|Mid Lancs XC Update...|
The Mid Lancs Cross Country League has its` next fixture is Saturday 14th December at WILSON PLAYING FIELDS, Clayton Hall Drive, Clayton-le-Moors, BB5 5SF Directions are M65 to Junc 7 - (do not follow Accrington signs here!) - go down the slip road, to the LEFT at the roundabout (this is Dunkenhalgh Way.) You will come to a set of traffic lights opposite a huge works, and you`ll need to be in the correct lane to turn RIGHT at these lights. Turn right onto the A678 and after a short distance, you will start a short climb with the M65 visible for a spell on your right. At the traffic lights turn LEFT onto Whalley Rd, the A680. After almost a mile, Wilson Playing Field is on your right. It is unlikely that you will be able to park on the club car of Hyndburn AC as it will be for officials and helpers on the day, so please park carefully on the main road and please do not block any access points on any roads Race times are back to normal Mid-Lancs U11 Girls at 12.30pm U11 Boys at 12.45pm U13 Girls at 1.00pm U15 Girls and U13 Boys at 1.20pm U15 Boys and U17 Women at 1.40pm U17 men, Junior, Senior and Vet Women at 2.00pm Junior, Senior and Vet Men at 2.30pm
Darren's Day - England Athletics U15 / U17 Champs 9th/10th August 2008
Preston Harrier's Darren Evans put in a superb performance in the England Athletics U15 / U17 Championships at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium to win a silver medal in the U15 boys hammer with a massive pb of 51.54m. The throw increased his existing Preston Harrier club record by exactly 5m, set when he won gold at the Lancashire Championships in May with a championship best performance of 46.54m.
In the warm up Darren was throwing very well, so expectations were high, but with his first throw he lost balance on his final turn and the hammer crashed into the cage. His second was better at 44.83m and put him up into 4th place. In the third round Darren appeared to have launched a huge throw, but he was a fraction late on delivery and it caught the doors of the cage with a resounding crash and dropped to the ground. By the end of the third round Darren was lying 5th and so qualified for the final and a further three throws. In the fourth round Darren launched another good throw to move back in to 4th place, but then dropped into 6th when Alex Calvert of City of Norwich threw the first 50m plus throw of the competition with a massive 50.67m at the start of the fifth round. This appeared to inspire Darren who nailed his spins and delivery to launch his first ever 50m plus throw and gain the lead by nearly a metre.
As the final round progressed Darren remained in the lead, to a point where there were only two throws remaining. Sam Foster of Corby AC followed by Darren. Sam, who has a seasons best of 55.38m, was now lying in 3rd place but had been leading the competition from the second round with a best throw to that point of 49.73m and was a serious threat. His final throw was clinically executed and sailed out to 53.82m to regain the lead. Darren gave it absolutely everything with his final throw to try and respond but lost balance on the final spin and the hammer hit the cage side. Darren's delight at throwing 51.54m was evident though as he received his silver medal from former GB&NI thrower, Mick Hill.
Also in action at the championships were Amy Lupton who came 4th in the U15 girls javelin with an excellent first round throw of 33.03m and Hannah Lupton who was 10th in the U17 women's long jump with a third round jump of 5.15m. In the U17 women's 800m heats Lucy Sumner recorded 2:17.63 in a strong field to take a second off her pb and James Bretherton was close to his pb running 54.68s in the heats of the U15 boys 400m.
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