In the second Northern League meeting the team had to travel to the Metropolitan University Campus in Leeds, this time we had a small team competing only 8 men and 3 women athletes turned out on a glorious sunny day. There were 4 U17’s boys, Noah Saunders, Nathan Walker, Joe Partington and James Lovell along with senior athletes Mike Houghton, Trevor Williams and Martyn Bell and Alastair Murray who were both competing in their first Northern League meeting.

There were only 4 women as 7 had cancelled due to other commitments, U17’s Lauren Banks, Sophie Williams and Madeleine Hunt and senior lady Rachel Collington, who had originally come to help and officiate but who ended up competing.

Nathan Walker ran the 100 and 200 metres again, in 12.5 and 25.3 seconds, Noah came to run just the 200 metres and ran a PB in 25.1. Joe ran as the B runner in the 400 metres winning his race in a PB time of 55.0 seconds and also throwing a PB in the Javelin with a throw of 38.70. James came 2nd in the 100 metres but still ran a PB of 11.5 seconds, 52.8 in the 400 metres and a 5.29 in the Long Jump.

Mike did 6 events, he got two 1st’s in Shot throwing 9.40 and 11.78 in the Triple Jump he got two 2nd’s in the High Jump with 1.55 and 5.52 in Long Jump and threw 21.36 in Discus. Trevor couldn’t run through injury so only managed to compete in the throws, he started the day off with the Hammer then Discus, Shot and Javelin throwing 18.01, 17.27, 7.39 and 24.96 respectively.

Martyn and Alastair came to run the 5000 metres, both lads came early to warm up and then they both ran a fantastic race coming 1st and 2nd overall although Alastair actually won his race, the lads running 15.52.4 and 16.18.9 respectively. On the final lap all the Horwich athletes, officials and parents stood, cheered and applauded them in, the lads then went for a cool down before running in the relay, thank you lads you showing the younger athletes that hard work pays off.

The men then teamed up for the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. In the 4 x 100 Noah ran the 1st leg, onto Nathan, Joe and then James brought the team home in 49.0 seconds. In the 4 x 400 Joe had to run again, this time Martyn ran the 1st leg then passing it on to Alastair both running really good legs, Joe ran the 3rd and James yet again ran the last leg. The lads ran a fantastic time of 3.59.9 smashing the Club Record by 11 seconds, WELL DONE LADS.

Meanwhile although there were only a few girls had a decent day, Lauren ran the 100 and 200 metres, running 14.2 and a PB in the 200 metres of 29.4 and a 3.40 Long Jump. Madeleine competed in her first Northern League throwing the Discus 23.76 and the Shot 6.94.

Sophie started the day off running the 400 metre Hurdles, running her 2nd race at this distance she won the race in a PB time, smashing 14 seconds off her previous time. She also ran a PB in the 200 metres with a time of 27.9 and throwing 25.65 in the Javelin. Rachel our only senior lady threw 6.03 in the Shot, 13.00 metres in the Javelin and a PB in the Discus throwing 12.93.

The team finished 5th on the day with 282 points and after 2 meetings we are 3rd overall with 624 points.