Back to competition – ALL ATHLETES SET NEW PB’s!

Northampton AC U15 Junior Middle distance squad continued the excellent start to the season provided by the senior ladies at the first Nuneaton test event by racing to a whole series of PB’s in follow up events.

Every U15 athlete that has competed this season has now set new personal bests – a phenomenal achievement considering the restrictions on training the athletes have faced during the COVID lockdown and testament to both their own dedication and the support of their parents and coaches.

Hosted by Nuneaton Harriers, the superbly organised test events which take place on their newly laid blue track, is proving to be an attractive location for the U15 Northampton AC middle distance squad

Taking part in the U15/U17 Open Event at Nuneaton under the newly relaxed COVID competition rules, the standard for the day was set in the very first 800m heat by Benjamin Westmoreland-Alexander. Despite being up against older and more experienced U17 athletes, Benjamin competed superbly and was rewarded with a new PB of 2min30.6s – an improvement of nearly 10 seconds on his previous best performance.

The rest of the squad reacted to this fantastic start and in the next race, leading all the way from start to finish, Lewis Robson also registered a new PB of 2 mins 29.89, over 8 seconds faster than his previous best. Not to be done by his brother, Josh Robson also ran to a new lifetime best of 2 min 37.6 secs, an improvement of almost 6 seconds….. and Josh also took the prize for the best celebration of the day as he found out his time (!!)

Cara Roberts and Caitlin Reeves also competed in the same heat. It was Cara’s first experience of track competition and she posted a very respectable 2 min 48.26secs for her first race. Caitlin finished just behind her lifetime best on this occasion in 2min 42.58. However, determined to register thelevel of improvement her hard work deserves, she has since participated in another race meeting at Rugby/Kettering a few days later and was rewarded with a new PB of 2 mins 37.54 secs!!

The final two U15 athletes competing for Northampton on the day were Malachy Collins and Keiran Ashman. Malachy won his heat in a new PB of 2mins 16.75. Keiran was racing against athletes from a higher age group but still performed brilliantly, lowering his 800m personal best to 2mins 10.2 seconds and despite cramping up, was strong enough to hold off a challenge from older Kettering athlete Ben Brooker.

Despite running a successful  800m, Keiran wasn’t done with his day’s work and a few hours later, took park in the 300m and improved his PB in that discipline also, setting a new mark of 41.3 secs.

Finally, a special mention and acknowledgement for a new member of the squad must go to Noah Smith. Noah only recently joined the squad and was our only U17 athlete competing on the day. Despite being faced with the additional difficulty of joining a new squad just at the start of the lockdown period, Noah has applied himself during this period and was rewarded on the day with a new 800m personal best of 2mins 09.3 secs – an improvement of over 3 seconds and well deserved.