Wirral AC YDL lower age group secure promotion to the Premier 1 Division….and Caz Strides down the Clyde!

Pam and Joe Green report on our YDL success...

The Wirral AC team in the YDL Lower age-group travelled to Middlesborough on Saturday without 17 of the athletes who have contributed so much to our success this season. Prior to this final match we were coming first with 2 wins and a second place. Harrogate were second and City of Sheffield third.

At the first announcement, late in the morning, we were lying fourth but we had some excellent results in the sprints and boy’s throws which gave us hope of improving our standing. Sadly our volunteer replacements in some of the events found the opposition too strong and we also had a few gaps. Late into the afternoon we were still fourth and there was a real possibility that we would miss out on promotion. With the relays approaching we were encouraged by some strong performances in the later field events. Joe Fury and Tom Whiteley completed a tremendous treble by winning the A and B shot to add to their maximums in the hammer and discus. Newcomer Will Robinson was second in the A javelin and Josh Hale won the B competition. Another newcomer Sam Wilkie won the High Jump.

On the track the first relay saw our U13 girls produce an almost faultless performance dominating from start to finish. The boys also performed very well and then Alice Johnson produced the finish of the day overtaking 2 teams in the last few strides for a wonderful second place. Tom Eccleson and Ben Wallace added to their sprint doubles by helping the U15 Boys to another impressive win and solid performances in the longer relays completed the programme.

The final result  was as close as we expected but we had finally managed to outscore the opposing teams just when it really mattered.

The results on the day were

Wirral                   474.5     City of Sheffield                472        Middlesborough               464

Harrogate           456        Crewe & Nantwich           325.5     Chesterfield                       244

Full results (premier 2, round 4) will be posted when they are available on http://www.ukydl.org.uk/page10.html

The final league placings were a little clearer.

1             Wirral                                  22.5

2             Harrogate                          18.5

3             Sheffield                             17

4             Middlesborough               13

5             Crewe & Nantwich           9

6             Chesterfield                       4

Wirral and Harrogate will be promoted to the Premier 1 division to join such strong teams as Sale and Preston so we have plenty of work to do for next season.

 


….And Caz Hall kindly reports on the Clyde Stride Race where she was 3rd lady!!

The Clyde Stride 40 mile Ultra Marathon follows the Clyde Walkway from Partick to New Lanark and is a pleasant mix of cycleway, giant rhubarb, cow fields and quiet woods. It’s a friendly race and awaiting each finisher is a hug from the race director and a bottle of beer in the goody bag. Once I heard that, I was in!

The Scottish weather didn’t disappoint and we started the race in light rain which stayed on and off for most of the day. The trail was good underfoot and easily suitable for road shoes all the way despite my tired legs. As usual in an ultra, after about 2 miles you gather into groups going about the same pace and the initial time flies by. I bimbled into CP1 in a group of about 7 which quickly split up as people stopped, chatted or ran straight through. I had little company from then on and ran the next 30 miles alone. Not as bad as it sounds, as there were various people to pass and in some cases exchange abuse, if you knew them well enough!! 🙂

I gradually worked my way up the field to finish 16th overall in a time of 5:54 which was much better than I expected and I still felt reasonably fresh as I headed to the line. I was rather excited and had a cracking huggy dance with Lee before claiming my beer and immediately finding the nearest person with a bottle opener!

Highly recommended race, really friendly, limited relay option available and you can finish with a night out in Glasgow.  Who’s coming next year?

 

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