Despite the obstacles thrown in their way by an accident, the closure of the M62, plus a Post Code that delivered you a mile away from the venue, the young harriers came through with some very strong performances and claimed two firsts and a second place in the three categories they entered.
A very young and inexperienced team seat off to Bradford on Sunday lunchtime on the 11 of February to compete in the West Yorkshire Sportshall Community League which was also the selection event for the West Yorkshire team to compete in the Regional Championships in Middlesbrough.
The event was put back 30 minutes due to the traffic chaos but even then there were still 7 Harriers athletes who had not arrived, although the determined parents eventually got all the children there.
Scott Gibbs, ably assisted by Laura Coulson, and his wife Sallyanne were kept busy juggling the team around but the day started well in the very first event with the four boys who had made it, Arthur Gibbs, Riley Moxon and the twins Hadleigh and Ruben king storming to a comprehensive victory in the 4 x 1 lap obstacle relay.
This set the tone for the day as it was followed by numerous individual and team triumphs throughout the day.
Ernie Mayes and James Kitterick soon arrived and made up the team and were soon pressed into action with James not having time to pin his number on before going to his first event.
The team put in an excellent around performance gaining lots of point in the throws, jumps, individual running events and the relays.
The team very rightful ecstatic when they were announced as winners as four of them were taking part in their very first competition and the other two were also not very experienced.
Although the under 11 girls were under strength due to holidays and other commitments the four who took part were very determined and were runners up to a strong Halifax team.
Again it was a very young and inexperienced team with three new to competing but they held their own and recoded a number of victories with only the lack of numbers preventing them from topping the leader board.
The team of Imogen Yelland–Brewer, Betsie Mayes, Holly Kidger and Violet King emulated the under 11’s by winning the obstacle relay.
The under 13 girls who were a much more experienced team, although they too had one newcomer to competing were much too strong for the other teams and stormed to victory in emphatic style recording numerous individual and team victories.
All six girls were winners in at least one event with Soraya Thomas and Emily Coulson recording a number of victories but it was more of a success as a team as along with Florence Gibbs, Eleanor Yelland-Brewer, Harriet Sheehan and Eleanor Varley they formed a very supportive and formidable outfit.
Well done to all those who took part, with the prospect of up to 12 of the young Harriers being selected for the West Yorkshire team to compete in Middlesbrough of the 15th of February.