Harrow Half Marathon

A great day for the Club as almost 600 runners took to the streets for the Half Marathon whilst 250 runners enjoyed the shorter family mile event!

All results are now online here and also showing on Power of 10.

Age group winners of the ‘Half’ and Family Mile shown here HHM 2018 PRIZE WINNERS

Below are the photos of Club athletes I managed to take and there is another gallery of Harrow parkrun regulars here.

Congrats to Kevin, Toby, Jared, Steve, Gill and Nicky and of course the organising team behind the event!

Final photo gallery of runners not Harrow AC or Harrow parkrun (well maybe one or two 😉 ) – enjoy!

SAL win league and promotion!

Congratulations to the SAL team for their end of season match victory on Saturday at the Bannister stadium!

A big thanks to all the volunteers – match organisers, officials, refreshments team and also to the supporters encouraging every single performance.

The victory was only by 2 points and the final table was so close, that if we had lost 3 points and come 2nd to Ipswich, we would have been 4th in the league.

But we won and are promoted to Division 1 for summer 2019 – the top division!

August 18th – Match 5

1 Harrow 235
2 Ipswich 233
3 Eastbourne Rovers 180
4 Orion Harriers 125

Final Div 2 East League table –

# Club Match
1 Harrow 1073.5 17
2 Medway & Maidstone 1061.5 17
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3 Eastbourne Rovers 1049 17
4 Ipswich 1047 16


BAL – We are the Champions!

Team manager Tony Bush reports on a stunning season finale for the mens British League team;

Congratulations and thanks to all team members, coaches and supporters on clinching the BAL National Division One title with another victory at Liverpool on Saturday, the first time we have won this prestigious title in 33 years of BAL membership. We needed to finish in the top two in Liverpool to win the League title and we had to battle hard to do this. In a tight contest, only 11 points separated the top four teams. 

The day began with solid performances in the early field events.  Matt Carter-Davies and Dave Norris placed fifth and third in the hammer, while Andrew Torreggiani, on debut, and Kaspars Kazemaks, took fifth and fourth spots in the long jump.   This left us in fourth spot, behind Liverpool, Kingston and Windsor.

The opening four track events produced some excellent results, notably a third place on debut for James Downing in the 800 metres, with Laurance Edwards missing B string victory by one-hundredth of a second but setting a BAL PB.  Terry Fawden set a new PB of 9.29.36 for fourth in the steeplechase while Matt Carey returned to action to clock his best ‘chase time for two years.  After these six events, we had dropped to fifth, but only 11 points behind new leaders Sale.

The middle six events produced some great results for Harrow, notably a third consecutive double win for Miguel Perera and Jack Kirby in the sprint hurdles, a B string victory for Ollie Smith in the 400 metres, and fast 1500 metres times for Neil McCartan and Conall Kirk, who set a new PB.  At this stage, we had taken the lead with 214 points but four other teams were within 16 points of our total.

The next three events produced solid, rather than spectacular, performances but there was a new PB for 14 year-old Luka Stanisci-Brown in the triple jump, on debut, with 12.72.  With just four events to go, two relays and two field events, we had dropped to fourth, behind Blackheath, Sale and Liverpool, and victory looked unlikely.

The relay teams produced great results, second in the sprint event, with a fast 42.13, and third in the long relay, with a good 3.19.01.  This moved us up to third, but 16 points behind joint leaders Blackheath and Sale.  The final result depended on the last two field events.   Charlie Granville (knee) and Dave Sketchley (hamstring) both had injury problems but they came through with great results, third in the A string for Charlie and second in the B event for Dave.   This kept us in third spot, ten points down on Sale and just two points behind Blackheath.

All eyes turned to the pole vault, which was running late because of problems with the wind direction.   JJ Lister, second in the A string with 4.78, and Owen Heard, winner of the B string with his second best ever vault of 4.38, beat their Blackheath rivals and were well clear of the Sale vaulters, to clinch a nine points’ team victory and secure the National Division One trophy.   What a day and what a season!

New Club records

Nick Andrews, our resident stato, has been busy on your behalf compiling recent Club records that have been set this season – visit here for the latest details.

Nick reports that Rayne Tapper broke the Club 100m and 200m U13 records on Tuesday at the Willesden Track Academy!

These runs confirm Rayne as the UK #1 ranked U13 athlete on Power of 10 for both the 100m and 200m.

With her and Nia Wedderburn-Goodison, we have two exceptional sprinters in U13 and U15 ages groups.

Also Miguel Perera  has broken a long standing 110m hurdles senior mens record whilst competing in France!

Congrats to all the athletes who have set new record marks this year to date 🙂


English Schools Success

Harrow athletes enjoyed great success at the English Schools championships held this weekend in Birmingham winning no less than 6 medals!

The Medal winners were:

  • Emily Russell – Gold – 100m Hurdles ( Senior Girls )
  • Isabel Wakefield – Silver 100m Hurdles ( Senior Girls )
  • Jade Spencer-Smith – Gold – Pole Vault  ( Intermediate Girls )
  • Owen Heard – Silver – Pole Vault  ( Intermediate Boys ) 
  • Adam Rowlands  – Bronze  400m Hurdles  ( Intermediate Boys ) 
  • Nia Wedderburn-Goodison Silver in the 100m U15 Girls

In total we had 16 athletes who competed at English Schools which is a great achievement just to make the entry standard – congratulations to all the athletes and their coaches.

On the back of this success, Owen, Jade and Adam will represent England Schools in the home international at Grangemouth on Saturday.

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