Last night the Club held a hugely successful 3K open meeting with over 200 athletes visiting the Bannister Stadium to compete across 12 seeded races. Despite the sunny but surprisingly cool conditions, there were personal bests and near bests for many of our athletes – full roundup to follow shortly.
It was also an occassion to send off Damian Nevins with our best wishes and he ran well to finally improve on Mike Green’s 1990 V40 record (9:10) with a mark of 8:59.31! Chris Hudson also broke the 9 minute barrier with 8:56.85 – well done to all our athletes last night!
Thank you also to all the race organisers and volunteers who did such a splendid job in making the meeting such a success. There were many very happy athletes going home grateful that they were once again competing and looking forward to a summer season with great optimism! Below are the meeting photos – I hope I captured everyone at least once.
We finally had our second cross country race of the season thanks to round 2 of the ATW XC Series at Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood. It’s been a long wait since the first race in October so everyone was keen to get back out and race again. As it is April, (not a month known for XC!) the ground was very dry and hard, giving the race a very different feel than what we are used to and testing running conditions.
Overall it was a great performance from our women’s team with all three athletes running well. Jo Finill led the Harrow women home with a great performance calmly picking her way through the field as the race progressed to finish 16th overall in 37:28, a great return for her first race in 15 months! Next home was Jennifer Keal who continued her run of consistent performances for the club and showed the rewards of all that dedicated lockdown training to finish 30th in 39:36. Completing the trio was Lesley McArdle in her return to racing after a lengthy absence following illness and injury, hopefully this has laid down a marker to start building back up from after finishing 39th in 41:10.
Congratulations to our Harrow men and junior teams for their performances today and a big thank you to ATW for organising the event! Ian’s match photos are online here.
Men’s report: Well done to everyone who ran at Round 2 of the Activeworld xc series at Merchant Taylor’s yesterday. The course was dry but technically challenging and pretty uneven underfoot!
Damian Nevins couldn’t keep up with the front group so held onto 6th place for most of the race, Declan Traynor (17th) showed a return to form to hold off Adam Towle (21st) who is still getting to grips with cross-country. Ever consistent Chris Finill grabbed a top 50 placing despite tweaking his hamstring during the race.
Nick Andrews also slowly coming back to form enjoyed the course in 54th. Donning a Harrow AC vest for the first time, Jag Matharu was inspired to place to finish 65th. Peter Butler , Rob Hawkes and John Hinchin all clinched top 100 spots. Kevin Concannon and Tom Morris both had solid runs in 129th and 137th.
In other news; Luke Hunt continued his resurgence in form to claim his first sub 16 minutes track 5000m at Battersea Park on March 31st. Let’s hope this is the start of a successful summer for him. Phil Benson in his final year studying medicine in Bulgaria ran a pb over half-marathon this morning (73:46)- just reward for months of consistent training- as he finished in 6th place in the Stara Zagora Half-Marathon. Earlier this month John Hinchin ran 63:10 at the St Alban’s 10km- a good test after recent injuries.
Following recent government and EA announcements regarding the gradual reopening of sporting facilities (amongst other things) we are pleased to confirm that the Bannister Stadium will also resume opening on Monday, 29th March.
With the great news that league competition will also resume in late May, athletes will be keen to get back into the full swing of track and field based training and your coaching leads will no doubt be in touch to confirm arrangements for your group.
The Club will also host a series of open meetings (similar format to those held Autumn 2020) commencing with 3000m races on 22nd April and following with 800/1500m a week later on the 29th. The online entries for the first fixture are now available here: https://data.opentrack.run/en-gb/x/2021/GBR/hac3kmspring1/
And entries for the second open meeting can now be made here –
The middle distance squad greatly benefitted from some good weather last Saturday for the latest round of time trials mostly over 5Km and 1mile – certainly an improvement on Januarys challenging conditions!
Thanks also to Damian Nevins for organising the squad and also in announcing his impending move to Sweden over the Easter holidays – good luck Damian!
In the meantime we expect Bannister stadium to reopen soon after 29th March or early April at the latest, but stay alert for the promised date.
Also it looks like we will have a summer season to look forward to as most of the regional and national leagues are finalising their timetables which will be posted shortly.