Youth Development League Lower
Sun 17 June 2018, Ellesmere Port

An outstanding performance from the young Preston Harriers team earned them their third consecutive League win, which almost secures the Northern title. It will be their first in a 137 year history. A convincing 66 points winning margin over 2nd placed Sale was dominant. With one more match next month at Bebington when a third place finish will be good enough the celebrations are on hold. The team has already qualified for the National Final at Bedford in September.

45 lifetime best performance is testament that Harriers Athletic Development Programme is working. This is down to the hard work of the 51 coaches of the coaching team. Cricketer James Lupton had lifetime best by 5 metres in both the under 15 boys Hammer and Discus winning both with 34.64 and 38.85 metres respectively. Kianna Proctor (under 15) did the same in the 200m (25.9 sec.) & 300m (42.4 secs), as did 14 year old Isabel Caven 75 m Hurdles (12.2 secs) & High Jump (1.45m). Under 13 Sebastian Chiarella had personal bests in the 100m (13.9 secs) and 200m (29.1sec) then won the high jump with 1.25m.

12 years old Evie Noblet had three lifetime best, improving her High Jump by 6cm to clear 1.41m, followed by putting the shot 10.02m and finally knocking a tenth of a second from her 150m, recording 20.1 secs. In the under 15 boys 1500m both Thomas Durney and Ethan Warren set Personal bests in winning the ‘A’ & ‘B’ races in 4:28.2 and 4.40.9. Will Whiteside (under 15) showed his talent with, a hat trick of wins in Long jump 5.49m (pb), High jump 1.65m (pb) and Shot 8.95m. Two personal best for Luke Suffolk (under 15) in the Pole Vault and Javelin recording 1.90m and 23.74m respectively.

Harry Burrow won both the Under 15 boys 80m Hurdles (11.8 secs) and the Pole Vault (3.00m) then equalled his pb 1.70m in the High Jump. In the under 15 Boys further lifetime best were set by Isaac Mabaya (100m 11.8 secs), Archie Dowds (200m 24.6secs), Ben Withers (800m 2.16.5), Hayden Middleton (80m Hurdles 13.6 secs), Thomas Barnes (300m 41.5 secs) and George Lowe (Javelin 29.40m).

In the under 15 Girls age group, lifetime bests were recorded by Alesha Azonubi (100m 13.0), Amani Valli-Carter (200m 26.5secs), Heather Taylor–Harling (Long Jump 4.46m), Macy Noblett (High Jump 1.45m), Tamalyn Dickinson (Hammer 27.92m) and Emma Harrison (Hammer 23.60m).

Personal best were achieved by Cory Middleton (100m 15,5 secs & Javelin 17.88m), James Ince (200m 26.5secs) and Harrison Kiley (Shot 9.57m) in the under 13 Boys. The lifetime bests in the Girls under 13 age group were set by Cerys Allen (150m 19.9 secs), Megan Ind (800m 2.56.9), Romilly Taylor (1200m 4.29.7), Emma Tunstall (70m Hurdles 12.6 secs and Javelin 21.28m) and Isabelle Buraimo (Javelin 22.25m).

Match Result
1.      Preston H               618pts
2.      Sale                          552
3.      Wirral                       471
4.      West Cheshire     448
5.      Leeds                       418
6.      Harrogate              398

League Positions
1.      Preston H               18pts
2.      Sale                          15
3.      West Cheshire     11
3.      Wirral                       8
5.      Leeds                       6
6.      Harrogate              5