The 2018 BAL season kicked off with a fantastic win for Harrow at the Eton ground on Saturday! A delighted team manager Tony Bush reports below –
“Congratulations on a massive victory in yesterday’s British League fixture at Eton, our highest points score, and biggest winning margin, in 133 matches and 33 years in the British League. There were so many brilliant individual performances, as you can see from the attached results.
Jahde Williams won both B string sprints while Stephen Mears returned to top form to take the B 1500 metres behind a great debut for Neil Johnston (second in the A string). Rasmus Kisel’s front running gave him second spot in the 800 metres. Damian Nevins won the B 3000, just behind Harry Lupton’s fourth spot in the A string.
Tom Nichols won the B sprint hurdles after a great high jump of 2.05 metres. There was a double win in the triple jump with Chuko Cribb (on his debut) and Tony Daffurn. Dave Sketchley won the B javelin. Matthew Lee returned to the team after two years of injury nightmare, to record three personal bests. We finished a great day with victory in the 4 x 400 metres relay for Damaine Benjamin, Neil Holloway, Kema Egbunike and Rasmus Kisel.”
The next fixture is on Saturday 2 June in Portsmouth – keep fit!
Amongst certain Club members Chris Finill has a reputation (and nickname!) for being made of slightly tougher stuff than your average Joe. On Sunday he went and proved to us all over again as to why he’s earned that legendary status as he ran around 36Km of the 42 with not just one break to his arm but two! His 2018 marathon story unfolds below –
His first 5Km split was just over 20 mins and Chris knew this was a bit too enthusistic so eased off the gas to cruising speed – this is after all the athlete who has run 36 London marathons in under 3 hours – he knows what he’s doing. However his cruise control was knocked out of gear as another runner managed to trip him from behind 🙁
Chris fell heavily cutting up his knee but took the brunt of the fall on his arm and suffered 2 fractures to his Humerus (uppper arm to you and me). Not knowing the extent of his injury he managed to pull himself up and tried to run on and continued up the road. Another runner, seeing what had happened and the sorry state he was now in, advised Chris to stop and seek medical attention. Chris stopped at the St John Ambulance and they patched him up as best they could with a sling around his shoulder and arm and off he set almost oblivious to the pain but desparate to keep his 38 year London streak alive!
For those following the progress of Harrow athletes and family members on the smart phone app, it was clear that Chris was not having a stellar marathon by his standards with the reason becoming all to apparent at 21 miles which is where I saw him from the other side of the road as I waited to see Hayley (5:44 as your asking 😉 Afterwards Chris said his legs were OK but admitted that he was in a lot of pain but this didn’t stop him from reaching the finish in a quite marvellous 3:54. Well done Chris and I sincerely hope 2019’s marathon is a bit easier on you!
Other Harrow athletes that took to Londons streets included Lucy Ashe who I understand picked up a chest infection in the days leading up to the race but still managed to run 3:11:10 no doubt also suffering in the high temperatures as all the runners did. Steve Bland had a great run to finish in 3:32:13 and Nicola Ashe also had a fine run recording 3:44:40! Keith Foley, reportedly short on training, managed to run 4:47:46 and young Ellen Rose-Senior also ran in with 4:49:59. Well done all – we applaud your fine efforts!
The Club hosted the season opener of the Southern League in near perfect conditions at Bannister stadium on Saturday. In what turned out to be a very tight contest between us and Medway & Maidstone AC for first and second spot we narrowly lost out by just 5 points.
The Club enjoyed a number of quality first place finishes including Damaine Benjamin winning the 400mH in 55.5s, Omar Grant going the extra distance over 400m in 50.6s, Tom Nicholls High Jumping to 2.00m and Andy Lewis setting a new Club V50 best in the Shot Putt with 11.82m!
For the ladies Caroline Johnson also won her 400m A string in 59.8s, whilst Lucy Ashe was never troubled as she placed first in the 3K with 10.39.4. Megan Bailey simply carried on from where she left off from last season with a 3.45m Pole Vault win and Denisa Mihalcea was our star of the day as she won her 3 events in the Shot Putt (11.27m), Discus (37.27m) and a Javelin Throw of 41.60m!
Well done to all the athletes, team managers, officials and our super catering team to deliver what was a great day of sport and which gives us plenty of opportunity to build on for round 2 at Mile End on 20th May.
On Saturday April 14th, the Club is hosting the season opener of the Southern Athletics League match at the Bannisters stadium. Please do come and support your men and women’s teams!
This is a great opportunity for younger athletes to see older athletes up close in competition. Food and drinks will be on sale all day and the attached flyer has the match timetable.
Attached below are the final end of season results – thanks to all athletes for their time and effort and team managers and parents for getting them to matches!
Congratulations to the 2 girls who got into the individual top tens – both U11 – Kyra Adams (6th) and Kayla Saunders (2nd).
NWL Team League Tables 2017-18 revision NWL Individual leader tables 2018 revised 2 NWL YA LEAGUE SCORES 2017-2018