The Club hosted the second round of the veterans league at Bannister stadium last Monday and a few photos below – apologies there are no field events.
We also had a few athletes running in the Watford open meeting last night with some encouraging results for our younger athletes all racing over 1500m: Annabelle Suffield recorded 5:02.3, Luca Matharu ran 4:22.1 and Chris Hudson edged closer to sub 4 with 4:03 🙂
Sunday 11th July at Uxbridge saw the second SAL league match of the 2021 campaign. We were lucky with the weather as the rain held off and a good day’s competition took place. This season, due to the pandemic, is very different to usual seasons. We are participating in a local league against 5 other clubs from all the various SAL divisions.
The SAL table itself will be worked out using the “Bromilow” scoring system based solely on the performances of the scoring athletes. Plus, for the purpose of the league, the best match score of the season out of the 4 fixtures will be used. After this second match, we are in a very strong second place and are very close on the heels of Windsor.
The team performed admirably, especially as we had 6 “A” string athletes pull out in the 24 hours leading up to the match due to illness, injury or self-isolating. Within our local league we won the day (gaining revenge on Thames Valley Harriers). There were some stand out performances on the day.
Owen Heard jumping 6.72 in the Long Jump, Richard Carr stepping in to do High Jump at the last minute and winning with what can only be described as the easiest 1.85 clearance I have ever seen! Dajon Wright and Owen Heard running a procession in the 110m hurdles.
Emma Beardmore and Makayla Joseph had 2”A” string wins and 3”B” string wins between them in Shot, Discus & Hammer. Megan Baily won Pole Vault and just for good measures won “B” string in both High Jump and 100m hurdles. Saoirse Chinery-Edoo won Shot and Discus and won “B” string Pole Vault. Emily Antcliffe set a new V40 club record in winning “B” string 5000. There were plenty of other great performances and many pb’s.
Well done team and looking forward to match 3 on 15th August (moved from 14th August) where I can confirm there will be electronic timing and photo finish so hopefully a good turnout.
Finally here’s a few photos to see who did what and how good they looked doing it! 😉
Last weekend saw Harrow athletes competing in the English Schools Championships in Manchester.
Currently in the form of her life, Nia Wedderburn-Goodson won the Intermediate Womens 200 gold with a time of 23.72 and Luca Stanisci-Brown took the silver medal in the Senior mens Triple jump with 14.28 – congrats to both!
Also in action and gaining valuable experience at this level were Rayne Tapper, Luca Matharu and Makayla Joseph.
A rather belated Veterans League competiton also took place on Monday 5th July at Stevenage – some of the old masters shown below!
Finally, there was a special occasion at Bannisters this Tuesday as Dave Gordon’s middle distance group celebrated his “special” birthday and sent him on his way to the Tokyo Olympic Games with some super momentoes! Dave is a member of the IOC Host Broadcast Quality Control team so no pressure but don’t c*** it up Dave, the world is watching! 😉
Congratulations to all team members, officials and coaches on winning our ‘centenary’ NAL match at Stonex Stadium on Sunday. We finished 32 points clear of Shaftesbury and are now second in the NAL Premiership League table. Provisional results and tables attached but some results need confirmation.
Holly Mills, on her Club debut, warmed up for the Euro under 23s in Estonia with a double victory (long jump and shot), while also winning the B javelin. Her long jump of 6.20 is a new Club record. Nia Wedderburn-Goodison, national under 20 champion, again took the sprint double. Rachel McCann smashed her pb and the club record with a time of 54.12s.
Ade Omitowoju (TJ) and Cathy Coleman (javelin) also won their events. Emily Antcliffe set a new Club W40 record in taking the 3000 metres. Guest Lily Carlaw set a new Club under17 discus record with 43.77m. Taia Tunstall placed third in a tough discus competition but has now been selected for the Euro under 20 champs, also in Estonia – congratulations.
Dan Howells (1.51.99) and Neil Johnston (3.51.20) both won their events on Sunday and were also fastest across the four Premiership venues. Other A string victories were from Omar Grant (100), Miguel Perera (110H), Ross Connor (‘chase), and George Hyde (shot). The sprint relay team of Owen Heard, Luke Collis, Miguel Perera and Omar Grant won in a fast 41.99, to top the UK club rankings for 2021. Joseph Lister returned to competition following shoulder surgery and vaulted an impressive 4.90.
The next NAL fixture is on Sunday 8 August at Woodford.