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Heart of England Report Banbury

Preliminary report.

In the glorious summer heat there were some scorching performances from the Kettering athletes resulting in a very respectable 3rd place overall at the 2nd HofE league match held at Banbury.

For the middle distance squad the performance of the day came from Jacob Asher-Relf who ran a magnificent solo effort in the boys U13 “A” 1500m with a near 10 second PB to jump to a UK top 15 ranking with 4:44.4, supported with a superb “B” race win for Lucas Rogers with a fine 5:03.8. Dylan Bowley also ran a fine solo effort in the U17M 1500m to win comfortably in 4:12.2, just a few seconds from his PB, and will look to go for a quick time at his favoured Watford in a few days’ time. Good point were also scored in the U15B 1500m A & B race with both Josh Clutton (4:51.2 for 5th ) & Ryan Raulia (4:56.1 for 2nd) setting new PB’s.

Jacob Asher-Relf brilliant 1500m slicing nearly 10 seconds off his PB with 4:44.4

The other great performances of the day came from two of the squads rising stars in the U11 age group with a terrific race between Jemima Davey & Maggie Gancheva who were locked in battle throughout the 600m with Davey just getting the nod on the line, both girls set impressive new PB’s Davey 1:55.9 & Gancheva 1:56.1 and both girls closing in on the 2003 club record from the excellent Sophie Munn of 1:55.2. Davey also performed well in other events, winning the long jump with 3.43m and 4th in the 75m with 12.3.

Brilliant battle over 600m from two U11 rising stars Maggie Gancheva (left) & Jemima Davey

There was a great double in the U15B 800m as well with Brandon Raulia winning the ‘A’ race in 2:18.1 with his trademark power finish, and Ben Brooker winning the ‘B’ race in 2:30.0. In the longer sprints the Harriers performed well with a fine win from Josh Geddes in the 300m in 43.3, and another top performance from Morgan Potter in the U17M 400m with a fine win in 53.5, and a solid performance in the long jump to win the competition with a 5.63m jump. Ryan Raulia also won the high jump with 1.44m jump & the shot with 8.73m.

The sprinters were also in a dominant mood with superb ‘A’ & ‘B’ stream wins for the U17 women with Alex Beal taking the ‘A’ race in 13:30, and Annabelle Clotworthy a fine ‘B’ win in 13:50, with Beal also winning the long jump with 4.65. Cynthia Ike was also in fine form easily winning the 100m/ 200m double in 12.7 & 26.2 respectively. There was also a golden double for Dylan Mukhta in the ‘B’ races with 11.8 & 24.1 respectively with Joe Bradley picking up two fine second places in the ‘A’ stream with 11.9 & 23.9. Cole Sinnott was the only other winner on the day with a ‘B’ 200m win in the U15B with 25.7

The 4x100m relays were also impressive with the Harriers winning four of the six on offer with superb wins in the U13 G with 58.4, U17 W 54.0, U13B 56.2, and the U17m in 47.8.

Special mention to Ruby McLeod gained 3 pb’s in the 1500m – knocking 22 seconds off her previous time, and also gained new pbs in the high jump and hurdles for 2nd place.

Also Kaiden Ramsey – a sprinter from Ann’s squad U13B – gained a pb of 4.48 in the U13b long jump as a bottom year athlete with another year in this age category.

Well done to all the athletes who competed & special thank you to those competitors who agreed to compete in extra track events and jumped or competed in throwing events to gain much needed points.