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Upper Youth Development League Match 1

Sun 5 May 2019, Preston Preston Harriers celebrated last season’s promotion back to the top of the North West League with a sensational win in their higher league. Harriers renewed their rivalry with local big city teams Sale Manchester and Liverpool Harriers and rose to the occasion by beating Sale into second place by 29½ points, 779½ points to Sale’s 750 points, with Liverpool Harriers a further 200 points behind Sale in third.

Jack-Dee Ingham (Under 20 men) ran a storming race to win the 1500m and improved his previous time by 10 seconds to record 4:02.7. and also won the ‘B’ 400m in 53.7secs. Matthew Fazakerley knocked 15 seconds off his 3000m best to post 8:53.2 in winning the under 20 men’s event. Other winners in the under 20 men were Leon Stubbs 400m (50.9). Niall Higham 800m (2:05.6), Kian Davis 1500m (4.02.2), Matias Grixti 3000m (8:54.9), Ed Coles 110m hurdles (15.2) and Harvey Noble 110m hurdles (17.2). Ethan Tibbs set a lifetime best in both the triple jump (13.31m) and high jump (1.80m).

A lifetime best of 63.25m, an improvement of more than 2 metres, took hammer thrower Alex Bernstein up to second in the national rankings in the under 17 men’s age group. Fellow thrower James Lupton won the ‘B’ hammer with 37.81m and followed that with a 37.81m discus (1st) and threw 31.77m in the javelin. Wins were also recorded in the under 17 men’s events by Harry Everett 800m (2:02.8), a personal best, Max Cunningham 1500m (4:14.4) also a personal best, Taylor Jacob in 100m hurdles (15.0), shot (9.75m) and long jump (5.88) all personal bests, Ethan Hallas in shot (7.37m) and discus (19.93), Will Walmsley triple jump (11.60m) and long jump (5.42m) and finally in this age group Will Whiteside high jump (1.50m) and triple jump (11.83m).

There was double success in the under 20 women’s javelin when Emily Worthington threw a lifetime best of 30.27m to win the ‘A’ event with Anna Tankard winning the ‘B’ event with a throw of 22.90m. In the same age group, there were wins for Rhiannon Lowe in the hammer with 36.66m, a lifetime best, Annabel Duffy in the 1500m (5.19.5), Emily Wiggins 100m hurdles in (20.3) and Emily Reynolds in the 800m (2.27.7).

The outstanding performance in the under 17 women’s age group was Marcy Noblett with a shot put of 12.08m beating her previous best by nearly 2m and recording an English Schools entry standard. Further wins in the under 17 women’s age group were Lois Carroll triple jump (9.62), Megan Jackson 300m hurdles (50.4), Alisa Darbyshire 200m (27.1), Darcy Lonsdale 800m (2:17.6), Abigail Earnshaw 800m (2.23.5), Grace Brown 1500m (5:05.4), Scarlett Sutton 3000m (10.47.6), Libby Huxley 3000m (11:09.4) and finally Lauren Tunstall long jump (5.09).

Match result 1 PRESTON HARRIERS 779.5pts, 2 Sale 750pts, 3 Liverpool Harriers 551pts, 4 North Wales 399.5pts, 5 Wigan Harriers 344pts, 6 Wirral AC 333pts

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