YDL Upper Age Group
The upper age group team have performed well through their first 3 fixtures and have been rewarded with a place in the promotion match on the 23rd July. We hope to turn out the strongest team possible as the opposition will step up a level and we will have to be at full strength to do well. The team will be selected this week please make yourself available for the competition.
Congratulations to Rhianne Moore-Martin who broke the U17 women hammer record for the second time this season taking the record to 51.69 metres at an open meeting held in Loughborough on the 14 June. Rhianne is rewriting club records on a regular basis in the U17, U20 and senior age groups. Full details of current records can be viewed on the noticeboard in the club house.
World Team Trials 1 & 2nd July Birmingham
Four senior athletes, 3 women and one man, were invited to take part in the World Championship Team Trials held at Alexander Stadium this weekend.
Alex Brecker finished in 13th place in the mens 5000m final clocking a time of 14:23.60. The race appeared to be a war of attrition as many competitors failed to finish.
Kate Holt contested the women 5000m final and showed that she is rapidly getting to grips with this new event. This was her first final at the championships having previously competed in the 1500m event. Finishing in 13th place in a field of 23 far more experienced athletes and clocking a time of 16:26.63, just 6 seconds shy of her best, Kate continues to show excellent consistency in this new event.
Ashleigh Nelson contested the women 100m clocking a seasons best 11.27secs to go through to the final. Ashleigh went on to finish in bronze medal position clocking 11.28. Sitting in 4th place in the UK ranking Ashleigh is just 0.01seconds shy of the World Championship A Standard. Hopefully she will get an opportunity to better the standard before the closing date and confirm her selection in the individual event.
Jazmin Sawyers was unfortunate not to register a jump in the women’s long jump and sits 3rd in the UK rankings 4cm short of the World Championships A standard of 6.75. Jazmin will hopefully have an opportunity to achieve the qualifying standard at the Muller Games.
It was good to see the City of Stoke Club vest being worn by all our athletes at the Trials and 4 athletes from this small club of ours is a great achievement. Well done to all of them and good luck with the rest of the season.
Commonwealth Youth Games
Seamus Derbyshire has been selected to represent Great Britain in the U18 men 400m hurdles in the Bahamas securing his place with a 52.95 clocking at the U20 champs in May and a string of consistent performances throughout the season. We wish Seamus well and hope that he enjoys this opportunity to compete for his country.