Harrow’s BAL squad placed fourth in the final match of the season in Manchester on Sunday, just seven points behind third, and finished the season in fourth league place, one position higher than last year. This ranks the Club 12th in the UK (up from 22nd in 2013)!
Angus Lockhart won the shot with a PB of 15.06, Omar Grant took the 100 metres while Ben Maze, who had competed in Belgium the previous day, flew in from Brussels to win the 400 metres. Miguel Perera produced a polished performance for his second consecutive BAL sprint hurdles victory, with Tom Nichols taking the B string.
There were also PBs for Terry Fawden and Declan Traynor in the steeplechase, Kema Egbunike in the 400 metres, and Chris Jones (in Harrow colours) in the 1500m.
A big thank you to all athletes, coaches, partners, and families, for supporting our successful British League campaign this season. A special personal thank you to Rohan for all his hard work for the team.
After a solid second place finish in the final match of the season down in Poole, it looks likely that Harrow’s YDL Upper age group team will be in the Premier 1 league for 2018 with the below teams for competition;
- Blackheath & Bromley Harriers AC
- Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
- Windsor, Slough, Eton & Hounslow AC
- Reading AC
- Team Bedfordshire
Well done to all the athletes, team managers and officials who have worked so hard to make it happen for the YDL teams in 2017!
A hardy band of athletes and officials trekked to Leigh for the final UKWAL match of the season, with squad members taking on unusual events to secure much needed points, on what turned out to be an extremely warm day. Shorn of many athletes, it can be seen from the results that it proved to be a tough afternoon, with the whole season and potential relegation still hanging in the balance until the result of the penultimate event of the day. In the end, the hard working team managed to edge ahead of Bedford to finish a creditable 7th. Mention must also be made of the support from the officials’ team of Sylvianne, Ian, Mike and Celine’s mum who had only come to watch but ended up as our Track Judge for the whole day which secured our first officials maximum pointer of the season!
It was an afternoon of surprises with Bea running the 100m B, and throwing SP B, and Emma the 400m B rumours that both will be seeking to switch events for 2018 have been strenuously denied but the ten points that they secured were invaluable! Thanks ladies.
There were some notable achievements during the afternoon, with Chelsea setting a pb in the 100m and Zoe doing similar in the TJ.
The middle distance pair of Bettina and Lucy both completed doubles in the 800/400 and 3000/1500 respectively which in the blazing heat was a tough ask, but a fantastic effort in support of the team. Rebecca doubled the 400 hurdles/100 hurdles and just missed out on victory in the latter, probably feeling the longer event in her legs … but a 400 Hurdler in 2018?? You know it makes sense Miss J! The throwing squad secured a mass of points with Celine, Debbie and Bea covering all four events between them. The HJ, though, was a scary event, with the bed moving every time an athlete landed on it. It affected all performances, but Janet still managed to get in a solid jump.
Overall the outcome was possibly better than we had feared as we drew up a team list in the restaurant the night before, and was entirely down to the spirit and determination of those that travelled. Many thanks for all of the work that you all put in to ensure that we stayed in Division One!
Looking ahead, the squad is more than capable of challenging for promotion in 2018, if everyone is available!
The Clubs British League men had a tough match on their hands as the competition raised their respective game at the third round match at Bedford on Saturday. Team manager Tony Bush reports –
‘Congratulations on a battling fifth place in yesterday’s British League match at Bedford, against much stronger opposition than in the previous rounds. Miguel Perera won the sprint hurdles while Damaine Benjamin took the B string 400 metres hurdles. There were good PBs for Jahde Williams (200), Noel Reid (sprint hurdles) and Graeme Jones (steeplechase).
We are still third in the League neck and neck with Swansea, so there is all to play for in the final round in Manchester on Sunday 20 August’.
Pleased to report that Emily Russell has won Bronze at the English Schools 100m Hurdles event in Brinmingham’s Alexander Stadium last weekend!
Emily has been a Club member since she was just 10 years old and demonstrates the great success you can achieve with plenty of hard work – well done Emily and her coach 🙂