Dale breaks course record

Jack Tipler.
Jack Tipler.

Over the last week Lancaster and Morecambe AC Junior athletes have been competing over the cross country, the fells and on the track.

On Monday, May 4 the fourth round of the Fell Runners’ Association English U18 Junior Championship Race was held at Coiners in Yorkshire.

Scarlet Dale not only won the U16 girls’ race but also took one second off the course record. With two races remaining Scarlet tops the English Championship table.

Also running over the fells on the same day was 18 year old Helen Ockenden who was first lady running up an age group in the Senior Race at Wray Fell race. In the Junior races Kirsty Maher was first U10girl; Alex Matthew 6th U12boy and Cate Matthew was 12th U10girl.

The following day Scarlet Dale was back in action at the Trafford Open Meet where, competing in the 3000m she posted a time of 10:41.48.

This was a Grade 3 U17W performance despite 
appalling wind conditions.

Many of the club’s Year 5 and Year 6 athletes competed in the Lancaster Primary Schools’ Cross Country Championships for their schools.Kirsty Maher won the Year 5 girls’ race and Rhys Ashton the Year 6 boys’ race.

Also taking place on Saturday, May 9 was the second round of the Mid Lancs Track and Field League match at Litherland. All the athletes who took part secured at least one best time.

Twelve year old Katherine Tisdall set a new club record in the U15girls’ 500g Javelin with a throw of 20.82m.

Katherine also set a personal best in the 3kg shot with a distance of 6.32m. In the same age group Grace Wakeman improved her 800m time to 2:50.0.

In the corresponding boys’ age group there was a new best time in the 100m for Sam Mercer (13.6s).

Other best times recorded by the U13boys were Jack Tipler 100m(14.1s), 400g javelin(16.84m); Eddie Gill 100m(14.8s) and Jack Garwood 100m(15.2s), 200(32.5s), 400g javelin(19.96m). Jack Newton recorded a new best long jump distance of 3.52m and competed in the 200m(33.5s), high jump (1.10) for the first time. In the corresponding girls’ events Amy Bennett set a new best time in the 100m(15.3s) and Kirsty Hamilton in the 1500(5:27.1).

In the U15 boys’ newcomer Isaac Consadine set marks in the 100m(13.7s) and 200m(28.7s). James Stanley competed in the 400m(61.5s) for the first time.

At U13 boys’ level there were new events for Eddie Gill high jump (1.25); William Mcghie 100m(16.7s), 800m(3:03.1),long jump (3.14) and U17W Emma Holden set a mark throwing the 1kg discus 17.3m.

The older athletes are back in action next Saturday when they travel to Bolton for the second round of the Youth Development League (Upper Age Group) competition.