ATHLETICS: Grantham AC youngsters impress in Youth Development League

The victorious Grantham AC U13 boys' 4x100m relay team, from left - George Whinney, Ewan Rodell, Harry Denton and Mathew Dunstan.
The victorious Grantham AC U13 boys' 4x100m relay team, from left - George Whinney, Ewan Rodell, Harry Denton and Mathew Dunstan.

Seventeen young athletes from Grantham Athletic Club competed in the Youth Development League at The Meres stadium on Saturday.

The highlight of the event was the under-13 boys’ 4x100m relay in which four teams competed hard for first place.

It was evident from the start that GAC where focused on winning when Mathew Dunstan took off like a rocket, determined to give his other three team-mates George Whinney, Ewan Rodell and Harry Denton the best chance of winning – and that’s exactly what they achieved, first place in a time of 57.7sec.

It was a fantastic achievement considering it was the first time they had ever competed together in a relay.

The day began with the track events in which Harry gained first place in the U13 100m (14.5), closely followed by Ewan in second place (14.8), In a separate 100m race, George ran a respectable time of 14.9, putting him in first place.

New to competing, Mathew had a fantastic competition and represented the club in three events – long jump, 800m and 200m with his best result coming from the latter in which he finished fourth in 31.0.

Three GAC U15 boys had a great competition, competing in a seven different events. The best results came from Alfie Buckley who won the javelin with an impressive throw of 33.72m, Gareth Lee who won the 100m in 13.5, and Rory Rodell who gained second place in the 1500m with a time of 4min 45sec.

Ten female athletes took part in the competition with some fantastic results too. Isabel Hobday represented the U15 girls, winning her 1500m (5.30) and finishing fourth in the 300m (53.9).

The remaining nine athletes in the U13 age group took part in 10 events, with four of them competing for the first time. Alexia Johnson came home in fourth place in the 70m hurdles (13.6) and first in the B 100m race (22.0). Lottie Geary competed in the 75m and gained a fourth place (12.3), and jumped 1.10m in the high jump.

The Crook sisters, Amy and Erin, took part in three track events. Older sister Amy finished fourth in the 1200m event, and also represented GAC in the 4x100m relay in which the team came home fourth. Erin competed in the 75m and gained a time of 13.2 for fifth place.

The remaining more experienced athletes had a great competition with Sophie Hamilton achieving third place and a personal best in the javelin with a throw of 24.21m. Relatively new to track events, she gave it her all in the 800m and gained fourth place in a time of 2.45, improving her PB by 33 seconds. She then followed that up with the 4x100m event in which the team finished fifth (62.7).

In a separate 800m race, Ella Rose Hobday won in 3.12 with Rachel Justice close behind in second (3.14). Sister Mary Justice competed in three track events and one field, with her best results in the 150m in which she finished second in a time of 21.6. She was just pipped at the line in the 75m, gaining her a third place in a time of 11 seconds.

Holly Hunt took part in three events and achieved personal bests in them all. In the U13 75m event she came home third (11.9), she threw 12.71m in the javelin, improving her PB by 1.46m, and jumped 3.20m for eighth place.

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