The last week has seen the progression from the winter cross country races to the summer track and field and fell events. At the Mid Lancs presentation evening Georgia Hannam won the trophy for the individual U17 Girls Championship and Emma Whitaker for 3rd place in the U15 Girls competition. In addition the U13 Girls team were placed 2nd and silver medals were awarded to Erin Moffatt, Kirsty Hamilton, Lydia Shenton, Eleanor Graham, Eve Harwood, Bethan Twigg, Freya Burgess, Isabelle Woodman, Sasha Oldham, Anna Harrison, Holly Satterly, Kayleigh Canning and Tilly Percy. The U13 Boys finished 2nd and William Pyle, James Stanley, Kieron Blackburn, Tyler Hannafin, Harry Shaw, Matthew Bunce, Jack Sloman, James McCracken, Jack Garwood, Ben Cadman and Tom Kirkley were presented with bronze medals.
The older Juniors competed in their first Youth Development League Track and Field Match. Although this was Lancaster & Morecambe ACs home fixture lack of pole vault facilities at the Salt Ayre track meant that the event was held at the UClan Arena in Preston. The team had been promoted into Division 2 of the Northern Area and the athletes worked hard to secure 4th place in the competition.
In the U17 Mens’ event Michael Sallis produced a PB in the 800m with a time of 2:40.9. He also threw 18.14m in the discus competing with the heavier (1.5kg) weight required for U17 competition for the first time. Joseph Twigg produced new best times in both the 800m (2:27.9) and the 1500m (5:04.8). Jamie Hardy, despite a gruelling day of competition, finished the day with an excellent personal best of 6:01.1 in the 1500m steeplechase. The male athlete of the match award went to 14 year old Dominic O’Garrow attempting the increased U17 height 100m Hurdles with a time of 18.9s and also producing PBs in the long jump (4.51m) and triple jump (10.05m).
Nathan Traynor proved an excellent addition to the team. Competing for the first time he recorded 12.8s in the 100m, 26.6s in the 200m and 8.54m in the shot.
Molly Newton O’Brien was awarded the female athlete of the match for both her performances across all her events and her commitment to the team.
Meanwhile Scarlet Dale travelled to Yorkshire to compete in the third round of the English National Fell Running Champioships. Taking first place in the U16G race extended her lead at the top of the championship table by 6 points. Scarlet was also selected to represent the North West in the Virgin money Giving London Mini Marathon 3 mile Junior British Road Championships, The athletes compete over the last 3 miles of the London Marathon Course shortly prior to the elite field passing through. Scarlet finished in 23rd position with an outstanding time of 17:51.