Bayleigh bags top Spen award

Bayleigh bags top Spen award

SPENBOROUGH and District Athletic Club held their annual presentation night last Friday to celebrate the fantastic performances and achievements of the club’s athletes during the 2019 season.

The Allat Memorial Cup, awarded to the most outstanding athlete, was presented to Bayleigh Lawton, whose season highlights included winning 300m gold in the Under-15 Boys English Championships.

He also earned the Under-15 Boys 200m Championship record in the West Yorkshire League, won 100m and 200m gold at the Yorkshire Championships, and achieved three lifetime bests during the season.

Bayleigh’s coach, Stuart Hall, was awarded the President’s Cup for outstanding service from a non-athlete.

There were awards for the most improved athletes, which went to Holly Martin (track), Joe Sagar (track), Olivia Myers (field), Jake Darby (field), Louise Jansen (road running) and Simon Bolland (road running).

Awards for the best and most promising performances went to Natalie Groves (track), Bayleigh Lawton (track), Olivia Reah (field), Connor Bell (field), Sara Wallace (road running), Craig Thompson (road running), Jenni Muston (cross-country) and Joe Sagar (cross-country).

The club competes in Division Two of the Northern Athletics League and in North East Two Division of the Youth Development League, and they retained their places in both after some great overall performances from the athletes.

Winners of the track-and-field league trophies were Glenn Aspindle (senior men), Beth Thomas and Molly Waring (senior women), Ben Maddocks (junior men), Molly Waring (junior women), Daniel Smith (U17), Olivia Reah (U17), Lily Croughan (U15), James Bell (U15), Sophia Foulger (U13), Ben Whitaker (U11) and Imogen Atkinson (U11).

Winners of the road running and cross-country league trophies were Lynda Robertson (road running), Henry Carter (road running), Martin Peck (Spen20 champion), Jenni Muston (cross-country) and Joe Sagar (cross-country).

Winning the awards for the cross-country performances were Simon Bolland (senior men), Jenni Muston (senior women), Mia Butler (U17), Matthew Dalton (U13), Sophia Foulger (U13), Ben Whitaker (U11) and Imogen Atkinson (U11).

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