The Waverley Harriers Athletics Club have had a fine start to the 2023 outdoor season.

The team came first overall at the competition in Aldershot, having also come first at the first Wessex Young Athletes Track and Field League meet of the season in Andover, and finished third in Swindon.

Competing against five other clubs, the athletes, aged between 11 and 17, participated in a range of track and field events.

In the field there were some strong performances from the throwers – with winning throws for Waverley girls and boys in discus. Scarlett Haine threw a UK leading throw for under-13 girls this season of 26.44m. Owen Firth cleared 5.57m in the long jump.

The younger ‘quad kids’ aged between eight and 11 competed as a team in an event involving a 75m sprint, 600m long-distance run, long jump and ‘howler’ throw.

The boys finished third at Aldershot and the girls finished second.

Waverley Harriers junior manager Bill Bingham said: “The whole team are very supportive of each other’s efforts and it was great to see the camaraderie between them.

“Despite it being a competition, and the athletes looking for individual success, they are always supportive and encouraging of their teammates.

“We are looking forward to travelling to Abingdon for the final fixture of the season.

“All members of the team have been improving as the season progresses. We’ve seen many personal bests and hope to see many more from the team as they develop.”

The Waverley Harriers train across Waverley, with quad children training at Rodborough School in Milford on Mondays. The older athletes train at Woolmer Hill School on Tuesdays and Thursdays.