A team of 12 NAC athletes went to the Sale Harriers Indoor Open meet at Sportcity, Manchester this weekend and the trip was a huge success. Against some pretty impressive competition, our athletes performed superbly with everyone achieving at least one PB. To add a little icing to the cake, the team of 12 athletes achieved at least three Manx indoor records (subject to ratification), with a probable fourth as well.
Anna Lashley, despite having been quite ill the previous day, equalled the U15 60m Manx record with a run of 8.46s and then in the later round smashed the record with a fantastic run of 8.36. Stephen Teare ran an excellent race in the U17 300m, going out hard from the gun and taking over a quarter of a second off the Manx record in a great time of 40.11. Over the same distance in the U15 age-group, Callum Sherry ran a very strong race and took an incredible 2.29 seconds off his own Manx record – Callum’s run ranks him 16th in the UK over this distance!
Lydia Morris proved her strength by running a very difficult 300m/600m double running PBs in both and her 44.96s in the 300 may also be a Manx Record (to be confirmed).
Kate Cashin and Alice Cashin had a great race in the 600m, with Kate coming out on top, whilst the tables were turned in the 300m with Alice running a quicker time of 45.31. Other performances included Ashleigh Lachenicht running very close to the Manx record in the 60m (and she probably would have beaten the record had she not dipped for the line 10m from the finish in the second run). Ashleigh also had a great run in the 300, with her time ranking her in the top 15 in the UK (and she has another couple of years in this age-group).
Andy Curphey, Nathan Teece, Stephen Teare and Callum Sherry all ran excellent PBs over 60m and 300m, whilst Kira Perry ran a PB in both the 60m and 60m hurdles.
James Margrave proved his all-round ability by improving his best performances in the 60m, High Jump and Long Jump, with his High Jump of 1.70m ranking him at 8th best in the UK this season. Callum Sherry also jumped well in the Long Jump adding around 40cm to his previous best – soon he will be a regular 6m jumper.
Ella Crowe ran in her first indoor meet and whilst competing against girls in the older u15 age-group, ran a really good race to take a significant slice off her 600m PB (and obtained a ranking of 17th in the UK).
I’m very proud of all the athletes, who put absolutely everything into each of their performances and really were a credit to themselves and the club.
Thanks too to the travelling parents, who made it a great weekend for all.
Photos to follow courtesy of Luke Phair, who did an absolutely brilliant job as official NAC photographer of the day.
Gordon Crowe – Photo’s Luke Phair