Trafford AC Open Meeting Under 17’s – 06/09/2020


A great turn out from our team with some great performances. We had nine personal best and one Team Russell record out of the 13 athletes competing.

Personal Best :

George Kriel Parr (City of Sheffield & Dearne) hasn’t raced for a good while so the time he had put down meant he was in a much slower race than the shape he is in. George set of with intent and went straight to the front and before you knew it he was already 50 metres clear of the field. Going through 400 metres in a ridiculously quick time George did fade on the second lap but was rewarded with a 6 seconds personal best. Another year in this age group and with a hard winter should see George get close to the 2 minute barrier and maybe challenge the English Schools qualifying time.

George Bellamy (City of Sheffield & Dearne) has been putting in some great session’s this last few months and is in the best shape he has ever been in. Following the leader through 400 metres spot on target time George then dug in the second lap and came home with a 5 seconds personal best. A few more races this year could see George go under 2 minutes for the first time. The new personal best put’s George 9th in the Yorkshire rankings for 2020. A good breakthrough and now George is the fastest in Team Russell for this year.

Shen Wigfield Turner (Hallamshire Harriers) went in the 1500 metres instead of her favoured 800 metres. After a personal best in horrendous conditions a week ago over 1500 metres I knew there was much more to come. Again like the rest of the group we had a plan and Shen stuck exactly to it and was rewarded with a 7 seconds personal best. Conditions were fall from ideal raining heavy and puddles all around the track so expect to see even more from this young lady over 1500 metres. The new personal best ranks Shen 2nd in Yorkshire and 5th in the England rankings for the year. One more 800 metre’s race on Tuesday and then head down to prepare for the cross country season where I think Shen will surprise a lot of people.

Holly Brewster (Longwood Harriers) went in the 800 metres and to be fair to her has done a lot less than others during lock down but this young lady gets into shape really quickly. This showed here as Holly wasn’t far from her personal best and a few sessions since this race suggest with the last race of the season we could see a personal best. Holly’s time ranks her 4th in Yorkshire behind 2 of her training partners and 37th in the England rankings for 2020 with still another year in this age group. Holly will be determined to be ready for the Yorkshire Cross Country Championships in January after her win as an Under 15 last year.

Leah Gregory (Hallamshire Harriers) is in superb shape and it is only a matter of time before she smashes her personal best. Going of a little too hard today and paying for it in the final 250 metres meant Leah was just short of her personal best but was a seasons best. Another race on Tuesday at the BMC meeting before we call an end to the 2020 season. After the last two sessions since this race Leah seem’s to have taken things to yet another level. Fingers crossed all goes well Tuesday night as there is some very fast times coming soon from this young lady. Leah still has another year in the Under 17 age group and after a tough winter with us should see her challenge the best runners in the country in 2021.

Isabel Richardson (Holmfirth Harriers) went in the 1500 metres and after struggling with a calf niggle the last week wasn’t sure if she would run or not. Isabel gave it ago but after 600 metres you could see she was struggling but the fighter she is she carried on and finished the race. Watch out for this girl during the cross country season as she is part of our very strong Under 17 Girls team that will challenge at the Yorkshire’s and Northern’s.

Team Russell Record :

Ella Kynoch (City of Sheffield & Dearne) went in the Under 17’s Discus. After disappointment at her first competition last week Ella was determined to make up for that here. Conditions didn’t help with the heavy down falls making the circle very slippery and the surrounding area of the circle very muddy. Ella got her head down and coped well in the conditions and was rewarded with a seasons best going over 30 metres. Again since the competition we have had a good few sessions so hopefully we will get a few more competitions this year and should challenge that 32 metres personal best. Well done Ella. We know what we got to do to hit those bigger distances we know you are capable of.

What a great day for the Team. Well done everyone

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