The National Youth Development League got off to a good start at Kip Keino Athletic Stadium on Saturday 4th May 2013 when the early rain cleared to leave a dry but blustery afternoon with prolonged bouts of sunshine. Hilary Nash put in a huge amount of effort to ensure the event ran smoothly which it did. Special mention must be made of Roger Brocklesby who performed heroically to get results out after the result system crashed on him. There was a large number of club volunteers present and our thanks go to them for providing such great support across a variety of roles.
On the day the team were last of the six teams: there were some last minute no shows – always a frustration for a Team Manager - and finishing 14 points behind the fifth club and 40 points behind the fourth club might have been avoided had everyone turned up on the day. There were 9 gaps in the under-15 Boys, 6 gaps in the under-15 Girls, and 4 gaps each in the under-13 Boy’s and Girl’s Teams. Let’s hope we can get full teams out to the remaining fixtures in the League.
There were some fine individual performances including a great front running victory in the under-15 Boys 1,500 from Harry Leeming who clocked 4:42.9 to hold off Adam Ward of Notts who came with a late charge. Kurt Cameron was the only other winner in this age group taking the Pole Vault with a clearance at 2 metres 60 centimetres.
In the under-15 Girls Catherine Clayton (24 metres 48 centimetres) and Mary-Lou Poore (20 metres 44 centimetres) scored a double in the Discus with Catherine taking the ‘A’ string and Mary-Lou the ‘B’ string. There was only one pole vaulter in the competition and surely this is an area where we could pick up some big points.
In the under-13 girls Katie Jones gained a pair of ‘B’ string wins taking the 1,200 metres in 4:17.9 (where Isobel Leeming took second in the ‘A’ race clocking 4:10.6) and the Javelin with a throw of 13 metres 52 centimetres (Abi Monk was third in the ‘A’ string with a throw of 17 metres 20 centimetres).
Full results are available at: