Weekend, 19-20 August 2017
Six Bolton United Harriers made the short journey to Leigh’s Sports Village to compete in the Northern Athletics U13/15/17 track and field championships this weekend, with the best junior athletes from across the North of England in attendance.
Conditions were poor on the Saturday and the weather was very changeable – from sunshine to heavy rain, with gusting wind as well. Hannah Kelly decided to opt to race over her shorter distance, the 100m rather than her usual 200m. She cruised through her heat, winning by 5m and clocking a time of 12.32 seconds. She lined up in the final with high hopes of a fast time but a massive downpour part way through the race put paid to anything exceptional. Hannah was never troubled and took the gold medal in 12.16s, which equalled her PB.
Olivia Kimbowa, with one eye on next weekend’s EA national championships, raced in the U17 women’s 300m. She ran a fantastic final to finish an encouraging seventh at her first Northern championships.
Two other Northern debutants were training partners Eniola Adedotun and Josh Povey. Eniola chose to race over the longer 200m and came through in fourth in his heat in 25.16 seconds. His final was hampered by a sore hamstring but it was still a great performance, finishing eighth in 25.44 seconds. Josh raced in the U17 men’s 100m on the Sunday. He opened up with 12.12 seconds to finish second in his heat to easily qualify for the final. After a hesitant start, the young sprinter had a fantastic pick up and powered through to finish sixth overall in a time of 11.97 seconds.
U13 Porscha Johnson had tough competition in the 100m. However, she wasn’t overawed and ran well to finish fourth in her heat but narrowly missed out on a place in the final.
The last Blue Vest for the weekend was rising star Julia Winogrodzka. She had booked a busy day by entering three different events. The talented multi-eventer was to compete over 100m, Long Jump and the Shot Put. Her day started well with a consistent second in her 100m heat. However, her determination came through and her performance in the final saw a massive improvement. She stormed through the last 30m to claim the bronze medal and equal her PB in a time of 13.36 seconds. Her second event was her favoured Long Jump. She went into the event ranked number 1 in the UK, so hopes were high. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be on the day and Julia had to settle for silver with a best jump of 5.03m. Although bitterly disappointed not to claim gold, she dusted herself off and stepped up to compete in the Shot. Showing massive heart, she set a new PB of 8.82m and finished an agonising fourth. However, Julia shouldn’t be disappointed with two medals from her weekend’s events.