SEAA CC Relays

Harrow AC’s Senior men came 19th out of 31s teams in the Southern CC relay champs and the fast and still dry 4km Wormwood scrubs.

Jonathan Morgan led the team off with a strong performance clocking 12:34 -with his time within the fastest 50th of the day- finishing leg 1 in 18th place. Jim Cooper held this position to record a solid 13:26 followed by an excellent 13:40 by Curtis Stevens as he and the late arriving Malik Johnson dropped just one place with Malik who is still returning to full fitness running a time of 14:03.

Kevin Fini ran the 1st leg for the incomplete B team in 13.18 as he covered for Mailk- rumours are that Jim attributed Kevin’s slightly faster time down to the advantage of being in the more competitive first leg…

In the junior men’s race, our sole representative Chris Hudson ran an impressive 9:26 as he recorded the 10th fastest time of the day.

In the junior races, our U15 girls ran well to place 10th, with the squad of Kayla Saunders, Annabelle Suffield and Hollie Ford. The U13 boys also successfully competed in finishing 12th team with Dominic Frearson, Cameron Bristow and Charlie Robert 🙂

Swedish Master Champs, October 23rd
Damian Nevins may have started a bit too fast as he is getting to know the ‘names’ in Swedish endurance running and fell over coming out of the water- to finish 7th just18 seconds off 3rd place at the Swedish v40 xc champs in Höganäs. Conditions were described by locals as ‘proper xc conditions’……… Sweden.  

Metropolitan League – Claybury

What an absolute delight to get back to full-on league cross country competition and for once the Claybury venue was not the the Glastonbury style mud festival but instead a much drier and harder on the feet course – much to the annoyance of Chris, I’m sure 😉

In the youger athletes there were good performances from Ethan Hinds (Boys U11), Sofia Cestaro (Girls U13), Michael Cattini & Arthur Hobbs (Boys U15), Kayla Saunders & Emiley Axtel (Girls U15), Luca Matharu & Sammy Smith (Boys U17) and Sofia Latham (6th!) & Olivia Matharu (Girls U17) – well done to all of you and we will build on these teams in the coming matches!

Senior teams match reports follow below and thanks to Ian and Federica for the assorted race and team photos!

Our collective aim(s) this season were as follows:

  1. Field at least 18 runners per match
  2. Challenge for promotion to Division 1 in the Senior Men’s team
  3. Challenge for promotion to Division 1 in the Veteran Men’s team

Going by the provisional results and unless there has been a catastrophic mess up on a par with the ‘extra distance’ at the recent Brighton Marathon, it looks we achieved ALL of these aims after the First round! Yes, the conditions were more like American xc or World xc courses- dry, firm and pretty fast- and we know courses are likely to get more churned up as the season progresses- which will sort the men from the boys- but this was a brilliant start to the campaign! 

Special mention to Jim Cooper who not only raced, scored for the club and team managed on the day, he also has to coordinate the pain-staking process of assisting with club membership and registration of many of the club’s athletes. We must not forget the Senior Women’s team brilliantly managed by Lesley McArdles who fielded 8 women to secure 2nd place in Division 3 and in with a chance of promotion- a big improvement from previous years.

Mens Results

The senior men fielded a 21 man strong- squad. Club president Tony Bush was racking his brains to remember the last time we achieved this! Well done to everyone who ran-this was a team effort. 

Chris Hudson produced the best winter performance by an u20 Harrow AC athlete since the days of Adam Bowden. The 17 year old in his first race over 8km led the ‘A’ team home to a 294 point win and was second Junior athlete and 33rd Senior Man. David Lawrence showed his fitness is still strong in 44th whilst Jonathan Morgan and Narayan Satheesh made excellent debuts in 49th and 57th. Jim Cooper rolled back the years to produce a superb run in 61st place (3rd v45). Fergal Keaney ran well on his club and xc debut and was just behind in 67th closely followed by Phil Benson, Dave Branfoot and Micheal O’Sullivan all in the top 100.

The ‘B’ team in a narrow 9 point win was led home by Declan Traynor in 132nd, as Curtis Stevens making his xc debut, Aaron Clement, Chris Finill (2nd v60) all sealed top 200 places. Finishing off the scoring for the B team were Nick Andrews, Jag Matharu, Mike Lepps and Peter Norris. Jabill Chibwana, Rob Hawkes and Tom Morris had solid runs with another 30 or so runners behind Tom demonstrating the sheer volume of runners out racing. The veteran men’s team were 2nd just two points behind ESM in the team standings.

Senior womens report:

This weekend saw our eagerly awaited return to cross country thanks to the first Met League race in Claybury. Despite the rain in Harrow that morning by the time we’d made the long journey all the way across the Central Line it was brilliant sunshine in Claybury! The course itself, lacking the Harrow rain, was much more akin to a trail race than the traditional cross country we’ll no doubt see before the end of the season. It provided a great introductory race for our first time cross country women though and a testing hill which I’m sure we’ll all remember for some weeks to come!

We fielded a larger women’s team than we have done for many seasons to great effect, the team spirit was noticeable! As part of our team, in addition to our established cross country runners we had some first time cross country-ers, all of whom acquitted themselves excellently over the course and are hopefully raring to come back for more XC.

Leading the Harrow women home was Federica, finishing 28th in not only her debut for the club but her cross country debut! Clearly the dedicated OCR and road running training she does pays dividends for cross country too, a fantastic debut. Next home was fellow first time cross country runner Issy, becoming a regular at the Tuesday night track sessions it was great to see Issy finish in 54th place for an excellent debut. Our 3rd finisher was Jo, a remarkable performance considering Jo did her first marathon at the VLM only a couple of weeks previously, finishing in 69th place. Completing the first four was Jennifer, after a long summer season racing track for the club Jennifer is starting to turn her attention to longer distances again and had a great run to finish 106th.

Next across the line was Lesley, still building back after a long injury this race showed steady progress to finish 118th. Immediately following in 119th place was first time cross country runner Laure, another great debut, it was great to see the sensible race strategy pay off for this strong performance. Next home was Katia, we are delighted to have Katia back on the team after being kept away with injury and to see her cross the line in 172nd position. Completing our octet was Kelly, another runner who was making both her cross country debut and her club debut at this race, it was a really solid performance from Kelly to finish in 178th place.

Overall the team’s efforts meant Harrow Women finished a fabulous 2nd in the division, an excellent start to the team goal of achieving promotion this season. Also to be credited with achieving this result are the officials from the club who helped make this happen – Ian, Jim, Damian and Sarah, a massive thank you for your assistance.

Congratulations to the Harrow men and young athletes teams on their performances today and thank you to Woodford Green with Essex Ladies for hosting this event and the hospitality afterwards in the clubhouse.

London Marathon & Mini Marathons

The London Marathon returned to the streets of London yesterday and there were some excellent performances from the club. Club stalwart and legend Chris Finill continued his ever present streak at the London Marathon 3 hrs 10 mins.

New member Mark Smith achieved his aim of breaking 3 hours to come home in 2hrs 58 mins. Adam Towle – who has managed his energy and sleep levels all year being the father to a 1 year old- carved 8 minutes off his pb in running 2 hrs 42 mins!

Just ahead of him was Jack Whitebury who took 14 mins off from his pb to record 2 hrs 41 mins.  Second claim member Harry Lupton made an excellent marathon debut in 2 hrs 29 mins!

For the youngsters who ran a shortened Mini Marathon course of 2.6Km it was still a very exciting race despite Kyra Adams thinking it seemed like a sprint the whole way 😉 Congrats to Sofia Latham on a top ten position as she finished 8th in her age group. Also its was very nice to see new member Julio Calvino join in the U17 boys team 🙂

Photos below including a selection of some our Harrow parkrun regulars who all did rather well!

Photos © of Mike Lepps – please credit if reused.

Photos © of Mike Lepps – please credit if reused.

September Open Meetings

The Club hosted a sprints and middle distance open meeting on Thursday evening at the Bannister stadium with the results here and some photos below. Nice to see Josh Wood sprinting again and good luck to all those competing in the final Southern League of the season at Parliament Hill tomorrow.

The second September open meeting was held on 16th September – results here.

Veterans league round 3

Some of the Clubs veterans were in action on Monday evening at a hot and sticky Lee Valley stadium and there were plenty of new age group records being set! Nick Andrews was rampaging through his new M50 age group and Mike Lepps set a new mark for 3Km – previously no V60 record existed. Thanks to team manager Alan Perry for getting the athletes out all season!

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