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   U13 boys UK Development League

Southampton 2nd May 2015          example to the other boys.       3 laps to go. A steady rhythm
Southampton played host           Tareq is currently ranked 5th    saw Sam and the Reading
to the first fixture of this      Nationally in both the 100m      athlete pull away from the
season UKYDL lower age            and 200m.                        rest of the field but with the
group on a cold blowy day,        Ethan Kitteridge proved          Reading lad poised ready to
far removed from last years       to be a tough competitor         attack. Sam sensed this as the
mini heat wave. Eight U13         excelling in two events both     paced quickened down the
Blackheath and Bromley            at the same time. Having         home straight, both athletes
boys put in a great team and      cleared the opening height       were now at full pace with
individual effort to help the     of 1.05 and 1.10 in the high     positions jostling back and
overall team to a solid 2nd       jump Ethan then dashed to        forth, before one final effort
place on the day, only 8 points   the start of the 800m where      and a dip had Sam as winner
behind Southampton, who           he stormed off in determined     but recording exactly the
took advantage of their home      fashion, crossing the line in    same time as second place. A
fixture. A few last minute        3rd having just run a great      fantastic race and even more
changes were taken in stride      personal best. Then without      special having just knocked
as the boys rallied collectively  a chance to catch his breath it  off another 9 seconds from
to try and fill all places both   was back to the high jump for    his newly acquired PB and
on the track and in the field.    Ethan where the competition      going under 5 minutes for
                                  had moved on and the bar         the 1st time 4:52.2. Sam only
Tareq Bannour showed again        was now at a lofty 1.25. With    had a few minutes rest before
that he is going to be hard to    seemingly little effort Ethan    Paul Byfield started the relay
beat this year as he powered      flew over the bar and he was     drills that ultimately helped
to victory in both the 100m       then able to start to recover    the team to finish a strong
(12.9) and 200m (26.5) and        from his two lap race. A great   2nd with Sam running a great
made up several places in the     competition saw Ethan clear      first bend.
relay to secure a great second    the next height as well to       Jacob Byfield proved that
place. Tareq showed his           finish with a big new personal   training pays off as he
commitment to the team and        best, a great double effort.     produced another personal
great character stepping up       Three of the boys competing      best in the 75m hurdles. All
to do the javelin having never    are still at primary school and  Jacob’s practice over the
thrown one before, a great        have another year in the age     hurdles will soon have him
                                  group so it was great to see     hurdling like his dad and we
                                  brilliant performances from      are sure to see many more PB’s
                                  Sam Reardon, Jacob Byfield       coming from this naturally
                                  and Barnaby Corry.               agile hurdler. Soon after, Jacob
                                  Sam started his day smiling      lined up for the long jump
                                  all the way through the 200m     where his consistency paid off
                                  posting a new personal best      with three big jumps, a new
                                  time and a 2nd place finish.     best of 4.17 and a great second
                                  Next up was the difficult        place. Jacob also ran a fast top
                                  task of running the A string     bend, running the third leg of
                                  1500m, where he found            the second placed 4 x 100m
                                  himself leading the pack with    relay team.
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