Northern Athletics U15 Indoor champs
Here is Aidan Lynch’s account of his day at the indoor U15 champs in Sheffield. He was amongst a strong Sale Harriers squad who did a fine job representing Sale Harriers Manchester. Special mention (apart from Aidan) goes to Success Eduan who came 1st in the U15 girls 200m (25:49). Also Melissa Booth who came 2nd in the long jump with 5.26m and Ellise Fryer-Francis (4.65m for 9th) and Hermione Mason (4.38m 19th). Full results can be found here.
“I ran the 800m in Sheffield on the 4th February 2018 in the Northern Athletics under 15 Indoor Championships (track and field).
On the way towards the race I knew there was a couple of bottom age U15 runners so I was confident I may medal, but I didn’t realise the two names I saw who were listed to run were the only two who were bottom age, everyone else was 13/14.
I arrived at 10:00 for a race at 11:00 and started warming up 30 mins before the race. As I was warming up I saw a Preston Harriers runner who beat me in the YDL final and we started talking and we found out we were both in the same heat. Although he had beat me before I was still confident. When it came to my first heat we were having our spikes checked and it turned out I had forgot to check my spike length, so I still had my 9mm grass pins for training at the club. I had to run my first race in my flats.
The race wasn’t the worst considering I was wearing road running shoes, as I finished the race in first place with a time of 2.18. After my race I went to check the results and the first and second place runners ran a time of 2.12 which I thought would we a great advantage when coming up to my race as they would probably be feeling the effects of a faster heat. The final was at 12:00 so I had an hour to spare and to rest.
When it was time to warm up my Preston Harriers friend was saying how he was aiming to finish in 4th which was a shock to me because I didn’t realise how low confidence he had. In the break I got the correct size pins for my spikes (6mm). In the race there was a guy with a faster PB than me but he mustn’t have won seeing his race tactics in the heats. I decide for the race to let the guys with the faster heat times to lead so I could burn them out on the last faster laps. My plan worked as they all pushed to lead whereas I stuck behind in 3rd and 4th in the second lane and, one after the other they started dropping off.
It came to the last lap and I surged past the leader of the pack. I finished the race with a new PB of 2:09.5 and I was now the northern indoor track and field u15 boys 800m champion.”
Posted 15/02/2018 15:29