City of York AC Open – 11/9/2010 & Douglas Bedford Memorial Open (Wakefield) – 12/9/2010.

Whilst it could be said there was a slightly disappointing turn-out from Leeds City athletes this weekend, some excellent performances and a host of PB’s helped keep it very productive. York
Sam and Joe Clark made the trip to North Yorkshire on Saturday. Joe performed well in the 80m, 600m and Long Jump competing against lads up to two years older than him. One of those lads was Khalil Abdelaziz who ran a swift 80m but saved his best for the Long Jump coming 3rd with 3.38m. Sam didn’t have one of his better days, but a silver medal in the high jump at least helped make up for his great YAL performances this year where no medals were on offer! Amena Abdelaziz, Nicola Sawyer and Hannah Ukandu gave a strong Leeds City presence in the U15 Girls. Hannah collected medals in all 3 events. Her Hurdles (13.9s) and Long Jump (4.19m) were solid, but her impressive 9.52m Shot took her within touching distance of her recent PB. Amena’s 14.2s 100m was good in poor sprinting conditions, and her 4.02m Long Jump gave her a Bronze whilst looking like there was plenty still in the tank. Nicola did well to get out some good distances in her two throws including a Bronze in the Discus. However, you could certainly argue she had performance of the day when knocking 6 seconds off her 800m PB – a superb achievement! Appiah Kwarteng has started showing some of the excellent promise this season that many believe he has. Appiah’s 1.53m High Jump was a PB and gave him a comfortable win, and 12.8s in his first official 100m was unlucky not to get him in the medals (4th). Finlay Fuller in his first competition did well for 5th in the same event (12.9s), but was most successful in the Long Jump coming 2nd in 5.03m. Finlay also had a jump of 5.01m where he took off at least 40cm behind the plasticine. 5.5m is furthest for a bottom-ager in Yorkshire this season, so a lot of promise shown there! India Wilson and Georgia Yearby cleaned up in the Longer Sprints. India won their battle in the 200m by getting very close to her PB with 26.6s to Georgia’s 27.0s. Georgia managed to pick up wins of her own though in the 300m (42.7s) and by getting very close to her PB in the 800m (2:24.6). India followed up her 200m with a 4th place in the 100m in 13.4s. Gemma Keir is one of those athletes who is always keen to take on a challenge. Recently she’s been trying a few 400’s by going up an age group. 63.3s was her second best effort this season over the distance, and placed her only fractions behind another very talented runner going up an age group. Two senior throwers made it to York for some end of season fun. David Milnes took a Discus PB home with him in 21.38m. He backed that up with a solid Hammer and Shot in 30.53m and 8.02m respectively. Matt Barton put 33cm on his Shot PB by hitting 9.84m, twice! Wakefield
Jessie Mogridge was the Club’s youngest representative at Thornes Park. Jessie was looking to follow up a recent medal in Doncaster with one in the 80m at Wakefield. She ran an excellent time of 13.03s, but agonisingly just missed out in 4th. Alyssia Carr went to get some practice in for the following week’s multi-events. A very comfortable win in the Long Jump with 4.91m accompanied a solid Shot performance of 6.51m. Sian Gilmartin-Green double PB’d! She produced two efforts over her old PB in the Long Jump, the best at 4.27m gave her a credible third behind Alyssia. Sian’s other PB was in the 200m where she ran 29.03s. Although it was clear she would’ve run much faster had she’d been able to execute the last part of the bend better. Fran Coldwell was Sunday’s sole U17 woman from the Club. The fact that she managed two 2nd places in times which weren’t close to her best, just demonstrates the high standard she’s set over the the Short and Long Hurdles this season. Louie Hurley had a great end of season competition with a strong win in the Shot (7.91m). However, he might take most pleasure from the Long Jump where a big PB of 4.49m was only an indicator of what could’ve been. Matt Campleman was one of two lads out chasing the big 6.00m for the Long Jump after both he and Edward Saxton of Holmfirth came so close at the West Yorkshire League Champs the previous weekend. Matt showed himself again to be physically capable of it, but didn’t quite produce the consistency on the run-up he might have liked. Elliott Hurley was the victor the previous weekend, and managed to produce again improving his PB to 6.23m – in the process consolidating his 4th place UK ranking despite a clash with the 100m and less favourable wind conditions. The 100m also produced a win for him in 11.78s, just 3 hundredths outside his fastest ever electronic-timed effort. Connor Morley chose to have a technical day, selecting High Jump and Shot Putt. Unfortunately that took him up against athletes in the UK top 20 in both events! He performed credibly nonetheless, recording 1.65m in the High Jump and 8.50m in a very long and drawn out Shot competition. Connor’s older brother Chris joined in with the throwing festivities. A 9.30m Shot was certainly a solid effort, but a 29.27m PB in the Javelin was probably best received. Joining Chris in the Shot were Matt Barton who recorded 9.84m for the 3rd time in two days, and David Milnes who’s 8.05m was a slight improvement on his York mark. David improved his Hammer also to 31.34m, easily getting the better of Matt’s 26.83m. The one David didn’t manage to improve was his Discus, but a throw of 20.95m was certainly respectable.