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North of England Division 1 Track & Field Match

Sun 3 June 2018, Wakefield Preston Harriers’ senior team had many of their key athletes unavailable for their match at Wakefield. The athletes who were available competed in unfamiliar events for team points but it still left some events unfilled. Team managers David Rigby and Caroline Warden led by example. David warmed up with an 800 metres race just half an hour before winning the 3000 metres steeplechase; he followed that with third in the 1500 metres and then won the 5000 metres in 15.40.6. and scored a massive 27 points. Caroline, a veteran athlete who will be travelling to compete in the World Masters Championships in Malaga next month, showed her value to the team by being placed third in the 100 metres hurdles, then throwing the hammer and finally long jumping 4.44metres.

Tom Booth cleared 4.60 metres to win the pole vault in his first outdoor meeting of the season and then recorded 8.01 metres in the shot. Multi-talented Charlotte Daley jumped a lifetime best of 10.96 to win the triple jump, cleared 1.50metres in the high jump, then put the shot 8.38 metres and launched the javelin 23.57 metres. Lee Foley made an excellent debut by finishing 3rd in the ‘B’ steeplechase, after which he won the ‘B’ 5000 metres in 17.43.1. Fifteen-year-old hammer thrower Abbey Codarin had a brilliant first senior outing hurling an implement a kilogramme heavier than usual to finish 4th with a personal best throw of 30.45 metres.

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