Chiltern League at Keysoe

Round 4 of the Chiltern League was held on Saturday at the Keysoe Equestrian Centre where, no doubt for many of the youngsters, the highlight was the entertaining run through the water splash!

For the mens senior and veterans team, and despite the squad suffering some late withdrawals, we still produced a solid team performance in Match 4. The Veteran men’s’ team are just 6 points ahead of local rivals Watford Harriers and the Senior men are 69 points off 4th place. If we can field the strongest possible squad at the 5th and final match, we should clinch another Veteran men’s’ title and at least 4th in the Senior men’s overall score.

Damian Nevins was 2nd, the ever-reliable Jim Cooper in 20th., Kevin Fini in heavy marathon training was a solid 43rd place. Declan Traynor, Peter Norris and Samuel Fenn all clinched top 100 finishes. Chris Finill suffered from some calf issues but still finished just outside the top 100.

Graeme Jones, Nick Andrews and Steve Bland were the final scorers. Jason Kabel giving his calf a good test and Kevin Concannon fitting in some post-race Harrow Half-marathon planning were both in the top 200. New club middle-distance coach Tom Morris was guesting once again and continued his consistent season in 336th position.

Seniors overall After 4 matches

1 Marshall Milton Keynes AC 8662
2 Bedford and County AC 7921
3 Wycombe Phoenix 6447
4 Chiltern Harriers 6370
5 Harrow AC 6301

Veteran Men Team After 4 matches

1 Harrow AC 2644
2 Watford Harriers 2638
3 Headington Road Runners 2395

The final round 5 of this years league will be at Campbell Park, Milton Keynes on 9th February with the senior mens race at the earlier time of 1.30pm.

Sprint record for Nia!

On Sunday at the Lee Valley stadium in the London Games, Nia Wedderburn-Goodison ran 7.68s for 60m to break both the U15 and U17 Harrow records.

This superb performance also places Nia 9th on the UK all time rankings U15 with the fastest time by any U15 athlete in the UK for the last 10 years!

Rayne Tapper also made the final with an excellent 7.98 in her first season as U15. Well done girls!

Middx CC champs

The Middlesex Cross Country Championships were held at Horsenden Hill, Greenford again – and a second visit to the venue for the juniors this season.  The cold but dry conditions were a contrast to the mud of last year.  Well done to all that competed – having 45 athletes run on the day was a great turnout

Standout performance was the Women’s team with Eilish O’Grady 2nd after a race long battle with the eventual winner, and Lucy Ashe taking 5th after wedding celebrations in place of training in recent weeks(!).  The team took 5th in the team competition, winning the Corlin Cup (awarded for improvement). 

Rachel Haddow showed the women’s team what was possible by coming 3rd in the the U20 women race.

The U15 girls continued their own internal competition, with Sofia Latham in 25th winning this time, just ahead of Hettie then Holly.

A return to form for Kayla Saunders after injury niggles saw her 13th in U13G, whilst Hannah McCarthy continues to impress with 12th in U11G

In U11Bs, Julian Luiz was 6th after an unfortunate slip, with Thomas Jessop 19th and Josh Mesgian-Rodaway  20th in a race that seemed longer than the billed 1500m

Joshua Luiz led the U13 boys home in 9th, just ahead of Rohan Mangat 10th and Oliver Macgonigal 19th.  This gave the best team result of the day of 4th.  

Chris Hudson came 8th for the U15 boys on a tough course, with Daniel Bunn 17th

The U17 Boys fought hard to defend the team cup from last year with Luca Manget 14th, Christopher Morris 17th Sam Bickerstaff 20th but ended up 5th.

The depleted men’s team found the course tough, with Jim Cooper first of the team home in 30th.

Congratulations to the U13 to Senior individual performances above which qualified them for the Inter Counties Nationals in March.

Christmas news

Belated best wishes from all at the Club to Lucy Ashe on the occassion of her marriage last weekend! Does anyone have a photo of the happy event?!

Have a great Christmas day and try to get out for a run – there are still 24 hours to do so. If you don’t manage a run, look at what you could eat to keep your diet within the ‘normal’ range.

Don’t forget that a number of the local parkruns are putting on extra events on Christmas day and New Years day – Canons Parkrun are doing both days and Harrow Parkrun will also take place on 1st January (9am & 10.30am) – a chance to run twice that day if you get your skates on!

Next Saturday on December 29th the Club is running a Cross-country training session in preparation for races in January 2019.

Time: 9:30-10:30 Venue: Bannister Stadium

What: Cross-country training in preparation for races in January 2019

Who: anyone in school year 5 and above.

Bring trainers to warm-up in and spikes to run in (in case the grass is muddy – NB: it will be!).

Please email harrowacsecretary@gmailcom to confirm you are attending.

Note that Bannisters is now closed to normal training evenings until re-opening on Wednesday, 2nd January 2019.

Operation Ouch! Received some news we needed to share – broadcast starts Wednesday 2nd January at 5.30pm on CBBC – Rio’s story will be told over the course of four episodes in four short films

The junior athletes took part in filming back in summer for Operation Ouch!’s programme about Harrow AC athlete, Rio Woolf, getting new prosthetics made/fitted and all the activities he does, including training with our Beginners group.  An exciting day and no doubt all looking forward to seeing the results.

More information is on Rio’s Facebook page – shared on our page – which include these words which we all support “Rio hopes that by sharing his story, young viewers and their parents will feel more comfortable around amputees of all ages, but especially when they meet children with limb-differences, so that able-bodied people – adults and children – will be more accepting and understanding and show a positive attitude towards our limb different community”

Chiltern League at Luton

The Senior men’s senior squad travelled to round 3 of the Chiltern League at Luton with an under strength squad as close to 10 regulars were unavailable but still managed to produce some strong performances.

The Senior men retained 5th place in the team standings and the Veteran men retained 1st place.

Damian Nevins placed 2nd followed closely by the ever-consistent duo of Jim Cooper in 18th and Luke Hunt in 48th. Joe Gammell fresh from finishing university coursework and Noor Mohamoud staying off the coffee both had their best races of the winter coming home in 62nd and 71st. Peter Norris had a solid race in 88th place and Declan Traynor continued his gradual return to racing in 94th position.

Nick Andrews had unconventional preparation for his 600m race the following day as he led home Steve Bland and Graeme Jones close to the top 100. Sam Fenn had a good start but suffered stomach issues in the latter part of the race and Tom Morris (guest) improved by over a hundred places from match 2.

For the ladies Gill Bland was the sole woman running coming with a good 16th and 3rd in the V35 category, before being handed the baby allowing Steve to run!

A small Juniors team, battled the worst of the wind and rain for their races – true cross country muddy conditions across open fields!

U11s – Julian Luiz continued to run well with 12th, with Zac Evans a good 23rd on debut.  Emily Axtell as the only girl ran well for 41st

U13s – Joshua Luiz was best in 23rd, with Oliver Southon a strong 37th.  Kayla Saunders came in 27th and Kyra May 39th 

U15s – Chris Hudson had an outstanding run in 4th, and Sofia Latham improved position again in 22nd

U17s – Chris Morris came a consistent 25th in a competitive race.

Race photos from Luton can be found here:

Wolverton 5 mile road race:

With a new start and finish three of the Senior men tackled the Wolverton 5 mile road race. Damian Nevins was 9th in 25:46, Chris Jones 36th in 28:44 and Peter Norris 52nd in 30:23.

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