ATHLETICS: The ‘Hunts Hurricanes’ are bidding to blow away their rivals during relay battle on the big stage

The Hunts Hurricanes are, left to right, Daisy Coulson-Bascombe, Morgan Smith, Macy Taylor and Lizzy

The Hunts Hurricanes are, left to right, Daisy Coulson-Bascombe, Morgan Smith, Macy Taylor and Lizzy Harrison, with coach Richard Hart. - Credit: Archant

Four of the hottest prospects at Hunts AC are hoping to dazzle on the Diamond League stage this Sunday.

The local club’s Under 13 girls 4-100m relay quartet of Daisy Coulson-Bascombe, Morgan Smith, Macy Taylor and Lizzy Harrison, take part in the Club:Connect Relays ahead of the big Muller Grand Prix in Birmingham.

The team – dubbed the Hunts Hurricanes – qualified for the Alexander Stadium extravaganza with a sizzling 55.8-second performance at a meet in Great Yarmouth back in June.

Now they will face seven other speedy squads from across the Midlands in front of a huge crowd and in the presence of many of the sport’s current greats - including Mo Farah, who is set to make his final track appearance.

Coach Richard Hart, himself a former Cambridgeshire county 100m and long jump champion, is confident the girls can shine.

He said: “Two years ago a group of us from the club enjoyed watching the world’s finest in track and field at the Diamond League event in Birmingham.

“Before the international athletes came out, they staged a series of younger age group relays and I began to think big knowing I had a lot of talent in the ranks coming through.

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“The girls have trained really well since then with a great attitude, creating a real family spirit between them, whilst their parents have also been so supportive and enthusiastic.

“That character and work ethic has been the platform for success, although they are also blessed with raw talent too.

“We’ve had to put in a few good sessions to really master baton changes before Birmingham, but the girls have been very professional about things.”

Coulson-Bascombe will run the lead-off leg and is no stranger to the Alexander Stadium after winning silver over 200m in the National Prep School Championships there in 2016.

Smith, the club 100m champion in this age group, then takes over for the second leg before Taylor – current Cambs county 70m hurdles champion - completes the third leg.

And it’s a case of saving the fastest until last as Harrison – who won three county tiles and three regional medals this year - has the job of bringing the Hunts quartet home.

The winning team will earn £250 in prize money for their club, but Hunts AC vice-chairman Wayne DuBose is simply proud that the club are represented.

“This elevates Hunts AC onto the biggest stage against some top clubs,” said DuBose. “We have already enjoyed great success with four athletes competing at the English Schools’ Championships this summer – two of whom were runners-up.

“As we continue to rack up personal bests and club-record achievements, standards are rising, the athletes are growing in confidence and coaches are enjoying the fruits of their labour.”