THE track and field season has started in earnest with successes for Allerton Juniors athletes.

First came the Charles Stuart Open Track Meeting at Middlesbrough Sports Village on May 7. Members of the Allerton U11 squad were out in force in the 600m with Alfie Clarkson coming fifth in the boys’ race in 2.05 minutes and Georgia Raw and Abigail Ferguson were seventh and eighth in the girls’ race in 2.08 and 2.09 minutes respectively.

Holly Nash was second in the U13 Girls 1500m with a time of 5.45 minutes, followed closely by Maisey Davies with a time of 5.46. Libby Acton won gold in the U15 Girls 1,500m with a time of 5.25 minutes.

Lily Hutchinson-Burke came third in the U17 Women's triple jump with a great jump of 8.70 metres.

A week later, on May 14, at the North East County Championship, William Horlick came a fantastic sixth in the U15 Boys high jump, with a height of 1.31 metres.

Finally, the Yorkshire Track and Field Championships held on May 14 and 15 in Barnsley saw some outstanding performances from Allerton athletes. On day one, Evie Smith ran 13.2 seconds in the U17 Women's 100m, narrowly missing out on a place in the final. Aaron Kurian was also in excellent form with a PB of 25.97 seconds in the U15 Boys 200m and another PB in the long jump of 4.63 metres. And, despite the extremely warm and sunny conditions, Islay Wilson produced a brilliant PB of 11.14 minutes to win a silver medal in the U17 Women's 3,000m.

Islay Wilson won a silver medal in the U17 Womens 3,000m at the Yorkshire Track Championships

Islay Wilson won a silver medal in the U17 Women's 3,000m at the Yorkshire Track Championships

Islay said: "It was a hard race and very hot, but I was pleased to run with some really good athletes and win a silver medal."

Grace Derry and Libby Acton ran their first 3,000m races on track with Grace coming fourth place in the U15 Girls race in a time of 11.23 and Libby sixth with a time of 11.49. Tristan Baker also ran well in the U17 Men's 3,000m race, coming fourth in a time of 11.03.

On the second day of the competition, Lucy Boot excelled and reached the final of both the U15 Girls 75m hurdles and the U15 Girls 800m. She finished fourth in the final of the 75m hurdles in a time of 12.79 and fifth in the final of the 800m in a time of 2.35, having run 2.33 in the heat earlier in the day – a major achievement as she is still only 13.

Off the track, Lucy Boot defended her 2021 title in the 2022 Midland Junior Run on May 1 and came a brilliant second place.

Lucy Boot was second at Midland Junior Run

Lucy Boot was second at Midland Junior Run

Grace Derry set a new course record for the 2km Hemlington Junior Park Run on May 7 with a time of 7.20 minutes.

Allerton Juniors U13 athlete Isobel Cook has been selected to run for England in the Laser Run, a multisport competition consisting of running and shooting. This will be held in Greece in August.