Kettering Town Harriers did the business in the final Midland Senior League at Worcester to clinch promotion as champions when they finished a close second to Halesowen but ahead of the host club, who will join them in Division Three next season.
Ending his league campaign in fine style was team manager Ashley McClintock (pictured), who smashed through the 50 second barrier for the first time when he knocked half a second from his previous best with a winning performance in the 400m. He raced home in 49.8 to easily defeat Tipton’s Jack Imray (50.9) and received excellent support from Ed Cherry, who ran well to help clinch maximum points for the Harriers when winning the B race in 51.6.
Other victories on the male side came from Matthew Peleszok, who putted 11.31m in the shot and Jamie Milne, who clocked 18.1 in the 110m hurdles.
Matt Stewart (800m), Bradley Fox (long jump) and Pete Mills, who threw a season’s best of 40.92m behind Banbury’s Alex Brown (45.36m) in the javelin, which also saw Aidan Bailey perform well to win the B string with 32.26m, all secured runner up spots.
The Harriers’ heroine was the ever dependable multi-eventer Niamh Bailey who, on a busy day, chalked up four individual successes with her first coming when she leapt a season’s best of 5.31m to defeat Shrewsbury’s Anna Kelly (4.98m) in the long jump. Further wins came when she clocked 16.2 over the 100m hurdles, cleared 1.60m in the high jump and ran 26.2 over 200m and then also putted 8.49m to secure top points in the B shot, an event in which Daisy Gilbert with 8.96m took second in the A string which was won on 9.59m by Tipton’s Lynsey Stevenson.
Gilbert was more at home in her main event, the hammer, in which she threw a winning effort of 34.12m to finish ahead of Halesowen’s Catherine Dempsey (33.33m) while fellow Under 17 Jess Gordon ran well to clock her second fastest time over 1500m when she finished second to Tipton’s Amie Filhern (4.51.5) in 4.56.6.
100m: A 3 Ashley McClintock 11.5, B 3 Thomas Carvell 12.0; 200m: A 3 McClintock 23.0, B 4 Carvell 24.0; 400m: A 1 McClintock 49.8, B 1 Ed Cherry 51.6; 800m: A 2 Matt Stewart 2.02.0, B 2 Daniel Thompson 2.05.5; 1500m: A 3 Thompson 4.34.0, B 3 Lewis Hayes 5.16.9; 3000m: A 4 Edward Cannell 10.03.5, B 3 David Edwards 10.20.4; 110m Hurdles: A 1 Jamie Milne 18.1, B 3 Pete Mills 24.6; 400m Hurdles: A 4 Cherry 66.8, B 3 Matt Wright 64.7; 3000m Steeplechase: A 5 Stewart 13.36.9, B 3 Matthew Peleszok 17.21.2; High Jump: A 3eq Bradley Fox 1.70m, B 2 Wright 1.65m; Pole Vault: A 3 P Mills 2.70m, B 2 Peleszok 2.50m; Long Jump: A 2 Fox 5.92m, B 1 Milne 5.59m; Triple Jump: A 3 Milne 11.26m, B 3 Aidan Bailey 10.67m; Shot Putt: A 1 Peleszok 11.31m, B 1 Andy Mills 10.36m; Hammer: A 3 A Mills 26.78m, B 1 Peleszok 20.28m; Javelin: A 2 P Mills 40.92m, B 1 Bailey 32.26m; 4 x 100m Relay: 3rd 46.9; 4 x 400m Relay: 2nd 3.43.9.
100m: A 6 Lorna Milne 14.4, B 2 Alice Chapman 13.8; 200m: A 1 Niamh Bailey 26.2, B 2 Evie Horsley 29.5; 400m: A 3 Gemma Elliott 62.8, B 4 Alex Keyworth 69.2; 800m: A 4 Elliott 2.27.9, B 2 Keyworth 2.46.7; 1500m: A 2 Jess Gordon 4.56.6; 100m Hurdles: A 1 N Bailey 16.2; 400m Hurdles: A 4 Imogen Stokes 79.0, B 5 Keyworth 93.9; High Jump: A 1 N Bailey 1.60m; Long Jump: A 1 N Bailey 5.31m, B 2 Milne 4.52m; Triple Jump: A 4 Milne 9.14m, B 4 Harriet Sumnall 7.28m; Shot Putt: A 2 Daisy Gilbert 8.96m, B 1 N Bailey 8.59m; Hammer: A 1 Gilbert 34.12m, B 5 Sarah Bailey 13.25m; Javelin: A 4 Sumnall 25.61m, B 3 Gilbert 20.03m; 4 x 100m Relay: 2nd 54.6; 4 x 400m Relay: 2nd 4.27.6.
1 Halesowen 381, 2 Kettering Town Harriers 375, 3 Worcester AC 356.5, 4 Tipton Harriers 322.5, 5 Banbury Harriers 290.5, 6 Team Shrewsbury 141.5.