Top performances all round

Another fantastic week of performances from Richmond and Zetland athletes.  At the weekly Park Run at Darlington our Tulsa Tornado returned for an easy run before he heads off to the European U23 championships in Tallinn.  Marc Scott didn't disappoint and was first over the line in 16:21.  Adam Pearson was 4th with another excellent run to equal his PB of 17:03.  Ken Harker, Mr consistency was 9th in17:45 and was chased home by the flying junior, Jake Stephenson who was 10th in 17:52 in his first Park Run appearance.  Ronnie Corbett was 12th in 18:14 and another PB this week!  Jacqui Keavney (23rd) was the 1st lady in 19:45 and yet another PB, George Veitch another flying junior was 35th in 20:38 in his first appearance at Darlington and next was Shaun Purkiss (20:51) and 36th just ahead of Lucy Goundry the 3rd lady (38th) and another PB (20:54).  Simon Withers was 47th in 21:25, Laura Kirkham 61st in 21:58, Peter Armstrong 66th (22:09) and following up
 on last week’s PB was Eliza Hack in 70th (22:21) with another PB!  First timer, Charlie Stephenson was 110th (25:06), Mark Fletcher and the puppy were 121st and 25:36 and Eliza Withers in 151st in 27:03.  Jane Hack continues to get closer to her PB and was 170th in 27:55 and Nikki Billows coming back into form after a long injury lay off was 202nd in 29:02.

On Wednesday night a few athletes made the trip to Wetherby for the Harrogate Road league.  Ray Robinson had a good run to finish in 159th in 36:54 with Ray Robson 202nd in 38:39.  Donna Riddler was the 5th lady in 31:37 and Jacqui Keavney was the 8th lady in 32:19.

On Sunday Jacqui Keavney had another great run to finish 4th in the Newton Aycliffe 10k and 1st V50 lady. Michelle Nolan took the trip to Freckleton near Preston for the Half Marathon with Nick Mason and with all too much regularity, Michelle was duly 1st again in 1:25. Nick with another good time in 1:27. Mike Jeffries was 2nd in the Ropner Park 5k trail race on Thursday.  Holly Flannery continues to impress in triathlon and was 1st lady at the local Catterick Tri.

In the NYSD athletics at the new track in Middlesbrough there were some great performances recorded by our athletes both young and slightly older!  The U13 Girls 100m was very competitive and Emily Harris was 2nd in heat 1 (14:00).  The U13 Boys races were equally competitive with Ewan Baxter in 5th with 16:10 and Ben Lambert 6th in 19:10 in the first heat.  James West (16:00) finished 5th in heat two.  Vanessa Roper and Eliza Withers were both running in the first heat of the U15G 100m, with Eliza 5th in 14.6 and Vanessa 6th in 14:90. The U15B 100m was hotly contested and Alex Greer was 3rd (13:50) and Lewis Moore 7th in 15:40, with Matthew Lambert 8th in an excellent 15:80.  The graded senior 100m saw Richard Kirkham come 1st in heat two (12:70).  In the final heat, Mark Fletcher was 3rd in 14:5 and a one second PB, with Emily Kirby in 4th (14:60) and Pauline Whittaker 8th in 16:30.

In the first heat of the U15 girls 300m, Eliza Withers was 2nd in 45:4 and in heat two, Vanessa Roper was 5th in 47:9.  In the U13 boys 1500m there were some good runs from Ewan Baxter (11th in 5:57:8) and Charlie Stephenson (12th in 5:58:8).  In the 400m, Adam Walker was the top U17M in 4th (53:10) in the first heat. In heat two, Harry Robson was also 4th in 57:90 and in heat three, Ryan Canizo was 2nd (68:5) and Emily Kirby 4th (70:90).  Jake Stephenson had a fantastic controlled race in the U15B&G and U17W 3000m to come 1st in 10:01:6, Chloe Dalton was the 2nd U15G but was just out kicked in the final lap (11:23:7) and Anna Harrison was the 4th U15G in 12:45:7.  The 3000m first heat, was a great spectacle, with Reece Dalton 3rd in 09:27:2, followed by Harry Robson in 5th (09:50:2) and a fantastic run from Rosie Adams, 4th lady in 11:18 and 11th overall.  Laura Kirkham was 13th (12:12:7) and Ryan Canizo 14th (12:34:9).  In the final 3000m heat, Tony
 Lambert had a good run in 8th (09:57:5) and Ken Harker not at his best was 14th (10:33).

Mark Fletcher was 1st in the men’s long jump in 4:04m and Richard Kirkham (4:47) was 3rd and Ryan Canizo was 4th (3:77) in the U17M. In the senior ladie’s long jump Pauline Whittaker was 3rd. In the U13 boy’s long jump Ben Lambert was 10th (3:12), Ewan Baxter 11th (2:94), James West 14th (2:73) and Charlie Stephenson 15th (2:73).  Matthew Lambert was 6th in the U15B long jump (3:56) and in the U13B shot putt, brother Ben was 5th (3:05). The ladies hammer was dominated by Richmond athletes with Laura Dunphy 1st (17:95) and Fiona Wilson 2nd (12:33). The eagerly awaited shot putt had Laura Dunphy again show her prowess in the throws with 3rd (5:72m), followed by Pauline Whittaker 4th (5:67m) and Fiona Wilson 5th (5:56m). The U15G shot saw Anna Harrison in 4th (4:15m) and in the U15 boys, Alex Greer was 2nd (6:80), Matthew Lambert 4th (5:00m) and Lewis Moore 5th (4:81m). Richard Kirkham was 3rd in the U17 hammer with a throw of 12:28m and Harry Robson
 2nd (17:92). Mark Fletcher was 3rd in the senior men’s shot putt (5:19m). Pauline Whittaker and Mark Fletcher are now considering the heptathlon and pentathlon as they were nearly half way there on Tuesday night! Although the travelling between events would rule this out due to the disruption it causes to their rhythm!
Much has been made this week of performance enhancing aids in the athletics world, but if hard work and talent are aids then what is the world coming to, although Mark Fletcher’s 1 second PB in the 100m does come under close scrutiny.  Diet and the correct coaching all can help, so all the advice he got from Shaun Purkiss was invaluable!  It was also great to see Richard Kilty the World and European 60m champion in attendance at the NYSD, he even posed for a few pictures with our athletes, but turned down the offer to run for us as he had an important race at the weekend, in which he duly came 2nd and helped the 4x100m relay to team gold!