Harriers soar to victory

IPSWICH Harriers Athletics Club have given themselves a great chance of clinching the East Anglian League title after a fine performance in the latest round.

Stuart Watson

IPSWICH Harriers Athletics Club have given themselves a great chance of clinching the East Anglian League title after a fine performance in the latest round.

Competing at West Suffolk Athletics track, the Harriers just pipped the host team and rivals Norwich on the day.

Emily Lambert and Enya Moore again underpinned the Under-13 girls' efforts with their usual dominance of the 100m and 200m sprints. Lambert recorded a fine 27.9s for the 200m and then followed up with a personal best (PB) of 6.43m in the shot put to gain promotion to the A string.

Ellie Bloomfield gave a good all-round performance in the throws events, winning the discus with 19.64m, coming second in the javelin and third in the shot.

Debutant Lizzie Lehkyj recorded a PB of 1.30m in the high jump, a result that was good enough to see her also promoted to 'A' string, before the Ipswich U13s rounded things off on a high with a comfortable win in the relay.

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There were only four members of the Ipswich U13 boys' team but they still proved to be the strongest in their age group.

The most points were picked up by Jake Green, winning his 100m, 200m and high jump events, while Errol Thompson won the sprint hurdles, long jump and came second in the high jump.

Fabian Fadeyi won the 100m and 'B' string long jump and came second in the 200m, while Harri Mortimore won the discus and shot and finished second in the javelin. All four then combined to romp home in the relay.

The U15 girls held up well against strong opposition and gained valuable points across the board without dominating any one event.

Much like Ellie Bloomfield in the U13s, Sian Fagg reported an identical gold, silver, bronze haul in the throws, winning the discus with 25.40m.

Rosemary Aldous also picked up crucial points with a win in the javelin event and third places in the shot and discus.

Jessica Crissell also added valuable points with gained a PB of 28.4s in the 200m in what was her first outing at this distance for some time.

Caine Sobers again performed well for the U15 boys, winning the 100m in 12 seconds dead and the high jump with an effort of 1.70m and coming second in the long jump.

Newman Calderley won the sprint hurdles and finished second in the 100m and 200m, Frank Bloomfield gained second place in all three throwing events, while Tom Powell came second in the javelin.

Elsewhere, Ipswich's senior women's team picked once again up points via athletes performing well outside their usual disciplines.

The 200m 'A' and 'B' strings were won by the Maltser twins, Georgia and Gemma, with Georgia also winning the 100m and the long jump 'B' string.

Alex Leigh-Pearson just missed out on first in the 100m which prevented the clean sweep after Charlotte Cattermole won the 'B' string equivilant.

Leigh-Pearson also had a good run in the 300m, finishing second in a time of 44.3s, while Elizabeth Welbourne worked really hard to gain third places in both the 800m and 1500m.

Katie Sealy proved her all-round abilities with second place finishes in the hurdles, shot and long jump, while the relay team finished the competition with a comfortable win.

The U17 men also enjoyed a great day, Rhys McDonald and Tom Creasey winning the 100m 'A' and 'B' string respectively.

McDonald also won the long jump before team mate Anthony Kitterman edged him out in the in the 400m.

Kitterman then gained a PB of 1.65m in the high jump before Elliot Doe and Adam Rawlings won the 200m 'A' and 'B' strings.

Matti Mortimore predictably won the javelin, shot and discus, with Doe supporting him by winning the 'B' string javelin.

The most remarkable win of the day however came from Adam Rawling who, due to foul throws from other competitors, contrived to win the hammer with a distance of 0.67m.

Results: Ipswich 762, City of Norwich 707, West Suffolk 517, Breckland 211, Yarmouth 184, Waveney 85.