It was the second Sale indoor open meeting on Sunday 15th December. 12 of Bolton United Harriers sprinters and jumpers travelled to Sportcity to kick off their indoor season.
Performance of the day came from Taiwo Taiwo who competed properly for the first time in 2 years. She has battled against long term injury and has shown great determination and commitment to get back competition level. Despite being incredibly nervous she lined up against some of the best sprinters in the North West. The former national finalist didn’t disappoint and blasted through her 60m in 8.02 seconds only 0.16 outside her lifetime best.
Younger sister Idowu Taiwo also competed smashing her PB in the 60m with a time of 8.51 seconds. Poppy Dunne in her first competition as an U15 had a fantastic day recording two new PB’s. First up was the Long Jump where she jumped 4m 31 and she followed this up with another PB in the 60m where she ran 8.81 seconds.
U13 athlete Summer Eden, who is still at primary school, was competing against girls up to 3 years older than her. The 11 year old certainly lived up to her potential and not only dominated her race but at 8.77 seconds recorded a time that ranks her top 80 in the UK U13’s this year.
U17’s Abigail Adeniji and Fola Fasehun also had a good day. Abigail opened up with a PB of 8.01 seconds in her first race and then bettered it in her second race running 7.99 seconds. Fola also ran a PB in her first race as an U17 running 8.20 seconds. Olivia Kimbowa ran 8.19 in her 60m and followed it up with 41.64 in the 300m which is just outside her indoor PB. Hannah Kelly returning from university for Christmas also competed over these two distances recording 7.82 and 40.33 seconds.
The boys weren’t to be outdone. First up was Herbie Kay competing for the first time ever indoors. The Turton school pupil got better and better throughout the competition and beat his PB with 4m 43. U20 training partners Ben To and Eniola Adedotun upped their rivalry and both competed in the 60m. Eni ran 7.31 to set a new PB but Ben was at another level running 7.16 seconds. This ranks him in the top 80 in the UK at his age group. To make it even more special Ben’s time bettered his coach Les Hall’s PB by 0.05 seconds. Les was gracious in losing the record and said it was well deserved.
Eniola followed this up with a 300m race against another training partner Jack Dickinson. Lining up in the same race they put it all on the line. Eniola ran the perfect first half of the race and opened up a lead over Jack. Although Jack closed the gap over the last 80m the line came too soon and Eni hung on to record 37.22 compared to Jack’s 38.05. Jack has been working away since early 2019 so it was very brave to compete after so little training.
All of these athletes will be competing in the 2020 Northern championships and these races are ideal preparation. Coach Les Hall was delighted with the performances and said ‘considering that these were the first races of the winter season I am really happy with how everyone competed’.