High Peak Athletic Club went to Moorways in Derby on Saturday 29th for the final of the meetings from the Derbyshire Track and Field Mini League.
On a cool, windy day HPAC arrived at Moorways with a smaller turn out of athletes than usual due to the summer holidays, but with determination and great hopes of retaining the trophy for the ‘1st placed small club without track training facilities’ an award they have won for the last 2 years.
All athletes worked hard and performed to their very best, and deservedly they finished in 4th place overall but more importantly they held onto the trophy for the 3rd year running!
The club only had two U11 boys on the day but both worked hard to show their talents in multiple events. Tom Boam who won the 80m with a clear margin and came 2nd in the howler javelin gaining new pb’s in both events, and Jed Burton, he came 3rd in the 150m and a respectable 6th in long jump. Both boys scoring high points for the club.
The under 11 girls once again proved to be a very high scoring age group for the club, Bessie Morris came 2nd in the 80m with a new pb, only 0.08 seconds of winning the closely challenged race. She had another fabulous race over the 150m to come 2nd, Courtney Limer was only two places behind finishing 4th, Courtney also threw extremely well in howler javelin to secure her 3rd place.
Alice Tolley yet again proved she was not to be beaten in the 600m equalling the new meeting record she
had set at the last meeting; deservedly winning herself a competition medal for this achievement, she also scored maximum points in the long jump with a new pb, taking 1st place. Hannah Dunkin came 8th in both 80m and howler javelin, gaining more valuable points for the club, Martha Harris-wood, showed her strong determination in the 80m and the long jump. Eden Few-Finch in her first appearance in this age category showed her strengths in the 150m race and long jump. The girls relay team worked really hard together to come 2nd in the relay.
The U13 girls showed great talent in all events. Freya Hatcher, again did extremely well in the shot coming 2nd, she was also 4th in the high jump and 5th in the very tough 70m hurdles. Jaime-Lee Taylor threw the javelin with super talent and finished 3rd, she also finished 6th in both the 100m and shot. Not far behind her was Livia Heywood finishing 8th in shot, but also showing great promise in throwing events as she came 6th in javelin, she raced hard in the 200m coming an 4th place. All three girls contributed points at this meeting.
Two boys made up the team for U13 boys, Will Stanway ran very hard in both the 200m & 1500m races taking 2nd place in both, setting himself a big new pb in 1500m, he also came 5th at shot. Lewis Lingard worked hard in both his events, the 100m & long jump earning high points and showing great team spirit.
The U15 boys team consisted of 3 boys. Elliott Archibald returned to competition after recovering from a bad injury and he did so in his usually powerful style, winning both his 100m & 300m races, Eddie Fenton came 2nd in the 100m just behind his teammate Elliott, however the 300m race turned out to be a very exciting close race between the two friends, Eddie came 2nd losing out on the win by 0.01 of a second. Alex Needham in his first appearance on the track showed his great team spirit and determination in 100m, he came 4th place in the shot on his first ever competition!
The U15 girls had a good turn out with girls competing in every event. Katie Taylor, once again showed her talents in the throwing events coming 3rd in javelin, with a new pb and 5th in the shot. Also coming 5th in the 75m hurdles. Sosseh Badjie who always shines in the longer distances won the 1500m, and was 2nd in the 300m with a tough race and dipped finish narrowly missing out on 1st place. She had her first attempt at javelin in a competition and came 5th, closely behind Aimee Sweetmore who came 4th over all setting herself a massive pb, Aimee also ran in the 100m coming 7th, and she was 6th in shot. Ruby Burton ran strong races in the 100m, 300m and came 8th in long jump. While Nell Tolley is constantly improving in her sprinting coming 6th in the 100m and running a strong 300m she also competed in long jump. Megan Harris-Wood came 5th overall in a highly competitive long jump competition and ran hard in the 300m race.
Fraser Masterson who is now competing in the U17 age group and therefore unable to compete as a scoring athlete at this competition still attended the meeting to help and encourage his younger team mates, he shows great maturity and commitment to the club and his efforts are appreciated by the young athletes and coaches alike.
The excellent team spirit and good sporting nature always shown by all HPAC athletes at competitions was deservedly noticed by an official during this competition, who verbally praised the athletes for this.
The club wishes to thank and congratulate every athlete from the club who has competed hard and contributed points to the overall score throughout this whole competition, all helping to win the club the trophy once again.
The club will continue to train throughout the summer in preparation for the up coming Cross Country season and the winter Sportshall competition.