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Athletics: Young Harlow AC athletes shine at Lee Valley Minithon

Athletics / Tue 13th Dec 2022 at 01:13pm

LAST weekend, at Lee Valley, the December Minithon event was held. These events, whilst a lot of fun, are also a chance for the sport’s youngest athletes to experience good level competition. Harlow had four competitors, Cian and Soairse Casey-Bond, Alexander Austin, and Kitty Tyson.

The format of the day sees each athlete select three events and the performances are then translated into points for medals. All four Harlow athletes achieved Gold standard.

Cian Casey-Bond’s day was remarkable for how late it started. Before he arrived, he completed a Tai Kwon Do grading! He competed in the Year 4 Boys’ events. He was second in his 200m heat in 34.94, and was in the top ten for Indoor Javelin and Shot.

Also in Year 4 Boys’ action, was Alexander Austin. He was twelfth in the Long Jump, with a best jump of 2.86m. 9.21s was an excellent 60m time to take second in his heat, and sixth overall. His final event, the 200m was extraordinary. As the athletes rounded the first bend, a competitor lost his shoe, flicking it into the path of Alexander, who took evasive action as it arrived at head height! Somehow, he kept going and better still caught up and overtook his fellow competitors to win the heat. In what was already a notable race, the drama continued as the clock failed to start and no time was recorded.

Saoirse Casey-Bond competed in the U13 Girls’ events, she opted for Long Jump, 60m and 60m Hurdles. She was tenth in the Long Jump with a best jump of 3m. This was a satisfying result as she has not jumped since the summer and has not been practising for the event. She recorded a best time of 12.99s in the hurdles but has run sub 11 seconds this indoor season. Her character was tested as a stumble off hurdle 2 disrupted her rhythm. She fought back and came through for second in her heat. She ran 9.45s in the 60m to win her heat.

Kitty Tyson was also in the U13 Girls’ competition. She opted for 60m, 60m hurdles and 200m. Her day began with 60m and a time of 9.14s, good enough for second in her heat. And her day ended with third in her 200m heat and another strong time of 30.15s. However, the most noteworthy part of her day came in the middle in the 60m hurdles. She ran an excellent race and had the fastest time overall of 10.32s. Times for Year 6 and Year 7 competitors are eligible for Power of 10 rankings, and this time ranks her fourth in the country.  

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