Northern Athletics Championships
Under 13’s – Under 15’s and Under17’s
Middlesbrough Sports Village
Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th August 2015
The 2015 under 13/15 & 17 Track and Field Championships were held at the new Middlesbrough Sports Village, a brand new facility, which cost in the region of 18 million pounds to construct. It was opened on the 4th of December 2014, and is now the home track of the Middlesbrough Mandale Athletic Club.
30 athletes from Kingston upon Hull Athletic Club made the journey up to the north eastern outpost of Yorkshire, over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of August. Some of them were going to their first major championship meeting and were hoping to make their mark. Others had real hopes of getting into the finals and even into the mix for medals. All of them wanted to enjoy the experience, and to perform to the best of their abilities and leave with no regrets.
On Saturday the 15th of August, the opening day of the championships, twenty Kingston athletes took to the track and field, and between them they reached seventeen finals. Five of them were crowned Northern Champions, four picked up silver medals, and three won bronze.
On day two, Sunday the 16th our athletes contested thirteen more finals, and the medal haul was increased by three more silvers and a bronze
The final total of medals won was sixteen, 5 Gold, 7 Silver, and 4 Bronze.
Day One – Saturday 15th of August
England International Olivia Stevenson gave another master class in the under 17 women’s hammer final. She dominated the competition, where she won the gold medal, with a throw of 56.76m, which was a new Championship best performance.
Ollie is also a very good discus thrower, and she competed in the discus final, where her throw of 35.87m, gave her a second podium appearance, this time she collected a bronze medal.
Fellow ‘Hull Hammer Squad’ member Alice Barnsdale competes for the Lincoln Wellington Club, but trains at Costello. She joined Ollie in both the hammer and discus finals. In the hammer she won the bronze medal, with a throw of 47.42m, and a throw of 24.75m, earned her a 9th place finish in the discus. Alice also finished 8th in the shot putt final, with a throw of 9.20m.
The under15 boys hammer final saw two of our promising young throwers displaying their talents. Shaun Kerry collected the hammer squad’s second gold medal of the day, with a throw of 48.89m which was a big new PB. It has been fantastic watching Shaun’s progress this season, and he is now the Northern Champion.
Will Robinson collected the silver medal, with a throw of 41.00m. Will has only been with the club for a few months and is still very much in the learning stage. He is very strong and has great potential.
Ben Copley is another young athlete who has made tremendous strides forward this season. His best events are javelin, where he is currently ranked number 2 UK, discus and shot putt, where his ranking is number 9 UK in both. Unfortunately there was no under13 javelin or discus at Middlesbrough.
He competed in the under13 boys shot putt final, where he threw a new PB of 10.10m, to claim the gold medal.
Ben also competed out of his age range in the under15 boy’s discus final, where another new PB of 33.71m, gave him his second gold medal of the day and made him a double Northern Champion.
Will Robinson was the bronze medallist in the discus final, with a throw of 30.65m, giving him his second medal of the day.
Matthew Elliott is both a talented triple jumper and middle distance runner. On the opening day Matthew’s attention was firmly on the triple jump final. An excellent jump of 11.02m gave him 2nd place and a silver medal to bring home.
Dominic Singh is ranked number 2 in Yorkshire and is Kingston’s leading under 17 sprinter. He began his 200 metre campaign, trying to better the silver medal he won at the 2014 championships in Wigan. He won his heat in 22.49s, to safely book his place in the final, to be held later in the day. He improved on that time in the final, running 22.19s, to take the gold medal, and become the Northern 200 metre Champion.
Shaun Kerry hadn’t finished his efforts for the day. He had more to do in the under 15’s javelin final. He launched his second new PB of the championships, a throw of 39.59m, to collect the silver medal.
Shaun also contested the under15 boys shot putt final, where he took 4th place with a throw of 11.63m. He was joined in that final by training partner Will Robinson who finished 8th, with a throw of 9.51m.
Adam Coles competed in the under15 boys 80 metre hurdles final. He ran a tremendous race and recorded a new PB of 12.12s, to collect the silver medal. Adam is very competitive and is filled with boundless enthusiasm. He has great potential for the future and fully deserved this success.
The club had two athletes in the under 17 men’s 800 metre final. Marcel Dalee who ran a time of 2:02.32s, to win the bronze medal and Connor Bingham who took 5th place and recorded a time of 2:04.33s.
The under 17 men’s pole vault final brought Harry Stutely into the action, he is another great competitor who has been a cornerstone in the club’s league campaigns, both in the youth team and the senior league this year. Harry put in a new PB, with a clearance at 3.30m, to take 4th place.
Younger brother Ben Stutely was Kingston’s representative in the under 13 boy’s long jump final. His jump of 4.36m, earned him a 5th place finish
In the under 15 boy’s long jump final, the English Schools champion Jack Perry was unable to find his best form and this time he had to settle for a 4th place finish, with his best effort of the day being one of 5.79m.
Chloe Sole competed in the under 17 women’s 300 metre hurdles final, where she finished in 5th place and ran a time of 54.55s.
Jessica Fields ran in heat one of the under 17 women’s 300 metres, she finished 7th and ran a time of 44.58s, which unfortunately was not enough to get her into the final. Amelia Robinson ran in the second heat, where she set a new PB of 41.54s, to take her into the final.
In the final Amelia ran a time of 41.63s, which gave her a 5th place finish.
Four of our girl sprinters lined up in the heat’s of the under 17 women’s 100 metres. Emily Lyons ran in heat one, where she took 5th place in a time of 13.11s. In heat two, Charlotte McIvor ran a new PB of 14.69s, for a 6th place finish. Gabbie Whittle took 3rd place in heat three and recorded a time of 13.5s, and Chloe Constable was placed 5th in the same heat, in 14.2s. Unfortunately none of the girls qualified for the final.
Also taking place at the championships was the under 20 men’s 3000 metres final, where Harry Powell was Kingston’s representative. He took 5th place in the race and his recorded time was 9:20.51s.
Day Two – Sunday 16th of August
Dominic Singh’s under 17’s 100 metre campaign got under way. He was drawn in heat 3 and he cruised into the final, running a time of 11.41s.
In the 100 metre final, held later in the day he ran even faster, recording a time of 11.2s, but he just failed to snatch the gold and this time he had to settle for the silver medal.
Multi- eventer Venus Morgan competed in the under 15 girl’s 75 metre hurdles event. She was the winner of heat one and ran a time of 11.78s, to go into the final.
In the final Venus improved on her heat time and crossed the finish line together with Amy Carter of New Marske AC. Both girls had the same time of 11.63s, but the race was awarded to Amy and Venus had to be satisfied with the silver medal.
Paige Mathers ran in heat 2 of the 75 hurdles but her time of 12.78s, was not enough to get her to the final.
Hannah Kynman, the under 15 Northern Indoor 200 metre Champion, contested both the 100 and 200 metres at Middlesbrough.
In the 100 metres she was drawn in heat 2, which she duly won equalling her PB of 12.60s, and moved on to the final.
In the final Hannah broke her PB, lowering it to 12.48s, but was beaten to the gold by 0.03 of a second and had to be satisfied with the silver medal.
The 200 metres saw Hannah win heat 2 and run a time of 26.26s, to gain straight entry to the final.
The final, saw Hannah run a time of 26.75s, to take a 4th place finish.
Joshua Tranmer saw action in both the under17 shot and discus finals. In the shot he was throwing against some serious competition, two of them were 15 metre plus throwers. Josh stuck to the task, gave it all he had, but had to settle for 7th place, with a best effort on the day of 11.56m.
The discus is Josh’s stronger discipline. He was the 2014 Northern under 15 Champion. This was a three way battle for the title and he was in it right down to the wire. His best throw of 41.22m, won him the bronze medal.
Marcel Dalee saw second day action in the under 17 men’s 400 metre final, where he ran a new PB of 51.40s, for a 5th place finish.
The under 17 women’s javelin competition saw two Kingston athletes contesting the final. Emily Robinson set a new PB of 35.30m, for 4th place and Sian Kerry took 5th place with a throw of 30.50m.
Chloe Sole contested her second hurdles final of the weekend, this time in the under 17 women’s 80 metres event. She claimed 6th place and ran a time of 12.99s.
Matthew Elliott, competed in his second final of the weekend, this time he was on the track in the under 15 Boy’s 800 metres. He set a new PB of 2:18.96s, for a 6th place finish.
A trio of under 17 women’s sprinters competed in the heat’s, of the 200 metres.
Chloe Constable ran in the first heat, where she finished 6th and recorded a time of 28.82s. Gabbie Whittle was placed 5th in heat 2 and her time was 27.00s. Emily Lyons ran 26.77s, for 3rd place in heat 3.
Kingston, were represented in the under 13 girls long jump final, by Alanah Thoresby and Evie Watson.
Alanah set a new PB of 3.97m, for a 10th place finish and Evie was placed 11th with a jump of 3.87m.
Alanah and Evie were also in action in the heat’s of both the 100 and 200 metres races. This time they were joined by Sophie Reed.
In the 100 Evie ran in heat one, where she finished 5th in a time of 14.78s. Alanah finished 7th in heat two and ran a time of 15.11s. Sophie was 4th in heat three and her time was 14.93s.
The 200 metres found both Evie and Alanah in heat one. Evie was placed 5th in 30.45s, with Alanah 7th in 31.16s. Sophie ran in heat two where she finished in 7th place in 30.85s.
In the under 13 girls 800 metres, Jodie Martin ran in heat two, where she took 4th place and recorded a time of 2:37.84s.
All of the under13 girls, Alanah, Evie, Sophie, and Jodie were competing in their first major track and field championship meeting.