Dawes sets record as Harriers impress

Banbury Harrier Shannon Dawes on her way to winning the under-17 javelin at Loughborough
Banbury Harrier Shannon Dawes on her way to winning the under-17 javelin at Loughborough

Abbey Anson, Emily Thompson and Michael Dawes recorded double victories in Sunday’s Midland Athletics Youth Development League meeting at Loughborough University.

Banbury Harriers athletes travelled to the Paula Radcliffe Stadium for the hotly contested upper age group meeting.

Using the event as part of their final preparations for the forthcoming prestigious English Schools National Championships, Anson, Thompson and Dawes were in excellent form coming away to two wins each.

In the under-17 category, Anson was victorious in the 100m in 12.62 seconds and the 200m in 26.4 seconds. Thompson cruised home with two personal bests when winning the 400m and the B 200m.

In the field events, Dawes threw the 6kg hammer out to 50.84m to win the under-20 category then clinched victory in the discus.

In the sprints, Ollie Sprio continued his brilliant run of form setting a new personal best in the under-17 100m of 11.05 seconds and then took second in the 200m in 22.55 seconds.

Matt Hall was third in the 100m in 11.87 seconds and then ran strongly in the 200m B-string for third place and a pb of 24.02 seconds.

Enjoying the good horizontal jumping facilities, Seb Hartwell won the triple jump in a new pb of 12.30m and Charlie Yates won the long jump with 5.68m. Matt Hall also set a new long jump pb of 5.09m and Lily Hamp improved her best to 4.24m.

Shannon Dawes won the under-17 javelin in a season’s best of 31.86m and Lily Hamp got a pb of 44.33 seconds when fourth in the 300m.

Jess Cherry threw a pb of 10.5m for second place in the under-20 shot putt and Tia Williams finished strongly for fourth place in the 1500m.

Joushua Walker ran well for second in the under-17 B-string 400m and Charlie Shepherd equalled his pb with second place in the under-20 B-string shot putt.

Hartwell, Sprio, Yates and Hall ran the under-17 relay in 46.1 seconds to break the club record.