Humber League draws to a close in style at King George
DISPLAYS of strength and determination typified the fourth and final event in this year's Humberside Track & Field League.
Cleethorpes AC and Grimsby Harriers sent out good teams at King George V Stadium – and there was a string of medal-winning performances.
One of the most important races of the day was the county championship 3,000m race for under-15 boys.
The first two places went to Kingston upon Hull AC athletes Jonathan Beharral (10.10) and Jack Bothwell (10.39), but Cleethorpes AC's Luke Nuttall took the bronze medal with 11.01. This was Nuttall's first race over this distance.
'Triathlon' competitions were held for the under-11 boys, under-11 girls and under-13 girls age groups.
Morgan Jarvis won silver and Gabrielle Walker took bronze in the under-13 girls section. Under-11 boy Niall Togher won the bronze.
There was a clean sweep for Clee AC in the under-13 girls category – Darby Fytche won the gold, while Charlotte Redmond and Megan Davies took silver and bronze.
There were winning performances from Tyreece Walrond and Casey Barber, long jump and triple jump wins for William Seed and Thomas Morley, and a winning high jump of 1.51m for Charlotte Robinson.
Amelia Walton won the discus and Kyle Catmull took a win in the 200m hurdles. Molly Togher had a good second place in the shot putt and Rebecca Jex came third in the discus.
There was a third place for Katy Kirkham in the shot put, Rachel Bell won the long jump and there were good 800m performances for Chelsey Ammari and Beth Barley. Bradley Mortlock won his 800m in 2.26.9.
There were also 13 members of Grimsby Harriers in action.
In the junior men category, Jean-Louis Plaatjies had an excellent day.
He came first in the 100m in 12.3, first in the 800m in 2.12.4, and also had an encouraging mile race – finishing third overall but first in his age group, with 5.04.4.
In addition to all that, he was also second in the high jump with 1.45m.
His brother, Miguel, who competes in the under-17 men's age category, also had an excellent day. He won the 200m in 25.3 and the 400m in 57.7.
Almost immediately afterwards he ran the 800m and finished in 2.32.4. That was good enough for second in his age group in the mixed-age race.
In the under-17 ladies' section, Emma Brown grabbed two wins and a second place.
She won the 200m in 28.2, was first in the 300m (46.6) and was second in the 800m (47.5).
Elizabeth Lake returned to form with a personal best in the triple jump. She was first with 10.30m, and was also second in the high jump (1.35m) and second in the long jump 4.56m.
Lauren Bell smashed her personal best by four metres in the javelin (first, 17.10m).
Elva Preston was first in her age group in both the 80m hurdles (14.6) and 200m hurdles (37.8) – and gained third place overall in what was a mixed-age race.
Liam Atkinson, 14, had an encouraging race in his first distance event for the Harriers.
Having just moved up from the sprints, he competed in a mixed age group 800m with athletes up to five years his senior. Atkinson was not afraid to attack the field by taking the lead from the gun and holding this position for around 600m.
Ultimately, he finished third in the race, but was first in his age group with a time of 2.21.2
In the under-13 girls category, Aimee Knight won her 200m race in 30.9 and the 70m hurdles in 12.4. She also had a personal best in the high jump (1.40m), to make it another win.
In the same age group, Lucy Gash won the soft hammer with a good throw of 3.47m, and Molly-Anne Welton was an overall triathlon winner in a tight finish.