Brilliant display by Pendle’s youngsters

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The sun shone once again for this year’s Lancashire AA Track and Field Championships in Blackpool.

The talent of the young athletes from Pendle Athletic Club was amazing and all put in some brilliant performances.

Statistics for the weekend were 17 athletes – including two competing at the Yorkshire Championships – and there were 17 personal bests, 12 gold medals, six silver medals, four bronze medals, five club records, three reaching English Schools qualifying standards and one championship best performance.

The first day got off to a fantastic start with two gold medals for Gregan Baker and Daemon Metcalfe in the Under-17s boys and Under-20s men’s high jump respectively.

Metcalfe cleared an incredible 1.81m, not only claiming gold but getting himself a PB and Pendle club record, he also went on to achieve a bronze medal in the long jump.

Baker also won gold in the high jump followed by a gold in the triple jump, a gold in the steeplechase (pb and a bath), fourth place and a pb in the discus and fourth place and a pb in the javelin with a fabulous throw of 41.95m.

Spencer Phelan also excelled in the javelin with a mammoth throw of 44.09.

His brilliant performance earned himself a silver medal and an 8m increase in his pb in the javelin. He also got a silver medal and pb in the discus and also threw a superb 9.90m in the shot.

Continuing with the male throwers – Alan Plumb earned himself 4th place in the Shot, silver medal in the discus with a PB and a gold medal in the hammer along with a pb and Pendle Club record.

Leah Hillman once again showed us what a true champion she is by throwing a pb of 37.99 in the javelin – a English Schools qualifying standard.

That handed her a silver medal and a club record. She also threw 33.98 for gold in the discus, threw a PB in the shot putt of 11.27 for gold and came in bronze medal position in the hammer .

Alex Baker, in the Under-15s age group, threw an overwhelming throw in the javelin of 34.81 (English Schools qualifying standard for the age group above hers).

This throw also gained her a pb, a Championship best performance, a gold medal and a club record. She also threw 9.57m in the shot putt gaining her a bronze medal and pb, fourth in the discus with a pb and fourth in the hammer.

Natrika Wildman did some great jumping finishing in fifth place out of an extremely large field.

The Pendle Athletic Club track athletes are also going from strength to strength.

Josh Ingham, in the senior men, ran a superb race in the 5k finishing in silver position with a PB of 16.06.0.

Under-20s athlete James Marchant finished in fabulous silver position in the 800m with a time of 2.00.8 but then two days later bettered that time with 1.55.19 at Trafford.

Tiarnan Crorken, Under-20s men, managed an amazing double with a gold in the 800m and a gold in the 1,500m – a stunning performance from Tiarnan at the weekend.

Matthew and Luke Thompson both ran a very dependable race in the 800m – supporting the other Pendle runners magnificently, finishing in sixth and seventh place.

Matthew Barnes ran a fine race in the 1,500m, finishing in bronze medal position.

Joe Lonsdale – totally breathtaking – claimed a double gold with the 100m and 200m reaching English Schools qualifying standards in both with a PB of 11.0m in the 100m and Pendle Club Record.

Last but certainly not least on the track was Ella Atkins who put in a remarkable display in the 200m and 300m as a younger end Under-15s gaining herself pbs in both.

A special mention must also go to Jamie Oldcorn and Morgan Webster who took part in the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships.

Both found it incredibly competitive but Oldcorn gained a PB in the Under-15 s100m and Webster ran a fantastic race in the Under-15s 1,500m, finishing a fabulous eighth place.

Pendle Athletic Club is a small but very talented club with a great team of officials behind them who turn out to all the events to help.

Thanks to Derek Butterworth, Alison Phelan, Daemon Metcalfe, David Hillman, Tim Lonsdale and Faye Holden.

A special mention must also go to coaches, Noel Finucane, David Parker, Derek Butterworth and Daemon Metcalfe.