Horwich RMI Harriers achieved their greatest team success on the Track to date winning the opening fixture of the Young Athletes League and defeating Wigan Harriers in a close fought battle at their Home Track on Sunday. For a club who has only started specialising in Track and Field over the past few years this win was testament to the dedication of the athletes and coaches involved and demonstrates that Horwich RMI is now one of the premier Track and Field clubs in the North.
Leading the way were the U 13s with two athletes in the girls, Laura Taylor and Gabrielle Whittle winning all three of their events, Laura also claimed a club record in the Hurdles whilst Gabrielle was named Club Athlete of the Match for Horwich RMI Women for her Grade 2 performance over 75 m. In the U 13 boys Noah Saunders and James Lovell ensured clean sweeps over 100m and 200m as did Nathan Townsend and Joseph Howe in the 1500m and Thomas Gillett and Izaak Dickinson in the hurdles. For good measure Joseph also won the High Jump.
In the U 15 girls Beth Miller secured two firsts over 100m and 200m whilst in the boys wins were gained by Matthew Ault in the 800m and Shot, Jacob Thornton over 1500m, Shaun Palmer in the hurdles and Adam Taylor in the Hammer.
For the U 17 women Rebecca Atkinson and Laura Tunstall had double victories over 1500m and 3000m and 1500m and Javelin respectively. Laura Bannister won the 300m Hurdles whilst Becky Buchanan and Tiff Dacre were also in winning mood in the Triple Jump and Hammer. In the U 17 Men Ola Abidojun and Dylan Smith had a double first in the 100m and then Dylan teamed up with Lewis Peacock for a repeat double victory in the Long Jump. Finally Jamie Crompton produced the performance of the day over 1500m steeplechase with a grade 1 performance to win Horwich RMI’s Club Man of the match award in a time which takes him to the top of the UK rankings in this event and follows up on his UK leading performance over 1500m, 3.57.3, at the Northern League on the day before