointed, her jumps had been exceptional and she knows that next week will present another opportunity to show that she is capable of getting close to the 6.00m mark at the England Athletics’ U20 competition at Bedford. Hopefully her season best and PB this year of 5.51m will stand her in good stead for selection for the English Schools’ Finals, though this year it would be in the Red Vest of Lancashire due to her college location.

At the beginning of the season Georgia also decided to try out the Triple Jump and, as expected, found it to her liking and capability! With this in mind, she managed to gain a late entry into the U20’s event today. It was timely to revive her spirits after yesterday’s disappointment and she duly set off on her first jump, which yielded… a no jump! Luckily, the Officials deemed that the EDM had not been calibrated correctly and so the first three jumpers, including Georgia, were allowed to re-take their jumps. Georgia was spurred on and duly dispatched a jump of 11.18m, only 3cm behind her previous PB. As her confidence grew, she then registered a new lifetime best of 11.33m, even though her take off was several centimetres behind the board. It was always going to be a big ask to win a Gold medal as she was up against the second best Triple Jumper in the country, Naomi Ogbeta from Trafford, who duly went on to win the competition with a new Championship Best performance of 12.94m. Georgia’s performance earned her a well-deserved Silver Medal and ranked her at nineteenth in the country – some going in an event she has only just started!

Other good performances in all three competition categories were had by Chris Mann, Rebecca Kay, Mercedes Mercer, Katie Oakley Jonny Kay and Karl Darcy, Frazer Jardine and Declan Toomey.