The second fixture of the Youth Development League took place at Longford Stadium in Trafford.
At the first fixture in Wrexham five weeks before, the Blackpool Wyre and Fylde team had been hampered by lack of personnel and finished in sixth place. Despite this meeting being sandwiched between the Lancashire Championships and the Lancashire Schools Championship, there was a good turnout by BWFAC members and the team finished third behind North Wales and Wirral AC.
Matt Walker posted a personal best of 4.20m in the pole vault and rose to no15 in the U20 UK rankings, coming second behind Harry Coppell of Wigan & District.
Jake Walley’s main event is the 800 but he decided to run the 1500m for the first time in two years. Sixteen-year-old Jake ran an absolute blinder to smash his PB with an impressive 4.05.7. Amelia Beaman won the U20 1500m with aplomb in 5.03.6, just a fraction of a second outside her best. Josette Green was first in the U20 long jump with 4.86m and Taegan O’Hara came second in the triple jump with a personal best 10.30m.
There were solid performances from the men’s sprint squad of Ryan Scott, Henry Taylor, Alex Kizilitas, Connor McCormick and Rory Anderson, and the U17 ladies squad of Amber Swinnerton, Jordan Dixon, Kate Lawler and Jess O’Neill were first in the 100m relay in 51.9.
At the Longford Stadium, four of BWFAC’s younger athletes competed in an Open Medals meeting. Pick of the performances was U11 James Smith with personal bests of 1.51.2 in the 600m and 3.8m in the long jump, placing coming second in both events.
At the high-quality BMC Grand Prix meeting at Sportcity, Manchester, Luke Minns posted 3.48.05, less than a second outside his best, and Stuart Robinson ran 15.05.53 in the 5000m.
At Bedford Disability Open, 14-year-old wheelchair athlete Isaac Towers competed in six races, recording personal bests in the 200m of 31.65, 400m of 58.10, 1500m of 3.41.65 and 5000m of 13.08.28. Isaac also won the 800m in 2.00.08.
Lisa Daley also competed in two Paralympic competitions in Bedford. Lisa ran 66.30 for third place in the 400m at the Bedford International and then competed in the Disability Open 400m, running 65.30.
Bev Wright was busy on the roads and was 29th, third lady and first vet 50 at both the Scouts Fast 4 Mile (26.02) at Great Eccleston and the Levens 10K (43.35).
At the Run the Lanes 10 Mile race, Bev went was 28th, third lady and first vet50 in 69.37. Dave Dyson was 46th (1.19.31) and Jeff Wright was 57th (1.23.41). John Bradley was 57th and first Vet 70 in 26.32 at the Catforth 5K.
At the Tokyo Athletic Championships, Duncan Shaw was fifth in the hammer. He had five throws over 46m and a second throw of 48.77m, a new PB and club record.